Saturday, 30 October 2010


I was looking for inspiration for a costume to wear to Beauty And The Beast tonight and found some great tea cup images. This beautiful miniature tea cup ring can be found on etsy and it is a bargain! Possibly a belated birthday present to myself. The Christian Dior Haute Couture tea cup wedding dresses. *gush* 

Christian Dior tea cup inspired gown

I love the tea cup hat it's perfect if only I had more time but a great idea for next year.


“Once upon a time there lived a young Prince who had everything his heart desired, but was spoilt and selfish.”So selfish that, when he refuses an old beggar woman shelter in his castle in exchange for a beautiful red rose, he is turned into a Beast. We know what the outcome will be, we know the moral of the story that Beauty is in the soul and always more than skin deep... 
We are going to BLOC Productions Beauty And The Beast tonight at the Hippodrome. This is one of my all time favorites and I'm looking forward to seeing it with Steve and Connor tonight. 
Hmm... I wonder if I can find a last minute Tea Cup costume?!

Monday, 18 October 2010

"If I know what love is, it is because of you"

 taken by Christy Gillespie Oct, 17 ,2010 
- We've been married for 2 months today!

Sunday, 17 October 2010


I finally got a chance to make my centerpiece for the table. I used the vine grapes and leaves from the garden. The only thing to add now is some Conkers... We spent this beautiful fall morning at Woody's Farm Shop and picked out some pumpkins to carve in a few week & of course gave some attention to the farm animals. xoxox

Thursday, 14 October 2010


I am going to make this on Saturday after a trip to the farm. It reminds me of the one Lynn and Connor made for  Thanksgiving 09, they used the vine grapes from our garden. Lynn gave us the perfect bowl  for it... Bring on the weekend!



Last year around this time we spent in Nice & Monaco one of my favorite holidays so far since moving back to England. In Nice we stayed at Le Meridian on The Promenade Des Anglais. It's a beautiful hotel with a rooftop restaurant and pool. We took the bus tour and stopped at the Chagall Museum, walked along the Promenade Des Anglais, swam in the Med &  had some great wine, bread & olives. In Monaco we stayed at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo which also has a beautiful luxury roof-top pool. Our room was located on the famous hairpin turn of their Grand Prix. The aquarium in Monte Carlo is great and has a lovely roof-top restaurant to enjoy before or after admission. We saw the changing of the guards at the Palace Princier de Monaco and Princess Grace gardens which has over 100 species of cactus. Steve & I found some great restaurants and he was able to practice his French! I loved that everyone was still enjoying the water in October, swimming seems to be very popular with the locals. We often saw people show up with a  loaf of crusty french bread for their after swim snack!


I went to see the film The Social Network.I liked it... A strange feeling came over me as I was on my way out of the theater, logging into Facebook to post my thoughts on the movie. I wonder if anyone else will have the same reaction. A very 1984 moment.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


My husband Steve sent me this recipe with this message.. "For your baking pleasure!  And my eating! I love you my little muffin!" 

They turned out so good I wanted to share the recipe he found. 

Pumpkin Muffins
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp pumpkin-pie spice (a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice)
1.25 cups plus 1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Equipment: 12 foil or paper muffin liners; a muffin pan with 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven toe 350F. Put liners in muffin cups.
Whisk together flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin-pie spice, 1.25 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.
Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.
Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about 3/4 full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and a wooden pick or skewer inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes, then transfer muffins from  pan  to rack and cool to warm or room temperature. 

ps. don't forget to let me know how yours turn out please! xo

Monday, 11 October 2010


I explained to Steve tonight again about my dream of owning this Pashley Princess Classic. No, I won't be able to ride it in Bristol (too many hills) & it would most likely sit in the office but once in a while we could go on romantic picnics and this would be the perfect bike for that. We went to Mud Docks bike shop and spoke to the manager about this beautiful bike retailing at £595.00 The manager agreed with me when I mentioned it was the "mini cooper" of the bike world. I think this bike may be worth walking up the hills of Bristol... ;) I really want my Canadian Girl in Europe moment and this bike just may do it. Steve's answer to this: do you think we may be able to rent it? Hmmmm....The quintessential English town and country bicycle!


Sunday, 10 October 2010

BATH RUGBY 10/10/10

What a great way to spend a blustery Sunday. We are headed to watch the Heineken Cup Match against Biarritz  in Bath. This will be my first time seeing a rugby match, guys don't looks too bad. :) Thanks for getting us tickets Steve. Canada,  I hope you all are enjoying some sort of family celebration. We will be making our Turkey Lurkey tonight will all the fixins. xoxo

Saturday, 9 October 2010


Found @ Style Me Pretty Bridal Inspirations
Christian Louboutin


Steve and I are making Jamie Oliver's Incredible Baked Lamb Shanks. We have only ever ordered lamb in restaurants but have never tried to make it at home. I'm excited to see how it turns out.
Happy Thanksgiving weekend Canada! xoxo

Friday, 8 October 2010


 We were invited to a cocktail party at The Museum Of Bath At Work. I love a chance to get dressed up but some cocktail parties can be very boring. We were lucky enough to chat to some very fun people and listen to The Bath Big Band, we ended up staying until the end. I was feeling hungry on the way home and I suggested a McDonalds night cap, before catching the train back to Bristol. The two of us sitting in McDonalds "dressed to the nines" and enjoying our Quarter Pounder's... It was a perfect moment & boy, does my husband looks sweet in a tux.

Thursday, 7 October 2010


 Canadian friends came to visit for a few days and we all really wanted to see Eat Pray Love. It did not disappoint and I ALMOST enjoyed it as much as the book.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010


Candace and Andrea are visiting for a few days and we thought we would have a proper girly day today,. baking, home facials & shopping. Hopefully we will be making some October pumpkin pie. What a great way to spend a few days with friends and catch up. xoxo

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


Applehead Studio Photography keeps showing up all over the place. It has to be, one of the most popular agencies in Halifax, N.S....

I've known a few people who have used Applehead and I think his work is amazing. My friends Anita & Josh are getting married in 4 months and just had their engagement photo shoot done. I love the it! I hope they bring this genius to their destination wedding in Mexico. If not they can always choose to do his very popular "Trash The Dress" shoot but, I am not sure if Anita will be willing to do this, since she has hunted high and low for the perfect dress. 

Lyndsey & Ryan also had their engagement and wedding photos done & they are stunning. This guy is super talented. You can check out more of  his work at appleheadstudio 

Sunday, 3 October 2010


"It is good to act as if. It is even better to grow to the point where it is no longer an act."
– Charles Caleb Colton   

My daily quote sometimes fits perfectly with my life.

Saturday, 2 October 2010


I followed my husband to Barrow-In-Furness on business. We stayed at the Fairway Hotel which has a driving range and golf course next to it. I spent the mornings at the driving range getting reacquainted with my swing, what a great form of exercise. I am feeling muscles I have not used in a very long time. On Thursday Steve was off early and I convinced him to come have a go, we both had a great time and lots of laughs. It was another great week in Barrow. I had dinner with the gang, lunch with the girls and got an incredible facial at Boss. I also took a chance and had my hair foiled at the Priory, it turned out great, phew!. The lake District is breathtaking I would love to have a little caravan parked right in the middle for fun weekends away in the North. xoxo


Happy first day of October! My favourite month of the entire year.