I was recently invited to The Perch, Oxford to try their new spring menu. Never having been before I was agog with curiosity as I had heard all good things. Based in Northwest Oxford it’s a handy location, sited near to Port Meadow and, thus, offering succour to parched walkers as well as the Rah lunchtime crowd. The drive there was an adventure of the unexpected. The Sat Nav lead me through the strange urban dreariness of the Oxford outskirts, past one or two business parks and industrial estates until I despaired of ever finding The Perch to be the rural idyll of pub-hood I’d heard it touted as. Almost as soon as this thought crossed my mind I turned left, went over a small bridge and found myself in the depths of the green and pleasant countryside in which Oxfordshire specialises.
Review of corduroy bloomers from Pigeon Organics
I may have mentioned before how much I like wee girlies wearing bloomers, but they’re not necessarily that easy to find, and not always in great colours. I was absolutely thrilled when I found this scarlet corduroy pair from a local, Oxfordshire business. Pigeon Organics makes fabby childrens’ clothing with an ethical background, local sourcing and unique styles and patterns.
This is a review of the Wallingford Book Shop and in it I am going to give away one of my big secrets. Yes, if you know me and you have a birthday coming up please look away now, because my go-to present of choice when I have no idea what to buy someone is always a book. This is only in-part due to the fact that a book just makes a very nice present (have you seen how Iceland feels about them?). Of late it is in far larger part due to the fact that I live within easy reach of Wallingford and Wallingford is home of the super duper, love-it-till-I-die Wallingford Book Shop.
‘Where in Oxford is best for afternoon tea?’ – this is the question I sent out into the ether of my local facebook group and, for a special occasion, the answer was overwhelmingly in favour of The Old Parsonage. Once there, I couldn’t waste an opportunity, so out came the camera, on went my blogger hat and oops – oh yes, there were the curious looks as I scrunched myself up in the corner to get that shot.
Who knew there were so many ways to tie a scarf? Not me. I’m really more of a wrap-it-round-and-round-til-I-run-out-of-scarf girl, but watching LisaB, the stylist, twist a variety of different scarves into ever more complex ties made me realise anew just how far my standards have slipped since I became a parent.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been hugely into fashion, so an invitation to a styling and fashion event at the Olivia May boutique in Oxford filled me with equal amounts of excitement (a child free night out!) and hesitation (fashion? me? um….) Mostly I went along because I have made a resolution to push myself this year – try and expand my horizons a little. Where better to do this than at an event that filled me with trepidation?
First: a disclaimer. I adore paper books, I do not think they are redundant and they are my go-to gift for adults and children alike. Thank God for my local independent book shop – they rock. However, since I was given an e-reader for Christmas last year I am a total convert from my luddite, paper-book addict self and feel they are an essential piece of kit for all parents. I now need my Kindle and here are my reasons: