Month: September 2017

The History of Hysteria and the Dawn of the Vibrator

The History of Hysteria and the Dawn of the Vibrator

The history of hysteria is a fascinating one. The idea that the womb is the seat of irrational and emotional behaviour in women has seemed perfectly logical to men throughout history. In 1801 the condition was finally labelled hysteria, from the Greek word for the […]

Terrific Terrines

Terrific Terrines

Terrines have a long and illustrious history, and they are easy both to create and eat. The first terrines (or pâtés) probably date back to the Romans, but recipes have evolved over the centuries. One of the things I love about them is that whilst […]

Vintage Housewife – keeping the household happy

Vintage Housewife – keeping the household happy

Advice for women in the 1930s: ‘Nothing destroys the happiness of married life more than the lazy, slovenly wife’ It must have been a grim for wives at the turn of the 20th century, judging by advice given to them on how to keep their […]

The Lost Art of Ironing

The Lost Art of Ironing

There was a time when a crumpled dress or shirt would be deemed a sign of slovenliness, but there is now good news for domestic dissenters: ironing has become unfashionable. Whilst the vintage housewife may have prided herself on the quality of her starched collars […]

Detoxing with Seaweed

Detoxing with Seaweed

I recently took a trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand, where in addition to many holistic treatments I thoroughly enjoyed a variety of excellent detoxifying  smoothies and fresh juices. On my return home I felt inspired to get my blender out and create some healthy […]

The Trip of a Lifetime: The Northern Lights

The Trip of a Lifetime: The Northern Lights

People talk about crossing things off their bucket list and to be honest I’ve never really thought about this idea myself, until I experienced standing on a frozen lake witnessing the Northern Lights with my two young daughters staring up at the sky in awe, […]

Soap Opera – the drama of soap making

Soap Opera – the drama of soap making

Soap has gone very artisan in recent years and is a far cry from the artificial smelling, aqua-marine soap that filled the bathroom soap dishes of my childhood. Today soap can still be purchased in cellophane wrapped uniformed bars but home-made soap is a wholly […]

Preserving Holiday Memories with Nostalgic Keepsakes

Preserving Holiday Memories with Nostalgic Keepsakes

It doesn’t matter whether you go to the Maldives or Morecambe Beach if you are in good company and enjoying a wonderful holiday it is only natural that you will want to preserve some of your holiday memories and whilst we live in a digital […]

Gone to the Dogs:  The Isle of Dogs, that is.

Gone to the Dogs:  The Isle of Dogs, that is.

I’ve always wanted to visit the Isle of Dogs, in all honesty more for its name than anything else, so when I got the opportunity to visit I was determined to discover some of history behind this curiously named part of London. Canary Wharf situated […]

The Jaffa Cake Crisis

The Jaffa Cake Crisis

Sadly we are not strangers to shrinking foods. Two Christmas’ ago we were disappointed at the stingy size of the new Quality Street tins or more accurately the plastic tubs as they are nowadays. Then there was Toblerone-gate matter where the Toblerone changed it’s iconic shape and […]