March’s afternoon tea was taken at La Tour hotel in Birmingham.  The hotel is a modern beautifully decorated 4 star hotel in Birmingham City Centre.  I have been lucky enough to have had afternoon tea here before and loved it that much I decided to make a return visit. The hotel opened in 2012 as part of Birmingham’s regeneration plans and has a modern elegant feel to it.  Marco Pierre White also has his first ever English Chophouse contained within the hotel which specialises in high quality meat cuts which are prepared with precision by trained staff. I was served… View Post

I not sure whether I am alone with this or not but I am one of these people who likes my own company.  I really need to have some time each day on my own.  It relaxes and calms me.  I find I get quite overwhelmed if I don’t have this time on my own.  I’d like to think it isn’t me being anti social but more taking care of my personal happiness and well being. I’ve often found other people question this and say that they would get bored being on their own.  I can understand how this could… View Post

Cola cupcakes. Sounds a little strange but oh my. How gorgeous they are. Last week I just needed an afternoon in the kitchen. I needed to mess around and play with a recipe until I had created a mouthful of yumminess. I think I ended up creating the yummy cupcakes I was looking for. It’s a recipe I’m really liking and can’t wait to make these little beauties again. Not quite sure why I added cola to a chocolate cake recipe but it gave them s lovely caramel taste which complemented the salted peanut frosting rather well. To make these… View Post

Back in July of 2012 be we finally became members of English Heritage.  We had been members of The National Trust for a number of years and it is fair to say that we had certainly used our membership to the full.  I soon discovered that there were so many other places we would be able to visit locally if we took up membership with English Heritage too.  Our first place of call was the pretty Shropshire town of Much Wenlock and Wenlock Priory. The Anglo-Saxon monastery dates back to around 680 and is situated in the picturesque town on Much… View Post

I’ve spoken about this a few times on the blog but I am currently renovating my home.  When I moved in the style was very 1980’s and like most people we are on a limited budget.  I’m not somebody who does white/cream/beige throughout my house.  I like a little colour and like a statement wall.  As an alternative for wallpaper I have considered wall murals which are relatively inexpensive and can easily be adhered to the wall with little DIY expertise. Wall murals are great for small rooms, as well as larger surfaces and they can dramatically change the design… View Post