Bright green palm leaves, swaying against a gentle breeze; peonies bursting out in bloom; the smell of freshly cut grass — it’s all deliciously relaxing.
Very much at the heart of our green and pleasant land, we British have always loved botanicals: on our walls and upholstery, framed or on frocks, we are instantly captivated by plants and flowers
If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea as we do here, you can’t help but love a bit of nauticalia.
But whether you are channelling (geddit!?) anchors, Breton stripes or deck shoes, the nautical look has edged its way into your wardrobe. Every summer it’s everywhere — fashion’s catch of the day!
Join Sarah Jane Wilson as we get ship-shape!
Let us set sail on a voyage across the fair seas of vintage.
Anne King visits one of the area’s growing number of eco-homes to find out what’s involved in living off-grid.
It was 16 years ago that Pat Bowcock moved into a tiny caravan in an empty pony paddock on the outskirts of Litton Cheney.
She had a dog for company, but no power or facilities, or, it turned out on the first night, even a torch.
She had been living in a lovely house in Litton. She was married to a head teacher, was a mum with two children and had a steady job with a GP.
But she felt an increasing desire to live in a different way.
My mother only usually rang when she wanted something but this time it was different: “Jo dear, it’s got a four-oven Aga — and a cellar!”
Fringing ‘n’ flares suede skirts ‘n’ shaggy styles. oh yes, Boho 1970s is a major 2015 trend!
The 1970s are often referred to as “the decade that taste forgot” and “a hangover from the swinging sixties” yet they brought us the Pompidou centre in Paris, The Magic Roundabout in full colour, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Carole King’s Tapestry and Joni Mitchell’s Blue albums. Hmm, maybe enough said.
Coloured flokati rugs and even indoor hanging plants are being hailed as the homeware heroes of the season! Spider plant, anyone? But, wait, why buy new?
For an authentic 1970s vibe, Sarah Jane Wilson makes some groovy suggestions.