With the glorious weather at the moment, we’ve been spending so much more time in our garden – and working our way through really improving it. I wanted to share these 5 quick ways to transform your garden – ideas to let your personality really shine through and bring in touches of your favourite travel destinations – no matter what size it is. Disclosure: this garden guide was comissioned by Grass Direct, purveyors of cheap artificial grass, but all ideas are very much my own.
I’ve scoured Pinterest for hours, created all kinds of garden layouts on online software and had many many a conversation with Mr Kiwi about what we wanted to do with our little corner of the world – and some of the loveliest moments in our garden have come from really simple design ideas.
On a busy office day, the temptation to remove yet another decision between meetings and grab a boring sandwich and a packet of crisps makes total sense. But, there’s an unfettered joy to be had when you have full access to your own kitchen – these 15 lunch ideas for working from home are some of my favourites.
Did you know that according to research one third of Britons eat the same lunch daily, and half say they have been eating it for six years? Well, forget that old cheese and hamd sandwich – switch them up for one of these simple dishes that you can grab between video calls or a slightly more complicated one that you can pop in the slowcooker the evening before.
Have you ever seen those quirky, slightly jerky videos where items dance around the screen? They’re probably stop motions – a simple animation consisting of photos stitched cleverly together. I’ve been playing with a few of them recently, and as per popular request, put together this post detailing exactly how to make a stop motion video.
I’ve been a little obsessed with them since I discovered Wallace and Gromit – and was delighted to discover that it’s possible to make them myself – you simply take an image, move the prop in a small way, take an image, move the prop etc etc. then stitch the images together, like frames of a filmstrip.
We certainly hadn’t planned on spending this much time at home, and it’s been interesting trying to find a bit of an entertainment groove. I thought I’d share 9 things I’ve been doing during lockdown (between the days that we’ve really struggled with this comfortable but stifling state).
It’s a combination of proactive and relaxing activities – and we’re cutting ourselves a lot of slack – but it’s nice to have a combination of modern entertainments and practical things to do.
Piping hot, fluffy scones with mouth watering nuggets of dates, topped with butter melting into their hot surface. If you keep reading, consider yourself warned that this date scones recipe is addictive – made with simple store cupboard ingredients, they are ridiculously easy and scrumptious.
Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah. Date Scones. These, savoury muffins and pikelets (aka “scotch pancakes” for my Brits) are cornerstones of my Kiwi childhood. Memories of the kitchen full of sunshine, the smell of fresh baking and all us kids desperately trying to get hold of the hot delicacies. Now, I’d eat them on their own on a cosy winter afternoon or perhaps sneak them into afternoon tea.