Thursday 31 December 2015

This has been a truly great year and I can’t believe we’re on the cusp of a new one. Don’t get me wrong, the last twelve months have had their fair share of ups, downs and mega downs, but looking back … Continue reading →

Sunday 26 April 2015

When the sun is out, there’s nothing quite like a waterside setting to make you feel relaxed and on holiday. We toyed with the idea of loading up the little old car ‘Rusty’ and heading on down to the coast, with the nervous anticipation of whether or not we would actually make it up the […]

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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Unless you have had a bit of experience, are particularly green-fingered or have a very relaxed attitude, choosing a houseplant for a particular situation in the home can seem like a daunting task. ‘Will it get enough light?’ ‘Do I have to care for it a lot?’ ‘Will it actually do something?’ These are questions I often get posed […]

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Sunday 19 April 2015

I know I get to have lots of treats and fun times being the author of The Dorset Finca, but this was an especially fantastic treat! This week, I was welcomed into the studio of Nina Parker who is the creative genius behind Working Glass Jewellery. Not only was I supplied with a cup of […]

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Wednesday 15 April 2015

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all wistfully looking at the snowdrops and daffodils, imagining what spring would actually be like when it finally arrived.  Well the last few weeks have been more resemblant of early summer, here in Dorset, rather than spring… but as the sun is shining and the weather […]

Sunday 12 April 2015

This delicious little Dorset morsel was recommended to me a few weeks ago by a friend. Even the name ‘Culpepper’s Dish’ sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? The dish is located just outside the village of Briantspuddle, which is easily found off the dual carriage way leading into Dorchester. Those of you who (like me) enjoy information […]

Wednesday 08 April 2015

Ok, so the warm weather arrived this week and if you’re anything like me, you had a vision of mediterranean salads with fresh herbs and large dollops of cool mozzarella. In the excitement, you may have bought fresh pots of herbs from the supermarket to line your kitchen windowsill and stood back to bask in the loveliness. […]

Sunday 05 April 2015

  … lone sparrow … A huge and chocolate-filled Happy Easter to you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to. For us, it’s a great opportunity to mend the roof (yes, really) and start on a new garden project.  Fingers crossed that the weather will be a little calmer than it […]

Wednesday 01 April 2015

I’ll tell you how this post came about, as it wasn’t planned at all… but I’m so pleased that it materialised in my head because it has really given the Finca a much-needed Eastery lift! I had planned to take photos of the beautiful willow with its fluffy catkins and talk about how incredible that a […]

Sunday 29 March 2015

… a section of the original manor house … Our discovery of Fiddleford Manor was a complete, unexpected pleasure! How did I never know of its existence? I have probably driven past its little, lane entrance about a squillion times and never investigated further. What I loved most, at first sight, was the massive, free car park. […]

Wednesday 25 March 2015

… freshly baked … It felt like a baking kind of a day yesterday and it didn’t take long for the cry of ‘ooh macaroons’ to confirm what I was to make. I had planned to spend a morning, perusing my beautiful new recipe book The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home, over a cup of tea. I […]

Sunday 22 March 2015

 … my first anemone flower of the year … With the clocks soon to go forward and as the days get longer, it really is making me believe that we are shaking off the winter and heading full on into spring. However, it isn’t really spring yet and I need to be careful not to […]

Wednesday 18 March 2015

… newly planted primroses on the bank … You’ll remember from this post a few weeks back that we are in the process of creating a wild flower bank at the front of the house.  The bank already exists, just incase your mind conjures up visions of diggers and mounds of earth (in Mr D-F’s dreams). We […]

Sunday 15 March 2015

… the tide going out at Kimmeridge Bay … ‘Where’s Kimmeridge?” Mr D-F asked a while back. I was so astonished that anyone in Dorset and the surrounding counties could possibly not be aware of the existence of this very cool spot. It was decided then that Kimmeridge would be our next mission out and luckily the […]

Wednesday 11 March 2015

… one of the many beautiful hair clips at Stone Bridge hair accessories … I know that I don’t usually write about anything to do with hair or beauty. I think this is because I am, by no means, an expert in this field. I wanted to write this post because I had a little […]

Sunday 08 March 2015

… the brightly coloured, enticing displays at Sparrow UK, Shaftesbury … Last week, I stepped into the crafty world of Sparrow in Shaftesbury. It is not often that I have far too many wonderful photographs to choose from for a DDB post, as usually there are a handful that really stand out.  However, this time […]

Wednesday 04 March 2015

… golden sleeping hares by Charley of *Artist Not Included … It’s my birthday next week and I know that somewhere lurking in the Finca are two beautiful illustrations by Charley of *Artist Not Included, all wrapped up and waiting for me to open. Well, I hope all wrapped up… it wouldn’t surprise me if Mr DF […]

Sunday 01 March 2015

…wild flower seed mix… At the front of the Finca there is a sunny bank. It’s mossy and green and lovely but I’ve always felt that it has never been developed to its full potential. I gave some serious thought to what we would all like to see out of our front windows. What would I like […]

Monday 23 February 2015

I know I don’t usually post on a Monday evening, but I was worried I’d miss the boat and wouldn’t get a chance to explain what will be happening over the next few days. It’s possible that the usual Wednesday … Continue reading →

Sunday 22 February 2015

  … Milton Abbas village … If you have ever bought a set of Dorset postcards, I bet you this iconic sight was featured on at least one of them.  White cottages with thatched roofs and manicured grass lawns line the … Continue reading →

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