25
Oct
2017
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October 2017 finds

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You would think kitchen renovations would keep me from new discoveries, but no. In fact, surfing the web for some beauty in the world while my real life is covered in dust has kept me going. So with that, here are a few of the best things I’ve stumbled across this month: 1. As you know I’ve been renovating for a while and in my quest for furniture I discovered The Sofa & Chair Company. One word; wow. This company has the most beautiful luxury furniture, with everything from luxury rugs to beds, dining tables, lighting, artwork and more. Their...
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19
Oct
2017
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My favourite online wine merchants

The clue is in the name; wine and olives. And let’s face it, I wouldn’t have named my blog after something I didn’t love. There’s so many reasons I enjoy wine. My passion for food is one, and the other is the social aspect. Nothing much beats sharing some good wine over a nice meal with friends. It’s good for the soul. We have a sociable house and when people come round, I like to make sure I’m prepared. Much like I do my grocery shopping online, I also buy my wine on line. And I’m not alone. It turns...
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19
Sep
2017
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Best foot forward

You know that girl who would never be seen dead without a pair of heels? That was me; the operative word being ‘was’. But, gone are the days of tottering around Edinburgh’s hazardous cobbled streets. Gone is the unmistakeable throb in the ball of my foot, which was never worth the four extra inches it gave me in height. I’ve seen the light and I’m not turning back, and that light, my friends, comes in the form of the humble trainer. I sort of feel lucky that come the time I was ready to throw my heels on the fire,...
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13
Sep
2017
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Grapefruit Margarita

I can’t be the only one who has noticed hints of autumn. Although it’s not quite with us yet, the evenings aren’t as long as they were last month and the trees I see on my walk to work are slowly transitioning and taking on more autumnal hues. But, it’s not quite arrived yet and I’m determined to make the most of every last moment of summer, by doing all of the things that I associate with this time of year. Summer makes me think of going for long runs, eating dinner in the garden, and making the sort of...
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4
Sep
2017
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Getting around the Amalfi Coast

Over the years I’ve covered a lot of Italy, but until July, the Amalfi Coast remained unexplored. Now, I see what all the fuss is about, certainly when it comes to certain parts of coastline, which are stunning. One albeit slight downside is that this part of the world isn’t that easy to get to. If you’re my kind of traveller, you’re used to flying into city airports, boarding a tram or a train, or (depending on your budget), hopping into a taxi and arriving at your accommodation in a few easy steps. If that’s what you hoped for in...
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27
Aug
2017
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Art Hotel Villa Fiorella, Amalfi Coast

Our recent trip to Italy got off to a rocky start. Firstly, I dropped my camera at the airport rendering it entirely useless (ouch). Secondly, we arrived at our hotel after a LONG journey, only to find that our room was double booked. Great. But there was an upside, a giant great silver lining which made everything better, in the guise of a gorgeous boutique hotel we would never otherwise have known about; Art Hotel Villa Fiorella. We had originally booked to stay in Art Hotel Gran Paradiso in Sorrento for four nights before heading onto Naples. On finding out...
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