A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Through the Keyhole – Make a house a home #ttkh

through the keyhole

I love to look around people’s homes, so I thought it would be fun to play Through the Keyhole. To see inside some real homes.

Last time we snooped around Liz from The Mum Blog’s beautiful home, full of travel souvenirs, iconic art and some cheeky treasures.

Today’s Through The Keyhole really gets to the heart of what makes a house a happy home. I am also excited to feature our first pet, isn’t he gorgeous?

I’m not going to tell you whose home we have this week, except to say  I will take you ‘though the keyhole’ to her blog later if you’re curious to know who lives here, which I know after reading this you will be. Continue reading

How to make a conker wreath

how to make a conker wreath

Conker wreaths make a beautiful Autmumal way to brighten up your door or hallway. My US readers have let me know they are also known as buckeyes or the things that fall off horse chestnut trees! I love spiders, but the rest of my family are petrified of them, conkers however, are meant to keep them away. Did you know they also have moth repellent properties? Perfect for protecting your wardrobe. Continue reading

The 8 best places to eat in East London – Eating London Tour

I know I annoyed lots of regular readers last Friday, I made lots of you very hungry, I made some of you reach for the biscuit tin – you let me know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I was invited by Eating London to experience an eight stop foodie tour of East London, an area steeped in history and made rich by waves of immigration. Will you forgive me if I tell you I have a tour pass to give away to one lucky reader? Or that I can reveal the eight best places to eat in East London?

First let me introduce my tour ‘partners in crime’.

Eating London crew

Here we are gathered outside a dilapidated house in East London that’s left this way as it is used frequently as a Victorian film set. You see the tour is about so much more than food, we even visited the spot where one of Jack the Ripper’s victims was found.

Next let me also introduce my partner in documenting this foodie heaven, the Samsung NX Mini, complete with flip selfie screen – which Currys kindly asked me to test. I normally use a Sony NEX 5T for this blog, and picked up some great photography tips recently, so this feels like a step back. But for a busy day in London, and as I was staying in London for a night out, the NX Mini is perfectly pocket and handbag sized!

samsung nx mini

Right, we have people, camera, we are good to go! Continue reading

How to make Bath Bombs

How to make bath bombs

My eight year old daughter made soap over the summer at Camp Bestival, she loves Science and so she wanted to make more at her birthday party. She also threw bath bombs at me as a challenge. I was a bit daunted at first, but they are actually unbelievably simple to make, the first one I made worked brilliantly and even when teaching  7 busy eight year olds, the results were great, you can see from the picture. So I thought I would share with you how to make bath bombs! Continue reading

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