Thursday, 30 July 2015


It is such a thrill to be featured in this lovely magazine. Thank you Country Living

 At the end of May I spent a lovely two days with the writer Caroline Atkins and the photographer Alun Callender putting together the feature for the Let Your Talent Shine series the UK edition of Country Living magazine. This series highlights women who have turned a hobby/passion into a business or vocation. As readers of my blog will be aware, I had long held a desire to start my own business  encompassing my love of interiors, the countryside and flowers. I was inspired to finally take the plunge after attending a talk hosted by Country Living at last years Hay Festival. 

Listening to some of the speakers who had embarked on their own business ventures and their invaluable tips and knowledge gave me the final nudge to take a chance and start my own. The series Let Your Talent Shine also offers advice and information on organisations that can help Women in business. I strongly believe that age should not be a barrier and if you decide to go for it there is help and encouragement out there to help you realise that dream. 

images via Alun Callender and ©cowparsleyathome


Saturday, 18 July 2015


Sad goodbyes. My Stepfather had been ill for sometime after suffering several strokes followed by dementia. On Monday I said my goodbyes to him. I hadn't seen him for several weeks and I was deeply shocked at how in that time he had diminished.

A proud, capable man brought down by this debilitating illness. On Wednesday morning he passed away peacefully, no longer a prisoner to a mind and body that no one recognised and he didn't deserve.

The sun continues to shine here which is both restorative and uplifting. Life goes on and we are left with lovely memories.

Have a wonderful weekend