It’s wonderful to see that Spring is just around the corner, the flower stalls are full of daffodils, the days are getting longer which means that when I walk the dogs it is still light.

The beginning of March is also a busy month in the house for birthdays, which is a great excuse to try out new local restaurants to celebrate.

This past week we have eaten out at Thali & Pickles, which is Indian street food in Balham and Platform 1 in East Dulwich, a restaurant solely, used as a pop-up base for up and coming Chefs.  You can find my feedback on my FB page.

As a birthday treat, I booked an interior designer to come and visit Parklands and give me some lessons in colour.

I had an amazing two-hour consultation, I was given some useful tips and it also made me think outside the box when I was next planning to decorate the rooms.

One thing that shone through was I needed to put more mirrors in the house to bring in the light and give a reflection.  One of my passions is putting together mood boards before I decorate a room and also seeing if I can up cycle some furniture or make new cushion covers.

I have been following a great B&B in Torquay who uses bold colours in their rooms and is about to launch their own video (No.25.co.uk).

I have decided that I will take a couple of days out this Spring and visit the Torquay Riviera and book myself in for a night or two just to enjoy the experience.

It’s a good thing to go and stay in another B&B as you can pick up some great tips.

The Limoncello that I made at Christmas has been a big hit these past few weeks with guests and a bottle has already hit the dust.

With the shredded lemon I have left over in the bottle I am going to make a drizzle cake for the guests staying this week. I love making use of all leftovers.

The lemon rind really adds that little something special to any cake, especially seeing as they have been pickling in the Limoncello bottle for several months.

Sally X


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