What glorious weather we’ve been having – day after day of brilliant sunshine! It’s a bank holiday weekend, there’s only one thing for it BARBECUE!
If, like us, you only have a small garden or patio, bucket barbecues are a much more practical option than one of those super-duper barbecue grills. Much as we’d love one kitted out with quadruple gas burners, rotisserie, warming cupboard and instant ignition – we’d have no room for table and chairs… or us!
The Hema bucket barbecue (#1) is so affordable, we could buy two and have one each. One for Justin’s steak / burger / rack of ribs and the other for my vegetable skewers and veggie sausages. I’m not best keen on them being cooked side-by-side.
My favourite is the Fortnum & Mason eau de nil number. It’s not dissimilar to the budget Hema example and is almost 3 times the price. By way of justification, I really like the detailing of this one and the fact that you can lift the grill off by the handle – vital when my kebabs need rescuing quickly from certain cremation! Oh, and call me shallow… but I do love the classic F&M logo too.
- Bucket barbecue: £15, Hema
- Gentleman’s Hardware barbecue bucket – black: £26.91, Amazon
- BBQ bucket in Eau de Nil: £40, Fortnum & Mason
I’m a fairly recent convert to silicone cake moulds. I picked up a six-hole silicone muffin ‘tin’ in a charity shop a few years ago and was really impressed with its ease of use and cleaning.
The hemisphere moulds (#1) allow you to make fun and unusual cakes. Edible tennis or footballs? Sweet hamburgers? Pretend Christmas puddings!
What I like about the cupcake cases (#2) is that you can reuse them again and again – no need for paper cases… and they’re heart-shaped!
I recently discovered this jigsaw-like silicone mould (#3) whose 8 pieces slot together to form all sorts of shapes. It doesn’t even need a bottom, so makes traditional loose-bottomed and spring-form tins redundant. And not to mention requires a lot less space to store!
- Hemisphere silicone cake mould: £4.49, Betterware
- Silicone heart cupcake cases (set of 6): £7.50, Divertimenti
- 8-piece silicone cake baking mould: £8.99, Amazon
This run of sunny weather has seen us spending hours & hours in the garden each day. Pottering amongst the plants, al fresco lunching, reclining in deck chairs with cold drinks… oh, and doing some work of course.
It’s obviously had a big influence on this week’s Price Points post – bright, optimistic and fun.
Check out this cute selection of fruit salad homewares – each one under £30!
- Banana night light: £10.90, Amazon
- Sunnylife watermelon doormat: £29, Paperchase
- Outdoor garden pouffe – kiwi design by Fallen Fruits: £19.99, Selections
Like cacti, pink flamingos are all the rage in homewares at the moment. They first had their heyday back in the 1950s with Miami and California mid-century modern – but they’ve flown back into favour!
Kitsch and playful, quirky and vintage or practical and colourful there’s a flamingo-themed item out there that will suit your taste, interior and pocket.
- Colours charcoal & pink flamingo mica wallpaper: £14, B&Q
- SUNNYLIFE flamingo watering can: £14, Selfridges
- Meiko pink flamingo – pink metal: £71, La Redoute
This week, I had need of Justin to take a couple of photographs of me for an upcoming blog post. I don’t particularly like having my photo taken, but these were stunning; but not stunning in the way you’d expect though. I can’t believe how grey my hair has become!
I think the time has come for me to bite the bullet and get my hair dyed. I haven’t been to a hairdresser in about 30 years and I don’t really want to start now. A DIY job is what I have in mind. I don’t think I want to take the route where there’s no turning back, so I’m opting for a semi-permanent hair colour. If I hate it, at least it won’t be forever!
Because I’ve not tried this before I could really do with some advice. Do you use a semi-permanent hair colour? What brand do you use? How long does it last?
Here are three that I think may stop me looking like a mad cat lady!
- Nice’n Easy Colour Enhancer hair dye Medium Golden Brown 78: £5, Superdrug
- L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss 680 Choco Moccacino: £6.79, Boots
- Tints of Nature Organic Dark Brown semi permanent hair colour 90ml: £9.04, Amazon
We’ve finally managed to find a place for some vintage Ladderax modular shelving that we’ve had stored away for a few months. A very large, very heavy vintage industrial unit has been sold, freeing up a large space in our lounge. We’ve now got lots of more versatile storage space available – and somewhere for our vinyl collection and record player at long last. We’re big fans of Spotify combined with wireless Sonos speakers dotted about the house, but you can’t beat the tactile experience and warm sound of vinyl sometimes.
Number 2 in our list comes closest in appearance to Ladderax. It has a mid century modern feel – simple and pared back in style with a combination of black metal and wood – very pleasing to our eye. Number 1 has acres of shelf space and a couple of drawers to hide things away too – neutral in colour and a good budget option. And I’m completely in love with the multi-coloured Cubit system – the various size options and graduated colours provide endless possibilities.
- FJÄLKINGE shelving: from £10 for a shelf, (£290 for combination shown), IKEA
- Tower shelving system: from £65 for a shelf (£1,056 for combination shown), Heal’s
- Multi-coloured library shelving: from £24 for a CD shelf (£4,306.77 for combination shown), Cubit