A collaboration with Farrow & Ball

Having been a long time fan of the Dorset based company Farrow & Ball we were absolutely delighted to be asked for the Manor House to be used as a location for  photoshoot to showcase a few of the new colours which have been released this year.

 

 

This is something we have hoped for for a long time, The Manor is the perfect house to show off colour due to the large airy rooms and plenty of natural light.

The team have been a pleasure to work with and we are absolutely delighted with the colours used through the house.

The photographs will be published in January 2019 so we will be able to share more details then.

We hope that all our guests visiting the house enjoy the colours as much as we do!

October and early November were busy, Halloween parties for both the children & the adults and we also enjoyed a really fun Bonfire Night in Tolpuddle with friends.

 

 

 

Now we have recovered from all that excitement we are really looking forward to the next few months at The Manor House. We have lots of interesting things lined up including meditation retreats, yoga & wellness retreats and some pop up supper clubs planned for 2019. If you would like details on any of these events please get in touch via email.

Christmas is such fun time of year and I feel that now bonfire night is over I am allowed to throw myself in to planning the decoration at The Manor, I decorate the house with my Mum every year and we absolutely love doing it together, christmas music on, mince pies in the AGA, it’s the best! The rest of the family are usually roped in too, collecting foliage from the garden and painting fir cones – we are a pretty Christmassy family so it’s something we look forward to every year.

I will share more details of our Christmas preparations as they happen.

 

Winter scene in Moreton

Happiness planning

Keeping top of New Years resolutions, or resolutions at any time of the year is a toughie! I promised myself after the Christmas break to finish the interior decoration at our home and make a few tweaks at The Manor House too. I really wanted to hone my weekly organisation and time we spend together as a family.

At the Manor we are now preparing the garden for summer and touching up bit and bobs in the house. Harry and I have plenty scheduled at The Manor and work starts this week, more of this over here for updates https://www.instagram.com/manorhousemoreton/

But other than work based bits I really want to finish the rooms at home, do more varied exercise, complete some units of my interior design diploma, and also eat supper with the children on a more regular basis and have family home evenings where neither myself or Harry are distracted by work emails!

Being self employed means I have to really try and schedule my days clearly else I can get super distracted and end up completing only half my to do list. So any methods to aid daily organisation are always welcome to see if they stick and work with us as a family.

I find that eating our evening meal together aids free and easy conversation with the children and they open up a lot more than when I am rushing in and out not paying full attention. I tend to do a meal plan on Monday morning, using up what I have from the weekend and grocery shopping for the rest of the week from there, it’s not a ridged plan and sometimes we see family or mix things up.

The benefits are great, I am spending less on shopping and have far less veggie waste than before, both the children are helping me prepare the meal, laying the table and eating more varied meals – no more beige freezer rubbish and more colourful vegetables. A friend has recommended a Riverford Organic box that she gets delivered, I really like the idea of this and am going to be doing some investigation on that front. I think would prefer to get one from a local supplier if possible?

On the ‘planning’ theme I also received a really sweet Happiness Planner from Harry for Christmas, this is so cute and came in pretty hues of pale blue and light pink. I have never been a dedicated diarist and tend to do all my work & personal organisation on my iPhone calendar and to do lists on the note’s feature. The Happiness planner has a positivity based premise and has daily sections for schedule (helpful as a diary) to do lists and areas to focus on gratitude, positive elements of the day and things that make you happy. It does make me focus on the little things that get overlooked and to be more positive about them, I am (almost!) writing it every morning and it gets you off to a smiley start. ♡