Festivals and fun in the sun!



Phew, what a scorcher it’s been! It really has been HOT, hasn’t it? I must admit I’m more of a winter than a summer person, but I do enjoy the heat in brief spurts, particularly as it means more time outside which I love. Living in Gloucestershire is wonderful because there are so many festivals, from music to science to literature to food, and I always try to go to the annual Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival if I can.

This year we met up with a big group of friends there, plus my niece Ellen and her boyfriend Chris, which was lovely. There’s nothing nicer than sharing a glass or two of bubbly and some delicious food in the sunshine.

That’s my hubby looking handsome against the blue sky, and myself, Ellen and Chris looking smiley! I’m wearing my Ruby Rocks aviator sunglasses which I absolutely love this year, they’ve become my favourite pair, such a cool range!

I’ve also been spending lots of time in the garden – there’s been a lot of watering recently, but seeing everything bursting into bloom is so rewarding. I’ve been using Richard Jackson’s Flower Power plant food regularly too and it makes such a difference.

We’ve been eating in the garden a lot recently  – we have a proper wood-fired pizza oven out there that hubby treated himself to a couple of summers ago and it’s fabulous to have hot pizza straight from the oven in your own back garden (clearly, he makes it, not me. Although I’m going to give it a go, one of these days – surely even I can’t mess up a pizza?!).

Remember I told you a while ago that I’d sponsored a guide dog, Hattie? It’s so nice as they send you regular updates on how ‘your’ dog is doing and also photos. Here is the latest – she has grown up so much and is doing so well. I have the photos pinned to the corkboard in front of my desk at home. One day I hope to have my own dog but until then Hattie will do nicely!

I’m taking a week off this week so I will see you again in July. Enjoy the weather and stay cool!

Love Jackie x


  1. Malcolm Jacobus June 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Have a fabulous holiday. ? xx

    • Jackie Kabler June 29, 2017 at 10:07 am -  Reply

      Thanks Malcolm!

  2. Susan June 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Hattie is gorgeous! Wonderful dog. I’m surprised you’re a winter person given you do so much running! And outdoor stuff in general! Hope the back is ok x

    • Jackie Kabler June 29, 2017 at 10:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan, yes I do love being outdoors but I’m not so good in the heat…think it must be because I grew up in the west of Ireland! Back staying steady for now thanks, fingers crossed!

  3. Jan June 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Have a great break Jackie
    I agree my border flowers are much bigger this year after using Richards plant feed. I have two potted bamboos that have put on double the growth using it! I hope some nice warm weather returns for us all soon ( but not over 30) lol. I was in Connemara last week during the heatwave, we had temperatures up to 22. Just perfect. X

    • Jackie Kabler June 29, 2017 at 10:10 am -  Reply

      Hi Jan, yes it’s good stuff isn’t it! Glad it’s working for you too. Ahhh, lovely Connemara! As I just said to Susan above, I grew up in the west of Ireland and I agree, twenties are my preferred temperatures too! Enjoy the rest of the summer. Jx

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