House tour: the nursery

Colourful animal Scandi unisex nursery | Angel In The North

When I first started thinking about how to decorate the nursery I thought I'd choose a monochrome or neutral scheme, but in fact we went for a colourful room - and I love it. It was about a year ago that I shared some ideas on how I was thinking of decorating the nursery at that ...

10 good things about going back to work after maternity leave

Baby feet

I can't quite believe it, but my maternity leave is over and I go back to work next week. Nine, glorious months with my baby, gone - almost in a flash. 'Sh*t got real' about going back about a month ago, when I went in to talk to my boss and set a return date. At that ...

Autumn walk at Swinsty Reservoir, North Yorkshire

While summer will never stop being my favourite season, you can't beat the colour show that nature puts on in autumn. It was a pretty spectacular sight on a recent walk around Swinsty Reservoir in North Yorkshire. Even on a slightly grey November day you could see every shade of brown, yellow, orange, gold and green. Swinsty ...

Eight months on: what kind of parents are we?

Parenting - eight month old update | Angel In The North

Before our baby arrived, we spent a lot of time thinking and talking about the type of parents we thought we would be, and wanted to be. It's safe to say we both doubted ourselves. At times we thought we might be clueless, or somehow fall short. Looking back, I think this meant that we were ...

20 tips for travelling with a baby

Travelling with a baby: Lake Como, Italy | Angel In The North

In his first six months my baby has been to nine countries, travelled roughly 6,000 miles and spent around 50 nights away from his own home (though always with us). We've stayed in a cottage in Yorkshire, been camping in Wales and in Dorset and most recently took a month-long road trip round Europe where we ...

Anthropologie at Victoria Gate, Leeds

New Anthropologie store, Victoria Gate shopping centre, Leeds | Angel In The North

Much of the buzz around the opening of the new shopping centre in Leeds, Victoria Gate, has been about the city finally getting a John Lewis. But personally I was just as excited to see the centre's other stores open, like Cos, & Other Stories and Anthropologie. On the day Victoria Gate opened last month, I was ...

Object store, Chorlton, Manchester

Object concept shop, Chorlton, Manchester, UK | Angel In The North

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and decided I wanted to spend a day in Chorlton (just outside Manchester). I blame the launch of a cool new store, Object, for convincing me it was somewhere I had to visit. I enlisted a friend who lives in Manchester, and off we went. Chorlton is not ...

Europe road trip week 4: Italy and France

Travelling for a month in Europe with a baby: Annecy, France | Angel In The North

As we began week 4 of our month travelling in Europe, there was no denying that we were on our way home. We were heading north through Italy having driven in a big (slightly wonky) horseshoe through the continent. We had mixed feelings. We were looking forward to getting our baby son home to his own ...

Europe road trip week 3: Italy

Colloseum, Rome, Italy | Angel In The North

At the beginning of the third week of our month travelling in Europe, and after a week in Croatia, we took the overnight ferry from Split to Ancona on the east coast of Italy. We were itching to get to Italy - for the food, mostly - but also to soak up the country's rich history ...

European road trip week 2: Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia | Angel In The North

In the first week of our month-long road trip round Europe, we had driven through five countries: England, France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. It had been busy, but brilliant, and tiring at times. At the beginning of the second week, we were about to hit our sixth country - Croatia - where we were due to ...