A glass of rosé and a summer salad

 I have always been one of those that jumps when the weather turns warmer. I’ll throw off my socks and pull out my sandals and summer frocks with glee ignoring any persistently unpredictable English weather with a brisk determination for cheese and rosé in the garden.

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Alexandra Dudley
An interview with Stine Dulong of Skandihus

I met Stine a few months ago. I’d ordered one of her plates online and noticed that the studio wasn’t far so opted to pick it up rather than have it sent. I remember thinking I’d probably be about twenty minutes. I ended up staying for almost two hours. We drank cinnamon tea from handle-less mugs which I hugged with my February frosted hands and chatted about craftsmanship, about how it feels to actually make something with your hands, about love, about hurt, about the hustle and bustle of the city and in true London spirit - about the weather.

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Alexandra Dudley
The Fish Shed - Burnham Deepdale

Burnham Deepdale and Brancaster Staithe are not large villages. In fact you can walk the length of both in about the time it takes to enjoy an ice cream. There is a small café selling bacon butties and proper cups of tea, a shop selling postcards, tea towels, mugs and stickers all printed with lobsters. There is a convenience store for milk and newspapers, a campsite, two pubs and occasionally an ice cream van.

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Alexandra Dudley
Seven sustainable lifestyle hacks

Living sustainably is something I work towards all the time. There’s always room for improvement and I’m constantly picking up new habits and routines; however, I do believe that the best way to live a sustainable life is to do it gradually and in a way that you find easy to maintain. As important as making the move towards sustainable living is, it’s even more important that the changes are sustainable for you. Otherwise, you’re likely to lose interest.

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Alexandra Dudley
A trip to the Californian Almond Orchards

As I write this I am sipping on a cup of Earl Grey and snacking on a handful of honey chili roasted almonds. It has become a daily habit. I tried a similar thing at Phippen Orchard in California earlier this year and have been hooked ever since. I am transported back to the stunning vision of the rows of pastel cream and pink petaled trees - the Californian Almond orchards in full bloom are quite a sight.

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Alexandra Dudley
A day at the River Cottage

The train to Axminster leaves London Waterloo at 7.10 giving me ample time to stock up on Marks and Spencer toffee and pick up a cup of tea. Also in my bag are carrot sticks, a tin of almonds, leftover apple tart, half a Lindt bunny, two camping bottles filled with water and some herbal tea bags. If the train gets stranded out of reach from food and water I’ll be fine.

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Alexandra Dudley