Friday, 19 June 2015


ROSES, ROSES, ROSES!




Stepping out in to the garden at this time of year, I am immediately hit by the heady, intoxicating scent roses....


The 'Pink Rose Garden' bordering the kitchen garden is awash with gorgeous, feminine, shades of pink...



 Predominantly the gently pale hues of 'Sweet Hermione'....

 Mixed with some 'Rose of England' and 'Princess Charlotte'.


I adore all of them...



On the other side of the house, viewed from the end of our kitchen, we have this year, the most spectacular display of 'Iceberg' roses...



Planted within their three box edged squares only four years ago, I can not believe how these beds have suddenly matured...





An explosion of white, which is stunningly illuminated at night.







This beautiful 'Iceberg' variety just flowers and flowers, and in recent milder winters, we have still been able to cut a few blooms for our Christmas lunch table.




Mmm....I think we may have quite a bit of dead heading ahead of us.....but oh so worth it!

Do you have a favourite Rose variety?

I would love to hear!


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'Mr. Sophia Home' and I are fortunate to be slipping away on Sunday for a holiday, to the beautiful Greek island of Corfu.  A week of relaxation and good food and wine is planned.  Returning for the second time to the stunning Rou Estate in the North East of the island, we can hardly wait.  I look forward to sharing some pictures on my return, particularly of their beautiful renowned gardens, but in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram @sophiahomelifestyle or by clicking on the link at the top of this page!

Wishing you a very happy week ahead...

Sophia xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A SUNNY EVENING AND A DELICIOUS TREAT...

ALL PICTURES: SOPHIA HOME



What a treat it was for us to have an impromptu visit from our daughter Georgie last Thursday evening.  With a busy schedule working as a Private Chef based in London, it was rare and lovely that she had a free evening to pop down to Kent to see us for the night.  




It was a beautiful sunny, warm evening, and so lovely to finally get all the furniture and cushions out on the deck.  Summer had started!




What an added treat that Georgie also wanted to cook for us....even on her day off!                                                            


A selection of her Asian inspired recipes were on the menu....as you can see below, we were not the only ones eagerly awaiting our dinner...Kiki our Cockerspaniel not only loves Georgie, she also loves her food...what dog doesn't?






What a dinner it was!





Lightly seared tuna, with herb, chilli and tomato salsa, with a crisp and crunchy fresh salad of radish and spring onion, with edible flowers.



Marinated scallop sashimi with grapefruit and basil....so fresh and delicate.






Lastly, the most delicious tamarind marinated rack of lamb chops, with an incredible lime, asian slaw.




A fabulous feast, cooked by a fabulous daughter....who more than deserved that glass of chilled rosé!





If you would like more of Georgie's fresh and healthy culinary inspiration, do click on the link, and check out her lovely new blog G's Kitchen

For 'G's Kitchen' private catering services, please email all enquiries to:

georgieskitchen@hotmail.com

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I do hope the sun in shining where you are today?
Wishing you a happy day ahead!

Sophia xx

Tuesday, 26 May 2015


INSPIRATION FROM CHELSEA...


ROYAL HOSPITAL, CHELSEA


Good morning!
I do hope you have all had a wonderful weekend? Here in the UK it has been a lovely long bank holiday weekend....and for us it has been a super busy few days, with our eldest son and his girlfriend and a number of their friends staying, which always fills the house with an interesting, charming and enthusiastic young adult energy, which we love.

Before the partying began, Mr. 'SH' and I spent a wonderful day at the Chelsea Flower Show up in town on Saturday.  I adore Chelsea, and this year was particularly gorgeous and inspiring.  





Beautiful planting combinations in all the show gardens....









Each year I am in awe of the shear amount of work that goes in to just three weeks' preparation....the beautiful gardens looking as if they have been there for years. 













Plenty of my favourite 'kitchen garden' plantings too....



Inspirational architecture.....loved the soft wild flower planting on the roof of the strong lines of this garden room.



Of particular interest this year, was the increased showcasing of stunning sculpture and garden ornaments....














Could have quite happily taken many of them home with me!











A true artistic talent in these incredible driftwood sculptures...



High on our wish list is this beautiful stainless steel armillary sphere.  How special to have this in the garden, with personal important places and family names engraved along the rings...



Antique stone troughs....




....and this fabulous water feature, also caught our eye.




As did these gorgeous 'Artichoke' garden spheres...






Hard to take many photos of the amazing show gardens, because of the crowds...but managed to capture a few....love the colour combination above.




I have always admired the 'Kadai' Indian fire bowls, but had never seen these amazing oversized ones....turned in to a cosy retreat....or beautifully planted up!




We certainly came home with many new ideas for the garden, and a boost of enthusiasm for new projects.

Did any of you go to 'Chelsea' this year or watch any of the inspiring TV coverage of it?  If so, did you have a favourite there?  I would love to hear!

Happy week ahead to you all,

Sophia xx