By Ceri Chamberlain

Fireworks Night

NHHQ was faced with one of those revealing questions last week, posed by Offspring #1, that shows just how dysfunctional our society has become. She asked: “Whose side are you on in Fireworks Night?” It seemed strange to Offspring, in our modern day environment, that we would celebrate the DISCOVERY of a plot to blow […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

Autumn Dog Walks

There’s lots to love about autumn, it is a veritable feast for the senses: pumpkin spiced stuff, the feeling of slipping back into your favourite boots, the satisfying shine of conkers littering the pathways, the sound of the crackling fire, the smell of wood-smoke in the air, the early-morning mist…we could go on and on […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

High Time for Hygge Time

Hygge is the art of conscious cosiness and we are sure that for you, like us, there is no hygge without a dogge. What’s the point in snuggling up on a chilly evening without the hound? Their restful and comforting presence by the fire helps elicit the deep-down sensation that all is right in the […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

Family Fun with Your Dog

The summer holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! The kids are back in the classroom, tan lines have faded, new school shoes are scuffed, and we have all slipped back into the old routine with a frightening ease like those heady days of summer never even happened (holiday? […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

End of School Holidays

The leaves are starting to turn, the blackberries are out, there’s Hallowe’en themed stuff in the shops…this can only mean one thing: the school holidays are nearly over. The time has come to buy new shoes, to check how little uniform still fits the kids (what is it with all the GROWING?), to get fresh […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

Summer Survival

School’s out for summer! Hooray! (Also, cue wave of panic as we look down the barrel of a six-week gun.) It’s the loooooooong school holidays, and the best thing about it is the long stretch of no-mad-dash-early-morning-school-run, which – in the NHHQ household – largely involves Mother standing in the doorway screaming, “Where is your […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

Time to Travel

Summer holidays are coming! It’s time to dust off the suitcases, dig out the passports, book an emergency appointment at the waxing salon (TMI?) and get ready for The Big Summer Trip (henceforth referred to as the TBST). No work, no worries, and – fingers crossed – no sunburn. Taking the Dog? Increasingly, us dog-owners […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

The humble sweet potato

Did you know that Christopher Columbus brought sweet potatoes back to Europe from his America trip in the 15th Century? From there they spread across the globe – through Asia, Africa and Latin America. There’s almost nowhere on the planet that doesn’t appreciate a sweet potato. It is very quick to grow – it can […]

By Ceri Chamberlain

Father’s Day

Sunday 16th June is Father’s Day. Buying presents for Mother’s Day is easy: a pretty card with a cheesy poem, a bunch of her favourite flowers, a pampering treat. Father’s Day is not so easy! What to get Dad leaves us scratching our heads and frantically googling gift ideas. Another super-dense historical novel (that you […]