Ok so we are officially off tomorrow morning for two weeks in Italy. Words can’t describe how excited I am. But before all the excitement I have a list the length of my arm of things I need to do before we go. So I thought I’d share with you my to-do list of essentials before going away.




So I hate the thought of coming home after a lovely holiday to a messy house. Or a messy kitchen in particular, just imagine the mould and flies right? So I always scrub my kitchen down and clean out the fridge. It’s a lot nicer coming home to a clean house and a made bed..believe one time I missed something and it was horrific. Banana plus flies hidden behind a vase, is not pretty. So I learnt my lesson thats for sure.

I have been lucky to travel quite a bit, so I like to think I have packing down quite well, or at least I should right? Well not exactly. I still constantly over pack things that I don’t end up wearing. So I have tried really hard to maximise my packing ability paired with my experience. Plus as we are flying with Ryanair.. we only paid for 1 piece of luggage, I know its going to be a stretch. We did manage to leave some items with my family who get free luggage allowance. Mum and dad are plane snobs so they are going with British Airways.  Anyway, so here is our packing all sorted out neatly…




Now be honest is this too much? Have I already over packed? I think it’s difficult to know what your going to wear in advance, especially if you haven’t pre planned where your going right?


Anyway, so I thought I’d tell you quickly about my watering system, though I’m not using it this time because I have a friend looking after the house, but what I have done in the past is filled up big bottles with water and pierced 2 small holes either end so the plant can get the water it needs. But with this, depending on how long you go away you need someone to refill it.. maybe a sprinkler on a timer would be more beneficial…hm.. Sort of feel like this post has turn into the mad ramblings of a 50+gardener. But hey I like gardening so nevermind..


But we off! We will hopefully be able to post a few things when we are away, plus I have a few planned posts for you to enjoy incase i can’t. If you have any recommendations of places we should check out do say. We will be staying in Sienna but we have a hire car, so would love some recommendations! We will be in Rome for 1 evening too, I’d love to possibly do a cooking class? or maybe a vineyard? Anyway email us or leave us a comment!


Have a lovely weekend all, and I will speak to you as soon as I can!!