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Unwinding in Millook



A pearl in dreamy Cornwall

I’m still enjoying the memories from a few days I recently spent with Rob in St Agnes, Cornwall. My sister was very enthusiastic about Cornwall too, after we got back and told her all about it. So she decided to visit this coastal county in the southwest of England herself. She went to a different place, Millook in Widemouth Bay. And I must say: the photographs, wow! If I hadn’t just been to Cornwall myself, I would have booked into The Beach Hut straight away as well. What a romantic place.


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The Beach Hut was built in 1920. It was originally intended to function as a tearoom – how English can you get!? Years later, it has been turned into a photogenic holiday home. That makes sense, because this property is right on the beach. There’s a very good reason that it’s so popular with writers, artists and of course couples. And it’s also one of the best kept secrets among the surfers in Widemouth.


Read more about this in Daphne’s Diary number 5


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This poem is taken from Daphne’s Diary number 6


Voorraadkast DD5 linzen curry

In my kitchen cupboard, there are always jars and packets there It’s a doing that have been longer than the rest. shame if I don’t end up anything with them. So I came up with a few simple but tasty recipes



  • About 300 g lentils
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots
  • 3 tomatoes, in pieces
  • 500 g pumpkin
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • lime
  • 2 tbsp tikka masala curry paste
  • 2 pieces of naan bread
  • coriander


Fry the shallots and the garlic in a pan with some oil. Add the tikka masala and allow this to cook too until it starts to release its fragrance. Then the coconut milk can be added, to simmer gently with all the vegetables and the lentils. For about a quarter of an hour. In the meantime, heat the naan up in a toaster, grill or oven. Serve the curry with the naan bread, sprinkle some coriander over the top and serve with a quarter lime.


This recipe is from  Daphne’s Diary number 5




Houten lepels DD6


Ashlee Wiggins’ wooden spoons are the centrepieces of my kitchen! She set up her own creative business ‘Made of Embers’ in 2016.

“Wood is my thing, you see. I write and draw on this wonderful, natural material with a red-hot pen. I just love my job! I develop my creative skills every day. And every day I have the chance to make beautiful things for other people. There’s nothing in the world better than that.” 

Ashlee takes inspiration from her direct environment. From her office, she looks out over a beautiful garden full of nature. So it’s no surprise that her designs are full of plants and flowers.

I gave my mother a beautiful wooden spoon like this as a little gift, just because. I got a big hug in return.

Read more about this in Daphne’s Diary number 6





This poem is from Daphne’s Diary number 6. You can buy this edition in the webshop.


Thee labels

Thee labels


I’m crazy about fresh herbal tea! Most of all, I like to grow it myself. From mint to lavender, chamomile to nettle. Good for my health and very tasty too!


This creation is from Daphne’s Diary number 6. You can buy this edition in the webshop.






More than 400 years of English charm

Stoke Rochford, Colsterworth, Bassingthorpe, English villages and counties often have such beautiful, classical names. And right between all these places is the green area of the Lincolnshire Vale, home to Easton Walled Gardens. Wouldn’t you love to own these fairy-tale gardens? You would feel like a prince. If you didn’t think too much about the maintenance, that is. The 4.85-hectare estate belongs to the proud Cholmeley family.


Their own maze

The family members that have lived here have all adapted things to their taste over the years. Sometimes they have even redirected whole rivers. The Cholmeley family has been updating the gardens. They created a maze as well as a cottage garden, rose garden, vegetable garden, a range of new borders and lots more beautiful things. Now there are also two striking old trees that catch your eye straight away.


Read more about this garden in Daphne’s Diary number 5. You can buy this edition in the webshop.




Bake a carrot cake

You will need:

  • 125 g butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 75 g walnuts
  • 200 g grated carrots
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 75 g icing sugar


Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Then beat the eggs in one by one, followed by the carrot, nuts, cinnamon, and self-raising flour. Pour the mixture into a cake mould and bake for around 50 minutes until a nice golden brown. In the meantime, beat the icing sugar into the mascarpone. Allow the carrot cake to cool fully and top it with mascarpone.


This recipe is from Daphne’s Diary number 5. You can buy this edition in the webshop.





I think making a jumping jack doll is a great craft project. Especially a cute kitty like this one! All you need is a ball of string and a couple of split pins. Push the pieces out. Make holes in the places shown. Then attach the legs with the string and split pins. Pull on the string and her paws will dance to your rhythm.


This creation is from Daphne’s Diary number 6. You can buy this edition in the webshop.





My greenhouse in July

The vegetable garden can just do its thing in the summer. After all, the chance of frost is very low. I love that! I pop out enthusiastically with my basket to collect the summer vegetables. Artichokes, for example, because I love to eat them in a salad. And the trusty cucumber, rocket, spinach, radish. Then pak choi, which is great for oriental dishes.


Greek tzatziki

And don’t forget the garlic, this is ready to pick in the early summer. What could be more delicious with your barbecued chicken or pasta dish than home-grown garlic?

  • Pour around 500 ml of Greek Yoghurt into a pretty dish, along with half a grated cucumber. Add olive oil, mint, pepper and salt. Then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Make sure you don’t get any pips in the tzatziki, as it will be hard to  nd them again. Crush 3 to 5 garlic cloves over the top and voilà!


Oh yes, keep it in the fridge before serving.


This recipe is from Daphne’s Diary number 5. You can buy this edition in the webshop.









Create your second skin

I love natural make-up, that feels just like a second skin. And what could be better than something you’ve made yourself? It’s not that hard to do either. You can make foundation powder from just a few ingredients, for example.

You will need:

  • plastic bowl
  • cup arrowroot powder
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • glass jar with lid


Add the arrowroot powder, cinnamon, ginger and bentonite clay to a plastic bowl. Mix the ingredients together well. Then add the cocoa powder slowly, until you have the right colour. Test the colour by applying a small amount of powder to your face with a make-up brush. If you’re happy with the colour, keep the powder in a glass jar and seal it well. If you’re not happy yet, you can add a little more cocoa powder.

Delicious Make Up

Of course I love cocoa as part of a recipe or in the chocolate I enjoy with my cup of tea. But it’s great that you can produce make-up with this magic ingredient too.


This recipe is from Daphne’s Diary number 5. You can buy this edition in the webshop.


Please note: This is a homemade product. If you would like to make and use it yourself, 
this will be at your own risk.


Lots of love and have a nice day, see you soon! Daphne