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What does British Summertime mean to you?

As we begin to relax into the longer, warmer evenings, most of us here in the UK are starting to plan our summer outings. So many joyful activities are associated with British Summertime, it’s hard to pick between them!

Perhaps it’s fresh local strawberries with lashings of cream, shared with friends in the late afternoon sun? Or maybe it’s stretching out on a large picnic blanket under a tree, surrounded by family and enjoying tasty treats from a beautiful picnic hamper? For others, it might be taking a stroll through a summer meadow, enjoying carefree time watching bees drift from flower to flower, the cool, heavenly scented breeze making the meadow shimmer… We are truly spoilt for choice!

Of course, there is another quintessentially British summer event that never fails to entertain and delight…the world famous Royal Ascot!

The historic race meeting kicks off this year on Tuesday June 20th and runs through to Saturday June 24th. Ascot attracts many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £6.58milllion in prize money! A whirlwind of excitement, colour and glamour, every day displays its own personality and six world-class races.

If you’re lucky enough to be attending Royal Ascot this year, remember to check the style guide! This will give you a good sense of the types of outfits on display so that you can find your own perfect ensemble. Ascot-goers are famed for their incredible – and often eccentric – fashion choices, so embrace your inner fashion guru and strut your stuff in style! 

 If you’re opting for a picnic, be sure to pack your Ascot goodies into a picnic hamper or coolbox and of course, don’t forget the Bolly!

Keep your eyes peeled, too. You might just spot some royalty!

Easter

The roadsides are vivid with daffodils, the air is filled with the smell of toasting hot cross buns and the Easter Bunny is busy filling his basket. The year is tearing by and we can’t believe that Easter is almost upon us. Not that we’re complaining - any excuse to eat chocolate is fine by us!

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Whether it’s some gorgeous oven gloves for the Jamie Oliver / Mary Berry in your life, a new water bottle for the kids’ adventures or a luxurious hamper for Granny, whoever you’re looking to treat we have the perfect gift! We have a great range of Easter gifts without the chocolate egg sugar crash. http://www.millygreen.com/easter-gifts

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We’ve been thinking about what we’d like to get up to over Easter and cooking something special for the family is a must. This recipe from Frances Quinn would make a teatime to remember, so tie up your apron and get cooking. We think there might be a fair amount of spoon licking involved!

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 While chocolate is rightly an Easter non-negotiable, we always despair at the ridiculous amount our children end up with every year! How about getting the Easter Bunny to plant a few other surprises for them to find on Easter morning too? From doodle mats to water bottles and notebooks, we’ve got treats to make any child’s Easter special without the sugar crash.

Milly_Green_Blog_-_Google_Drive.jpgWhen it comes to the grown-ups, have a look at our Easter Gifts page for inspiration. We think our pretty British Summer Fruits and Summer Meadow ranges would go down a treat and, of course our Eggs range is rather on point for the season! All beautiful presents that will be loved and appreciated long after the Easter eggs have all been gobbled up.

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If you’re looking for a bigger present for someone, forget putting all your eggs in your basket - what about a hamper? These beautiful gifts are packed full of Milly Green goodies, tea from the hills of Nuwara Eliyah in Sri Lanka, delicious biscuits baked here in the UK, keepsake tins and bone china mugs. The perfect Easter present!

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Whatever you end up doing and however you end up celebrating, we wish you all a very happy Easter filled with family, sunshine and eggs!

 

Milly x

 

Mother's Day

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Here  at ‘Milly Green’art is in our blood. We thought Mother’s Day was a perfect time to celebrate the generations of talent in our family. Is the love of design and paintingsomething inherited or do we transmit our passions to our loved ones? As it happens, we can count Constable among our ancestors, so we think we must have paint in the veins!

 

We thought it would be fun to share some of our art works with you. Drawing and painting is a thread that draws us together and we’re sure you’ll agree there are some interesting similarities in subject matter!


From m
ice to elephants (with rather a lot of dogs in between) we often draw our inspiration from the animal kingdom. Of course, with two dogs, two pigs, twoguinea pigs and a cat in our menagerie that’s probably small wonder! 

Milly is a prolific artist whose beautiful and characterful illustrations seem to come alive on the page (or apron or water bottle!). She never draws in the studio - her work is very much part of family life and she is most often to be found paintbrush in hand at the kitchen table, while spending timewith her girls, even in front of the odd Disney film!

Milly’s mother Rozanne is, like Milly, self taught. She encouraged Milly to pick up the paintbrush from an early age, and launched herself into her own artistic career once Milly left for University. Now she has a loyal following of clients for her animal portraits, recently a commission for the owner of no fewer than FIVE Dachshunds!

 

Tilly and Daisy have picked up the family baton (paintbrush!) and love to paint and draw. Here are some of Tilly’s masterpieces. We’re sure you’ll agree she has the makings of a grand master!

This Mothering Sunday why don’t you think about the things that link the women in your family? Is there a passion in your family which has been passed through the years? Baking, riding or music? A love of literature or architecture, even acrobatics or sky diving? Find something you love to do together and celebrate it!

We’d love to hear all about your wonderful Mummys and Grannys and even Great Grandmas! We’re always around to chat on Twitter @MillyGreenLtd. And most importantly: Don’t forget to get something fabulous for your Mum!  We have some beautiful gifts http://www.millygreen.com/mothers-day and as a special treat, just enter the code MOTHER10 at the checkout for 10% off your purchase.


Finally, a message from Milly to her mother : ‘Thank you for being such a brilliant mummy and wonderful granny. So incredibly supportive, talented, kind and generous - we love you. Happy Mother’s Day! Xxx’