christmas

Christmas tree festivities

This Christmas is our first in our new home. I cannot begin to explain how excited we are. I would love it to snow, but perhaps that’s a tad optimistic! We have a ‘Christmas on the farm’ advent calendar from Playmobil to celebrate country life! And all the various village events are in the diary. For me, Christmas begins when we buy our tree! And that’s not before mid-December… But the annual counting and checking of the christmas tree animals has…

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Monthly meaderings: November

November was a busy month. Busy at work, at home, at play. They are the good months. Plenty of ups and downs but more good despite some real annoyance. At work With a lot of holiday to use in December I needed to do everything that is important in November. Tricky. A few trips – Cambridge, Brussels and Utrecht. And plenty of being in London. London is glittering for Christmas already, the walking bit of my commute is darn pretty!…

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Winchester Dining: Club Epicure

The concept of a supper club is entirely new to me. As (let’s be honest these days) is going out on a work night! So it was quite the occasion last week when we trundled off to a private home in Winchester for our very first supper club. Let me introduce Club Epicure, an excellent new dining option on the Winchester foodie scene. Alex and Hatty are definitely the hosts with the most – hosting and catering for two dining…

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cornwall

Cornish walks: Porthgwarra to Nanjizal

The coastline of Cornwall is a complete set of footpaths. So there is no shortage of stunning walks. Each time we visit Cornwall we find a new one – normally one that has been mentioned years ago by my Grandpa or parents. This time, with a windy north-easterly wind forecast, we headed for the south coast, between the Lizard and Lands End. Do you recognise the smugglers cove of Porthgwarra from Poldark?  We first came here many years ago. That time we…

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A treehouse retreat: elegance and luxury at the Chewton Glen

“It’s definitely a treehouse” Mr P squeaked at me last Friday! Since the opening in 2012, I have been lusting after a stay. The Chewton Glen has long been our favourite place to squirrel away near home for some quality RnR. But we have never stayed in the trees. Until now! I didn’t believe we were actually going to be staying in a treehouse. Even when I saw the confirmation. They are like gold dust – just one small part…

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Life’s little luxuries: taking a simple timeout

In the search for the perfect hotel, winter sunshine and glamorous flights it is easy to forget about life’s little luxuries. The things that actually matter. How lucky are we to have what we have? And to already live a life we love. We don’t need to scour the globe for a paradise, there’s plenty sat on the doorstep. Sometimes a simple timeout from the daily grind to one of these is all that’s needed to recharge. Peaceful, calm, relaxing and…

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The journey: enjoy the A to B

The journey is as important as the destination! Although perhaps getting up at 6am 5 days a week isn’t the best example of such a journey! Why is it so tough? Despite all the practice. Yet set the alarm for 5am to go on holiday and we leap out of bed before it goes off! I write this sat in the car on the way to Cornwall! Unpredictably we woke with the 6am alarm. Something about being run ragged and…

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Monthly Meanderings: September & October

Two months at once because not much happened in September! A month always dominated by work! Very little time for much else! October more than made up for that, although a lot of that was work too! This year it was a case of ‘hi September’ and ‘oh, hi winter’… Literally overnight. Perhaps I should take some of the blame. I am the girl that waited for the end of summer to arrive and then bought a boat… The moment we shook hands…

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Amberlair: world’s first crowdfunded boutique hotel

We all know that I love a boutique hotel… But how about one where the target customer is involved in its design and funding… Enter Amberlair! An inspired idea – the world’s first crowdfunded boutique hotel! Can you imagine just how perfect and truly boutique a hotel designed by boutique lovers could be? The wait is almost over! You may remember that they interviewed me back in 2015 not long after the idea started taking shape? Well it is far more…

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