rural retreat

Country life ❤️ city work

This summer because of country life, we have not travelled as much as usual. Being blissfully holed up in our new home in the country meant we didn’t want to. We just booked our December getaway and I said to Mr P (only half-joking) that I wasn’t sure I wanted to be away from home for 10 nights! 😕 When we moved here, I thought I would miss our lovely Southampton home but I have barely thought of it!  At…

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My Travel Bucketlist with the Travel Name Game

Hands up anyone who has a travel bucketlist? We all do don’t we! I try to keep mine written down to not lose track. But it keeps changing. Pinterest must take a lot of the blame – it’s basically a photo scrolling wish list that updates by the second… My travel list on there is now up to 529 pins… And visiting new places adds more other new places to the list… We went to Tallinn and now I want to…

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Airbnb in Greece: a Crete retreat

We almost didn’t go to Greece this summer. We had toyed with the idea a while ago. But it was too hard to choose the island, expensive flights, a plethora of accommodation choices… It was in the too difficult category. Then a friend mentioned he had booked an enormous villa and they had plenty of space. Could we join them? Yes we could! Even better, business class flights to Crete were cheaper than economy. I would almost call it a cheap flight!…

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Monthly Meaderings: August

August was a full of fun month! At times it was chilly, so we were justified in lighting the fire at home! That novelty hasn’t worn off yet! Then at times it was simply glorious! And the bank holiday – good grief, we were blessed! Bathed in sunshine, Hampshire and the Costa del Solent were amazing! We took a last minute trip to Crete to join friends. More to come soon, but one must visit place is the pink sand beach of…

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10 things: to eat in London

My travel style is discreet and homely. It follows that my food taste would be similar. Working in London, on and off for ten years and more solidly over the last theee, has been a fun foodie discovery. There is such a choice and something for all tastes. Hidden amongst the big brand big dollar spots are some true gems. Some have been work discoveries, others recommendations from friends and a few just good luck to be passing by. All…

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British Airways: fasten your seatbelts for turbulence

I’ve always flown British Airways. They’ve always had the best choice of routes out of the UK. Until recently they were genuinely good too.  I’ve sat next to royalty before, it wasn’t just my view! These days I’d almost happily take the gimmicks of Virgin Upper or the lack of a special meal in American Airlines business. But the last few times I’ve flown long haul on business there hasn’t always been space with those carriers… I used to love…

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Pink sand paradise: Elafonisi, Crete

For our trip to Crete I did very little research.  We only booked the flights 10 days before we flew, joining friends in a villa in the hills above Chania. Our plans were to relax: spun out from work and moving house. The little trip to Tallinn in April was feeling a long time ago! But any travel blogger will tell you that FOMO exists and so I had a little look at Crete on Pinterest. Of course the beautiful white and…

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Monthly Meanderings: July

July was about being thoroughly British and enjoying life in the village. And cows, but I will come back to them! Oh, and rain – it just didn’t seem to stop! Let me tell you, one doesn’t move to the country for a quiet life. But for community! And by that I mean walking home at dawn from civilised gatherings! 😳 The wise in the village always take a torch, even if the meeting time is 6pm 🤣 as the…

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Travel fears and scares

What scares you when you travel they asked? It would have been easier to ask what doesn’t… But that wouldn’t make much of a blog post! Most things can worry or scare me! At home I hate the dark and being home alone. I sail yet I hate the water!  I hate walking into a room when I might not know anyone! Oh, and I’m terrified of cows and live next door to a field of them! And then when…

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