rural retreat

Moving house: making home

A new home you say? I would say in equal measure… Never move house but chase your dream! We have had some rollercoaster moments over the years, we continue to, but nothing is like house…

travel diary

Monthly meanderings: May

Better late than never, the timing of this says something about just how busy work has been keeping me!.. Manic May seems an apt description! May started in a snowstorm in Tallinn… And ended…

travel link up

Home to me is more than a set of bricks

Home to me isn’t just a set of bricks. On day 1 it may well just feel like a house… But it becomes a home sweet home, a nest, somewhere secure and a place…

business travel

Relaxing after travelling

That familiar feeling – coming back from a holiday or a work trip and life returns to its normal chaos.  Straight. A. Way. Sometimes the aura of relaxed bliss (you know, the hard earnt stuff…

further afield

12 hours in: Los Angeles

Sometimes the scheduling gods at work smile kindly… A project in Los Angeles, are you keen… I didn’t have to think twice! California in the spring – yes please!  And yes, the beaches in…

city break

10 reasons to visit: Tallinn

Tallinn is one of the prettiest cities I have visited thus far. It is easy to enjoy – unspoilt by mass-tourism and small enough to get the best of in a long weekend. It…

travel diary

Monthly meanderings: April 

April is normally known for showers and the divine smell of petrichor. There wasn’t much of either this year.  Pretty much wall to wall sunshine. Chilly at times (and there was indeed hail…

foodie

A taste of travel: my menu

I’m very fond of my food, I’m also very fond of the monthly travel linkups. The ask for May: if travel was a menu, what starter (short haul), main (long haul) and dessert…

uk

Spring walk: the Purbeck coast

It had been far too long since my last visit to the Purbeck coast in Dorset! Perhaps 1996-ish for my Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award… Which was also the time I route-planned us…

uk

Spring walk: South Downs lambs and bluebells

A little spring walk in the South Downs turned into the sort of walk that would leave a bluebell-hunter or cute animal lover very fulfilled! I am neither, but I was ‘full of the…

europe

Lisbon city retreat: Palacio Ramalhete

We arrived at our Lisbon palacio at 12.01. I know this because I glanced at my watch. The sun was ‘past the yard arm’ and I gladly accepted a welcome glass of bubbles.…

europe

Boutique seaside stay: Villa Cascais

We flew to Lisbon, straight from a busy week at work in need of a chilled few days. In fact Mr P met me at the airport having just flown in from Sweden,…