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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 along an electricity pylon rather than a bridleway! The Easter weekend gave us the chance to go and…

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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 joys’… We stumbled across this walk thanks to two things. Firstly we had lunch booked with friends…

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A weekend in the Cotswolds

Last year between May in Tel Aviv and India in December, we didn’t really take much time off work. We did manage to balance the work mania with the odd long weekend in France, Stockholm and Italy.  In November we fitted in another of these. This time a weekend staycation…

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My Cornwall Directory

I’ve been visiting west Cornwall a few times a year for longer than I remember.  My Gran lives there and we head down for long weekends with my parents or by ourselves to explore a little more.  Cornwall seems to be growing in popularity and it seemed like a very…

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My top 10 travel highlights of 2016

What a year 2016 has been globally.  My top 10 highlights may well sound frivolous and privileged in a year when the world has been full of sadness, unrest and nasty surprises.  But they made us smile, laugh and relax after some challenging years. Its been good for the soul.  I’m amazed we…

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Inns and cottages for a perfect staycation

One thing I adore about the UK is the plethora of great little inns and cottages on offer. If you want to get off the beaten track and find something a little different when it comes to luxury you’ll find it.  The luxury of privacy, space and charming hosts.  Here…

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Feels like home

Home is where my heart is – I love my home (although I’m desperately seeking a double-fronted like below), I love my friends and tribe, I love life and the privileges it affords me and I love my little piece of England, I even love my job.  Home is all…

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Mottisfont National Trust

As they say, every day is a learning day and that was certainly the case at Mottisfont on Good Friday.  The first learning was that this was ‘the’ place to be on Good Friday, who knew!… It was queueing for entry at 10am opening time, this being the first warm…

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I’d like an Easter staycation please

Easter is sneaking up out of nowhere and we have NO plans!  This is incredible – not only does that never happen but it is oh so very exciting to have no plans.  March has been crazy busy (more soon) and after Easter I have a big deadline (may impact…