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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 of sanctuary! My lovely home as it is… I love our home. We have been here over ten years and it was my first owned house.  It’s a place crammed full of memories – happy ones, outrageous parties and gatherings, as well as terribly sad times too.…

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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 earnt on the beach by doing nothing, not even reading) has gone before even getting onto the M25 leaving Heathrow! When the nice people at Destination2 asked me to tell them about how I relax after travelling I smiled to myself… Step one is always tea 🙄 So British!…

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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 SoCal are just about as American as it gets! Whilst Los Angeles is not somewhere I would choose to visit on my own account, a business trip seemed a good chance to see it (and a nice 20k boost to the airmile stash). With an 8 hour time…

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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 was a chance visit to Estonia and a last minute booking. Mr P was touring the Baltics on business and we latched on a long weekend in Tallinn. These unplanned mini-breaks, to Milan and Stockholm, have been some of our best trips! Minimal planning was undertaken, although…

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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 just when May was about to arrive) but oh so sunny! I really enjoyed April – I particularly like looking back on a month as I pull together the post, smiling at the photos and how much we crammed in! We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. By…

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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 (a place with a lasting impression)… Travel and taste, excellent! Translating a menu choice to travel is tricky? I’m not one for planning dinners out in advance based on Michelin stars and don’t tend to remember a place for its food. I’m a long luncher and follow the locals……

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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 explore and we wanted a spring walk with some vitamin sea views! We weren’t disappointed! We parked in Ringstead, not far to the east of Weymouth. I’d been looking for a…

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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 at The Bluebell in Cocking, somewhere we know and enjoy. The food is always excellent and since they were coming by motorbike the road it is on is a bikers…

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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. It was pouring with rain outside, this was the bottled sunshine for the day. Our room at Palacio Ramalhete wasn’t ready but with three gorgeous lounges to relax in this wasn’t a problem. Furnished with big white sofas, fresh flowers and dotted with Taschen and teNeues coffee table…

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