Tarporley: The Heart of Rural Cheshire

Last month I announced that I wanted to see more of the county in which I live in the UK. As a group, travel bloggers generally ignore what’s on our doorsteps in favour of foreign climbs and bucket list entries, when there’s bound to be some special places closer to home, if we just explored more in our…

A Relaxing Winter’s Stay at The Welcombe Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire

I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days in January than relaxing on a spa break. The cold miserable weather and infamous post-Christmas blues is not conducive to continuing great spirit, so what better way to banish the doldrums than curling up in front of a roaring fire with a good book at one…

Relax at The Welcombe Spa

  I can’t think of a better way to beat the January post-Christmas blues than to head to a spa for a treatment or two and a day of pure relaxation! So, on a recent 3 day stay at The Welcombe, a Hallmark Hotel just north of Stratford-upon-Avon, my Mum and I spent a day in…

24 Hours in Brussels, Belgium

After spending many days in this wonderful city, I’ve come up with the ideal single day itinerary for those who only have 24 hours to explore the Belgian capital of Brussels! There are so many things to do and see in and around Brussels but with limited time, this itinerary concentrates on the historic centre. I’ve detailed my…

Travel Plans for 2017

First of all, I’d like to say Happy New Year to everyone and thank you all for finding and following my blog and engaging with what I’ve written. I’ve certainly enjoyed the writing! Since starting my blog in July 2016, I’ve been travelling all over the UK and to various European cities, exploring some great places…

Christmas at Gordon Rigg Garden Centre

Garden Centres are great places aren’t they? Cream teas and coffee catch-ups, gifts, local artisan products, chutneys galore (if you weren’t aware – I have a bit of a thing for chutney!) I never go to buy compost or plants or anything like that, perish the thought… (I am clearly not a gardener!) Not since I lived…

Autumnal Amsterdam: A Photo Essay

Find a patch of green, a park, a wild open space and come autumn the place will undoubtedly transform into a veritable treasure trove of gold and ruby red vegetation with a crunchy amber carpet of fallen leaves, often sparkling in the sunlight. And in that month before the carpet turns to a dull sludge, the world is truly magical…

Churches & Chocolate in Brussels

Cathedrals, Churches and Chocolate… These are a few of my favourite things! So on my recent trip to Brussels, my second time visiting the city; I made a day of these fine things! Staying in the hotel district of Brussels near Rogier metro station, it was a short walk to the Hotel Metropole for morning coffee, or in my…

Walk: Southport to Ainsdale Sands

If you’re not lucky enough to live by the sea, I can imagine that you’d want to save your precious days off to visiting a coastal destination during the warmer summer months. But why should the summer months claim all our visits? On a beautifully bright winters day the coast can be at its most alluring with fabulous…

Autumn at Craig-y-nos Country Park

Autumn at Craig-y-nos Country Park   October arrived and the trees where I live were refusing to change colour. I wondered if autumn proper would ever arrive. Then the temperatures suddenly plummeted and the leaves decided to start changing very quickly and in lots of cases just fell off the branches missing that stage completely. I was very…

Austria in Winter for the Non-Skier Part 1 – Zell am See: The Mountains

Austria in Winter for the Non-Skier Part 1 Zell am See: The Mountains Visiting Austria in snow-clad times both up hill and down dale offers much for the non-skier! I may want to experience all that the world has to offer, but as an accident prone girl who can tear her Achilles just by tripping up on…

Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition at London’s Tate Modern

Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern   Anticipation gives way to excitement before going to see any exhibition as all sorts of thoughts rush through my head. Which artworks are going to be on display? Just how big are my favourite paintings? Will they be as impressive as the images in my head? How will they be displayed? Will each…