The Life Of The River – Mondego, Portugal

A Great Work Out! Kayaking on the Mondego for a mere €16 you too can shape those bingo wings and burn off some of the Portuguese custard tarts you’ve been indulging in since you arrived. No need to even mention those delicious balls of pure goats cheese you’ve had your greasy paws on, or the…

I’ve Received A Liebster Award! 

My First Award! I recently received my first blogging award – a Liebster. A what? To receive one you have to be awesome and able to create literary masterpieces whilst shooting sparkly moonbeams out of your ass. Actually, as much as I could possibly achieve the above maybe on a good day and after a…

Clumber Park – The Weird & The Wonderful

A tunnel of lofty Lime tree’s greet you as soldiers, and like a Lilliputian under the belly of a centipede we drove beneath the giant green canopy towards Clumber Park. The Clumber estate was once owned by the Dukes of Newcastle (think Civil War not Geordie Shore) and covers a vast 3,800 acres. You’d struggle…

Nottingham’s Five Best Burgers

What can I say – I like Burgers! I won’t lie – I eat a lot of Burgers. On a walk in Derbyshire the other day, the cows gave me a wide berth and whispered, in cow accent , “Doris, that’s her!”. It’s a nice hobby to have. One which takes great skill and dedication,…

A Kiddie Mini-Break in Nottingham

Mini – Break Worthy? Parking itself right in the middle of the country, Nottingham definitely gets 10/10 for location – only 2 hours from London or Manchester, a mere 3 from Newcastle or Bristol, what’s your excuse not to make a trip? Recently awarded a UNESCO city of Literature and named by The Times and…

Tea and Tittle-tattle on the Cromford Canal – A Fun Family Day Out.

Cromford Canal Canals span our country like the veins of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Grooves dug by men of bygone days to shift cargo by boat destined for greater proposals. Nowadays the surviving watercourses of Britain have a more leisurely raison d’etre; namely, houseboats, barge holidays (basically a floating pub-crawl) and day trips. The latter…

Park Life – Nottingham

Park Life – Nottingham Maybe you’re a tourist in Nottingham, wanting to find some green space? Or maybe you’re a local and just don’t venture beyond your immediate town that often? Whatever, it’s Summer and we should all be making the most of these patches of turf that this fine city has to offer. When…

Last Minute Dot Com – Does It Pay Off?

LAST MINUTE DOT COM – DOES IT PAY OFF? We knew 6 months ago we had a week free but wanted to experiment with the world of last minute holiday booking. We’ve never done it before but we were poised to see if waiting till the end would pay off financially. Read on to see…

Thassos, Greece… Ssshhh! It’s a secret!

Where?? Thassos… The most Northerly Greek island there is, a little green gem tucked away in the Aegean, that nobody seems to have heard of and even fewer seem to have visited. It’s late May and the temperatures are perfect for our pasty British skins – an average of a kind and thoughtful 27 degrees…

Revolucion De Cuba Bar & Restaurant – Nottingham

The Past… HB Pencils and Deep Sea Fishing… that’s what I think of every time I walk in this Nottingham joint. My hubby thinks of walking in Derbyshire when he plays Fifa, my friend always wants a churros when anyone mentions B&Q, and I think of Deep Sea Fishing and pencils when the word ‘Cuba’…

Put On Your Gladrags Nottingham

A Night Out In Nottingham Recently my sister and her other half came to cat-sit for us whilst we tootled off to Copenhagen. They’d be here for the weekend and wanted to sample Nottingham night-life. Channeling my inner Rain Man I set to, writing a to-do list that would make the phonebook blush. I was…

Mallorca – The Dogs Balearics!

There’s something so comforting about islands – like a good slipper. And, as we fly in to land and can see this sea-locked green jewel beneath us, I feel like I just gave out the longest breath of relief after the month from hell, for my March was ghastly! An hour later, whence parked on…

Inferno Pizza – Nottingham

Inferno Pizza There are dozens of places to go for a quick bite in Nottingham – those times when you’re so hungry even ‘Wimpy’ in the Broadmarsh Centre makes your mouth water! Don’t do it!!! Skip to Inferno instead – on Milton street, opposite the Victoria Centre old train station clock. The claim is their…

The Sky-Trail High Ropes – Holmepierre Pont Country Park

Sky-Trail High Ropes Rule! Having 3 kids can be an expensive affair, even taking them out for coffee and cake can call upon you to sell a lung. So, during the Summer Holidays, I’m forever looking for activities that don’t break the bank. The Sky-Trail High Ropes at Holmepierre Pont Country Park ticks this box….

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen!

Copenhagen – Wasn’t Expecting Much! Boarding the plane to Copenhagen I had little more aspirations than to maybe sample a few Danish Pastries and perhaps try the local delicacy of Smorresbord (also known as the open sandwich). But apart from that my expectations were low. I’d already redecorated our hallway after inspiration from scouring Airbnb…

Sundried Haggis and a Tartan Tan – Edinburgh

Sundried Haggis & A Tartan Tan I’m pretty sure that if you visited the Scottish Tourism Website you’d be hard pushed to find the recommendation to visit their country in February, after all, even a summer holiday requires hats and scarves. However, this is our third trip to visit family in Edinburgh in the February…

24 Hours in Oxford

A Weekend In Oxford Oxford – known as the ‘City of Spires’, a fact which I find utterly depressing! Imagining ornate protruding roof columns and a petit handful of photographic opportunities, I was mildly excited about our trip away, nurturing thoughts of having more fun in the 5 star hotel we were about to check…

Wedding Video Stalking – My New Hobby.

My Dream Wedding In An Enchanted Forest Aside from writing emails to my mates at the Hadron Collider (giving them new ideas and theorems, sharing my opinions etc) I have a new hobby; watching other people’s wedding videos. Always of folk I don’t know from Adam and specifically ones that make me cry! I mean,…

Five Favourite Things….

My Five Favourite Memories Of The Week… First… A few nights ago we got to say our light-headed goodbyes to a gorgeous couple who have been in our lives for a long time. They’ve recently decided to embark on a life-project, which will take them across the Channel to the rolling hills of France, with…

Portugal – Best European Country Apparently.

The Best? Really? Portugal is a country of contrasts for me. Ranking no.1 this year on the Best European Country List, it is definitely full of beauty and opportunities for the tourist (I know-I’ve seen a fair bit of it!) but it always leaves me with a feeling of sadness and melancholy too. Only in…