Summer Wardrobe 2017

No I haven’t taken leave of my senses and become a fashion blogger – I am so not cool enough for that! (And, don’t own enough hats or oversized spectacles) Besides, my taste is a little on the peculiar side and probably not one I should be encouraging. I blame my mother. She always let…

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. Are flights cheaper last…

A Weekend In Amsterdam

A Weekend In Amsterdam – Is It Worth It? Europe is a melting pot of cultures, a mishmash of cities with a thousand different stories behind them, and ultimately just a place where men can feel comfortable wearing culottes and have floppy hair. Amsterdam is no exception, although how they don’t get their flowing pantaloons…

Shawnee & Hillbilly Hotdogs – USA Roadtrip Highlights

USA Roadtrip Highlights The kids in Kentucky were in some kinda frenzy! It was the first time Lexington had had snow for 20 years and they just didn’t know what to do with it! We’d not long since left Ohio on our road trip and up there had been a whole different ball game – they were…

Airbnb Guide – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly!

The Airbnb Low Down Airbnb is our accommodation ‘go to’ when we book any holiday – there are some fantastic, and very quirky places on offer and it satiates my slight obsession with nosing around other people’s homes! But if you’ve never booked with them before what can you expect and how do you make…

Neighbourhoods Of Venice – A Guide To All Six Districts

Venice – The Floating City Venice became a thing when Attila the Hun’s crew scared the living daylights out of mainland Italians with their curly beards and funny pony-tail hats (I get all my History facts from Night At The Museum 1 & 2 [Number 3 went a little off topic I feel]) Land dwellers…

The Zetter, London – Hotel Review

It’s hard to imagine a time when Clerkenwell smelled of anything other than fine hand-soaps and artisan coffee but the East End of London in bygone days was nothing but a warren of dirt and industry. Like a student bedsit, the cigarette factories, printing trades and overcrowded employee housing created a melting pot that would…

Portugal – 5 Experiences You Must Have

Portugal – My Shy Friend There’s a lot to love about a country that has a punk-rocker chicken as its National symbol. A land which rewards your Supermarket food shopping with the perfect 30cl cool beer just beyond the checkout. A nation whose Festa’s don’t begin till 11pm, and the local fire stations are run…

Mallorca – The Dogs Balearics!

Mallorca 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…

Family Times In Edinburgh And Beyond

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…

Portugal – Best European Country Apparently.

Is Portugal The Best European Country? 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…

St Andrews & The East Neuk

Sunset Skies and Scottish Pies… Two weeks of no school – time to reunite the kids with family. We love living in Nottingham; the right mix of culture and entertainment combined with a life we’ve grown together which feels good. But, there is no replacement for family and ours are both too far North to…

Ohio Fun And Roadtrip Photo Diary

We recently took a trip to the States to see some good pals, Glenn and Rachel and their 2 little cherubic sons Finlay and Oran, in Ohio. So I’d like to share our holiday highlights and some photo’s from our week of American indulgence. I just have to start with the weather! I mean, we…