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Summer At The Cornish Cafe – Books

I love books....I mean I really love books.  I have thousands.  They've escaped the confines of the bookcases and shelving and now spread throughout the house in zig-zagging piles in the corridors and in every room.  I think my husband would like it if I had less books...the fact that I got another 12 for… Continue reading Summer At The Cornish Cafe – Books

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Carters Steam Fair

One of my friends once joked, that I was born in the wrong century and I should have been born in the nineteenth century.  I'm not entirely sure it was actually a joke and probably not far from the truth.  Although I embrace modern technology, I'm a firm fan of anything vintage. So when I… Continue reading Carters Steam Fair

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Savill Garden – Windsor Great Park

I first discovered Savill Gardens about 3 years ago when William was a baby and I was looking for nice places to take him for a walk and picnic.  I had been going to Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water since I was at University in the 90's, but having always loved my routine walk I… Continue reading Savill Garden – Windsor Great Park

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Chapel Stile to Elterwater – Lake District Walks

I spent a wonderful week in half term in the Lake District with William, my 3 year old.  I've been coming to the lakes for many years, and although when he was very tiny we didn't come up now he's a bit older we've come back a few times and each time both him and… Continue reading Chapel Stile to Elterwater – Lake District Walks

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Stott Park Bobbin Mill – English Heritage

Over half term William and I went to the Lake District for the week.  We stayed in a beautiful little cottage in Ambleside and as usual I made my huge list of places I wanted to go and things I wanted to see.  As it was the last week of National Trust houses being open… Continue reading Stott Park Bobbin Mill – English Heritage

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Beatrix Potter – Lake District – Writer, Illustrator and countrywoman

I had never really thought about the connection between writers and gardens, until I attended a workshop at the Chelsea Physic Gardens last May, hosted by writer and journalist Jackie Bennett.  Suddenly a whole world of beautiful gardens and landscapes took on a whole new meaning as we saw how they had influenced the lives… Continue reading Beatrix Potter – Lake District – Writer, Illustrator and countrywoman

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Agatha Christie’s Greenway, Devon – National Trust

As a child I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, I had my regular cartoons and Worzel Gummidge which I loved.  My mum was not a big TV watcher, but what we always, without fail, sat down to enjoy was a good Agatha Christie.  Be it Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot, we were hooked.  I… Continue reading Agatha Christie’s Greenway, Devon – National Trust

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Steve Sherris – Scilly Isles Artist

Tucked away on Silver Street in Hugh Town on St Marys, is the Silver Street Gallery showcasing the work of Steve Sherris.  This is his working studio and he has a stunning array of prints and original paintings featuring so many beautiful parts of The Scilly Isles; its nature, landscapes, seascapes boats and island life.… Continue reading Steve Sherris – Scilly Isles Artist

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The Isles of Scilly – St Marys

The Scilly Isles have been on my bucket list for a very long time – originally I thought I could do a daytrip from Penzance, but after reading about the islands there seemed just so much to do, that a few hours, I thought, was never going to satisfy my thirst for exploration of England’s… Continue reading The Isles of Scilly – St Marys

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Amberley Chalk Pits Museum, West Sussex

There are a number of museums that were firm favourites of mine as a child and the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum in Amberley, West Sussex was one of them.  I remember the first time we ever went - the car park is right beside the train station and I as excited to wave to everyone… Continue reading Amberley Chalk Pits Museum, West Sussex