Cornwall 2021: Supper at Alvorada, Mevagissey

Last year, Covid scuppered my plans to visit Lisbon for the first time; this year it led me to Cornwall instead of my usual September haunts of France or Spain and I was delighted to enjoy a fabulous Portuguese meal that I would otherwise have missed! Cornwall has become a foodie hotspot in recent years […]

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Cornwall 2021: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Of the many wonderful things one might do when spending a few days in Cornwall, visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan has to be put at the top of your list. Just the name conjures up something magical. The gardens are only a 4-minute drive from my hotel so getting there couldn’t be easier. But […]

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Cornwall 2021: Supper at Edie’s Kitchen, Carylon Bay, St Austell

When my daughter knew I’d booked a trip to Cornwall in September and that she’d be in nearby Padstow, she offered to take me out for a meal. Cornwall has become a foodie’s heaven, not just from the ubiquitous Rick Stein who pops up everywhere, but many other famous and not so famous chefs have […]

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Cornwall 2021: Penzance

Unsurprisingly, with foreign travel uncertain, many Brits have taken the ‘staycation’ option, as it’s come to be called. Cornwall has been one of the most popular destinations and this has encouraged a huge number of TV programmes about travelling round Cornwall, living in Cornwall and generally anything Cornwall to appear at regular intervals on our […]

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Cornwall 2021: Arrival in Mevagissey

One of the lovely things about the timing of my trip to Cornwall was that it coincides with my grandson Rufus’ 3rd birthday. My daughter is staying with her in-laws at their house in Padstow and thus my onward journey from Ashburton took me via Padstow, before moving on the Mevagissey where I had a […]

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Devon 2021: A Weekend in Ashburton

The beginning of my Devon and Cornwall holiday begins in Ashburton. It’s been a while since I’ve seen my lovely friend, Lynn, but I don’t head to SW England very often. However, I booked my holiday early in the year when travel was still uncertain and immediately took the opportunity to include a visit to […]

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Now We Are Ten!

The blog is ten years old today! I published the first post on 26 July 2011. It all started with … well, where does anything truly begin? Was my trip to Kardamyli in 2011 the seed of the blog or the germinating? Or was the seed meeting my friend Anna, who lives in the Peloponnese, […]

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A Visit to Buckingham Palace Garden

My daughter-in-law Rachael is a self-confessed Royal Family fan so when she saw that Buckingham Palace was opening its garden to the public for the first time this summer, she couldn’t resist buying tickets. Happily she included me, so with my daughter Nicola and their son Rufus (2¾) we set off to the palace on […]

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Travelling by Book

I’ve insatiably devoured books since I first went to school. I started school late due to a family house move; I was five and a half and should have begun school a year earlier. I skipped quickly up two years within a few months and certainly by the age of eight was a serious reader. […]

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Celebratory Pizza

It was a strange day for a celebration. Despite the mid-April date, I was woken by a WhatsApp message bleeping through from my daughter with a photo of the beautiful snow-covered landscape surrounding her 16th century farmhouse in Worcestershire. Outside my own London window, large flakes of snow drifted towards the ground. By the time […]

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