A Spring Morning Walk in Kew Gardens

This post is for my dear friend Jane – and she will know why. Spring is very late coming this year. I know this particularly as it’s my birthday in a couple of days’ time and so I can recall birthdays when spring was further along, apple blossom on trees, a taste of summer in […]

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Snowy Richmond upon Thames

I should confess straight off that I’m not really a fan of snow. I don’t get excited by its arrival; at least not in London, maybe in a wintry Switzerland or if I was in the country and didn’t have to go out and do anything. But I’m a summer-loving person born under the Sun […]

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Christmas Markets

It doesn’t seem so long ago that one had to jump on a plane to Germany to see a Christmas market. In fact, German markets first came to UK in 1997 when Frankfurt supported the cities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh to establish Christmas markets here. A little before that, in 1982, Lincoln established […]

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A Morning in London: Coffee at Grind & Soutine’s Portraits at the Courtauld Gallery

With the sun shining brightly on an autumnal November morning, I decided to head into central London to see Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys, an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House. How could a food and travel blogger resist an exhibition with this name? It seemed perfect and it’s been on my […]

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Lunch in Windsor

I’ve┬ábeen meeting my friend Nina for lunch in Windsor fairly regularly for a few years now; sometimes she comes to Richmond. It’s only recently that I’ve realised it’s just as quick to go by train as car – and certainly easier, especially as the Windsor & Eton Riverside station is so central that as you […]

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An Autumn Walk in Wisley Gardens

I’m very much a city person. I was born in London and have always lived here and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I like to make the most of all a great city has to offer with regular visits to the theatre and art galleries, and of course enjoying all London has to offer food […]

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Spain 2017: La Alhambra, Raciones & Granada’s Favourite Cake

Like many people, my main reason for coming to Granada was to see the Alhambra, the famous Moorish palace that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built as a small fortress in the 1st century, it was taken over by the Moors in the 13th century as they fled south. Mohammed ben Alhamar, […]

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Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire

My friends Lucia and David bought a house in Welwyn Garden City a little while ago and now, having done some work on it and turned it into a beautiful home, they decided to have a lunchtime party over the bank holiday weekend and invite friends and family. Welwyn Garden City was built in the […]

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2017

I’ve always thought the Hampton Court Flower Show makes a great day out, in a wonderful setting, for gardening enthusiasts but that the Chelsea Flower Show is the one to go to for cutting edge garden design and inspiration. However, I found Chelsea disappointing this year while my visit to the Hampton show yesterday was […]

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Gardening enthusiasts have flocked to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, close to the River Thames, since 1912 for the annual Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in May. It is the most prestigious flower show in the world and the famous, privileged and not so famous, indeed the pretty ordinary, clamour and pay […]

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