RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

I was back at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday, the world’s most prestigious flower show, and always exciting and inspirational to visit. I almost didn’t make it. Due to various uncertainties, I left it late getting a ticket and just when I thought I was going to miss out, my son Jonathan managed to get […]

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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 been 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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