Half-Term Road Trip | Westonbirt Arboretum & Castle Combe

During last week's half-term, we took a short road trip around the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire borders.  Our first stop was the Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury.  The Arboretum was established in 1829 and is now home to some 18,000 trees and shrubs spread over 600 acres. At this time of year, even when the weather isn't ideal (it was wet and … Continue reading Half-Term Road Trip | Westonbirt Arboretum & Castle Combe

December Daily | Foundation Pages

With less than a month until the beginning of December, I'm planning this year's December Daily album.  This will my tenth year in a row documenting the run up to Christmas Day, and it's still my favourite project.  I toyed with the idea of using a Traveler's Notebook, but in the end settled on an album from Simple … Continue reading December Daily | Foundation Pages

Month in Numbers | October

I don't know where October went.  I seem to have blinked and missed it!  Let's see if October was oarsome {ahem}:During our three days long road trip around the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire borders, we visited 4 new-to-us destinations: Westonbirt Arboretum, Castle Combe, Lacock and Avebury.  We covered some 350 miles, most of which were on beautiful 'B' roads.  … Continue reading Month in Numbers | October

Emigration and Dual Nationality | Would You?

With the constant noise surrounding the UK's decision to leave the European Union a never-ending irritant, we've been thinking, in a rather generalised kind of way, about the idea of emigration and/or dual nationality.As it currently stands, I appear to qualify for a passport to another EU country simply because my maternal grandfather happened to … Continue reading Emigration and Dual Nationality | Would You?

This Weekend I …

At this time of year, I'm envious of Instagram images showing families having a blast in a pumpkin patch.  All those blue skies, cute kids and an overload of, you know, orangeness. This year, however, I had a plan.   Turned out not to be a very good plan, but a plan nonetheless.  We took a short road trip … Continue reading This Weekend I …

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2017

October saw me devour a few excellent novels! Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson:  "For one boy, fitting in means standing out."  I loved, loved, loved this story.  Frank is the 10-year-old son of a one-hit-wonder author (think Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird).  The story revolves around Frank, Mimi, his mother, as she … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2017

Instagram | How to Make The Most of Your Feed

Instagram recently celebrated its 10th birthday and my feed just passed its 1000th post.  Never one to be on trend, I signed up two years ago and thought now was a good time to share a few things I've learned along the way. Instagram is easy to use.  Use the private account option if you must, … Continue reading Instagram | How to Make The Most of Your Feed

Weekday Walks | Richmond-upon-Thames

A twenty minute bus ride away from my part of West London is Richmond-upon-Thames.  Even though it has an Underground station and people claim it is in Southwest London, technically it is in the county of Surrey.   Local residents claim Richmond is a London village, but I'm not sure I agree.  It has the Thames, it has a main … Continue reading Weekday Walks | Richmond-upon-Thames

Anthropolgie |A Visual Delight

I've never purchased anything from Anthropolgie, but whenever I pass one of their stores, I always pop in and sneakily snap a few images.  The window dressers (a job I've always fancied having a go at) and whoever designs the internal layout have a good eye for detail.I didn't see anyone actually making a purchase during my … Continue reading Anthropolgie |A Visual Delight