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If You’re Going to San Francisco

‘Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair’San Francisco exceeded all my expectations and there were moments when I imagined what it would be like to live there. I decided I would have an apartment in Haight and work for Pinterest, I would spend my sum…

Collecting Joyful Moments

‘We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.’  Bill WattersonAs much as I love to look forward to weekends and holidays, I like to cherish the little moments in life too. There is no r…

Thunderstorms and Lemon Drizzle

The Other PlaceI didn’t want to like Cambridge, after all I live in Oxford. But there was something about the Colleges, narrow lanes, bikes, tea rooms and general Britishness, that took me back to the early 90′s, when I first discovered Oxford, and lat…

Boden on the Road

My life took a rural turn last week when I was whisked away to the Dorset countryside to celebrate ‘Christmas in July’ with Boden.The three day adventure included making bread in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Cookery School at River Cottage, creating p…

Catching Up

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks on my blog, for which I truly apologise! May has been completely insane and something had to give – sadly my writing online. So […]

From Totnes with Love

‘I found myself in Wonderland.’It was with a heavy heart that I boarded the Paddington train leaving a sunny Totnes behind. Although this was my first visit, Totnes felt very much like an old friend. I guess having a Plymouth-born father makes me feel …

Tuesday Treat – A Last Minute Holiday

Last week, we spent seven sun filled days on the South West coast. Once again we headed for Cadgwith Cove and spent the week walking the coast path, looking for dog friendly beaches and being constantly wind swept! What a view! There’s nothing quite like being by the sea. The sound of the waves crashing […]

April in New York

‘One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.’  Thomas WolfeThis was my first work trip to New York and I must confess I was ridiculously excited. I was there to attend the University of Oxford Nor…

I Heart NYC

The last time I visited New York was in 2008, just prior to my thirtieth birthday (it was my husband’s birthday present.) It was such an amazing trip; New York in […]

New York; April 2012; April 2014

|Then| You stay in an apartment on Clifton Street in the Lower East Side, eat mac n cheese at Schiller’s Liquor Bar, walk the Highline, drink a lot of martinis. You are at odds, both empty and conflicted. It was just … Continue reading

New York!

I can hardly believe it but I’m finally heading to New York in just two short weeks! I’m staying with my Aunt and her family but will be spending much of my time exploring the city. I’m there for just under a week and have already started planning the places I will visit and see […]

NYE in Spain

Suffering from the Christmas blues, compounded by the horrible storms we’ve had for the past few weeks, husband and I decided to get away to the blue skies of Spain. We flew out to Alicante on the 27th to celebrate […]

2013: A Year in Pictures

‘Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.’With just a few days of the year remaining, I thought I would tie up 2013 in a big turquoise bow ready to place on a shelf. It’s been a truly wonderful…

Fairytale of New York

‘Sinatra was swinging, all the drunks they were singing.We kissed on the corner. Then danced through the night’  Shane MacGowan & Jem Finer I wonder if New York is the most sung about city? My New York soundtrack was Paul Simon’s 1972 son…

Peter Rabbit and a Gramophone

‘Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter.’  Beatrix PotterIt was my second time in York so I knew exactly where I wanted to go in the very little time I had. I visited the …

#BEDN ~ Leaving on a Jet Plane

I love everything about going abroad. From spending time at the airport and watching films on the plane, to exploring new places and going on adventures! Having not had much money of late, trips abroad have been few & far between, so here are a few of my favourite foreign adventures. Iceland We went to […]

Undressing Israel (2013) Trailer

Think you know Israel? Michael Lucas sets out to change people’s perceptions of gay rights in the country and shines a spotlight on Tel Aviv’s flourishing gay scene in a new documentary. Lucas (of Lucas Studios fame) takes a look […]

Happy Halloween from New York City

‘Trick or Treat?’I don’t know about you but I love a good pumpkin, and in New York they were everywhere. In fact Halloween was everywhere. Pumpkins in doorways, on steps, outside shops and piled up beside produce stores. There really was no escaping th…

New York City and Cara Delevingne

‘I want to wake up, in a city that doesn’t sleep’  Frank SinatraAlthough this was my third trip to New York I found it as overwhelming as the first. New York city makes me feel like a child again, and I lost count of the times I gasped ’wow!’…

Waddesdon Manor

I have visited a number of manors and stately homes this year – Claydon House, Basildon Park, Castle Howard, Sudbury Hall, and Lyme Park – so it was only a matter of time before husband and I visited one of the most popular and spectacular in the local area: Waddesdon Manor. Built by Baron Ferdinand […]