A frosty foggy Hinton Ampner

It was a frosty foggy Hinton Ampner house that greeted Annie and I this morning.  The main house is currently closed for some much needed TLC but the grounds were open, as was the cafe so Annie and I picked Hinton Ampner as our spot to meet up for a mooch, a catch up and a sausage roll.   Hinton Ampner, of course, is somewhere I have featured on here

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The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

The Pig in the Wall is a 12 room boutique hotel in the heart of Southampton.  But it’s more than that.  It’s quirky, and comfy and built into the town’s medieval walls, some of the rooms even make a feature of the wall (ask for room 10).  If you were to look at the location on Google Maps you might think “hmm, no thanks, it’s on a busy road with

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Hiring a photographer?

With the best will in the world, and all the right camera kit, getting photos of yourself in a variety of settings is not an easy task. Which is why you need to consider hiring a photographer.  Historically we would only ever hire a photographer for a wedding or new baby shoot wouldn’t we? It’s just something we wouldn’t consider, especially when we are all so used to taking hundreds

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Windsor and Eton Brewery Tour

We didn’t really know too much about the Windsor and Eton Brewery Tour before we did it this weekend, we had won it in an a charity auction late last year so only did a bit of research (mostly could we park.  More of which later) before we arrived. You arrive at the tour, at the end of a residential road in Windsor to be welcomed at the bar where

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7 things to do in Windsor

You can’t write a “7 things to do in Windsor” post and NOT mention Windsor Castle, but after that what else is there to do in this historic Berkshire town? Windsor Castle Of course you don’t have to visit the Castle of course (I am ashamed to say I have visited Windsor half a dozen times and have never done a tour of the castle.  That is because I only live

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Christmas Pudding Crumble

Wondering what to do with leftover Christmas Pudding? Well here’s an idea: “Christmas Pudding Crumble” We had a couple of puddings leftover this year and I know in theory we could keep them until next year but I am really bad at buying things, shoving them in a cupboard, forgetting about them and then buying them again.  So I was determined that this year that didn’t happen, hence needing ideas

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Looking back at 2019

I keep looking back at 2019 thinking it was a really crappy year, that it was one I would like to forget.  And in so many respects it really was.  Except whilst looking through all the photos I took last year I realised that there were also lots of highs, points worth remembering, and that hopefully will be the bits I remember when I look back on those 12 months

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Avebury Stones

It is hard to believe that the Avebury Stones date back to pre-historic times when you are standing up close to them.  Hard to imagine just what they could tell you if they could speak.  Or that you can get so close to them, that they aren’t fenced off in order to preserve them. The Avebury Stones and the Henge monument are particularly unusual, not just because it’s the largest

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A Christmas trip to The Vyne

In that weird period between Christmas and New Year we decided to do a Christmas trip to The Vyne.  I had been the week before  to see Christmas at the Vyne decorated with its Charles Dickens theme, but Lady Barrow (Bruce’s mum) had never been.   Lady B and Jim had driven past the signs for it many many times but somehow never managed to stop and visit.  So with

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The Brighton i360

Yes, British Airways i360 is a 162m observation tower on the seafront in Brighton.  Yes it holds 175 people and yes it does indeed weigh a total of 100 tons. But beyond the figures the Brighton i360 is a must see attraction if you are on the south coast of England.  It’s a venue that hosts events such as “Yoga in the Sky” and allows you enjoy a glass of

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The perfect comfort food? — AD

What are your ingredients for a perfect comfort food?  Years ago when my children were younger and away at their dad’s I would curl up on the sofa with a bowl of hot spaghetti, covered in olive oil and pepper and make the most of having the TV remote to myself.   It was hot, quick and crucially at that stage of my life, cheap.     When Mr B

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Christmas houses and festive stories

Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places with Christmas houses, candlelit tours and festive stories in and around Hampshire If you’re looking for a really special festive experience this winter, step into Christmas at one of our beautiful historic houses. National Trust places around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations, fresh winter greenery, Christmas houses and festive family trails. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at The Vyne

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