My Top Ten Travel Tips

I have been travelling for almost my entire life, having gone on my first holiday (to Benidorm) when I was 18 months old.  Since then I have been very lucky to get away most years, and even spent six years an an ex-pat flying back and forth a number of times a year.    This means that I now see myself as a bit of a travel expert and thought

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Out and about with the National Trust this February half term

  Get outdoors this February half-term with the National Trust – in and around Hampshire  February half-term is fast approaching, and there are loads of activities at National Trust places for kids to get messy, muddy and back in touch with nature. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to create special memories and get inspiration for the year ahead. Give nature a hand and tackle Hinton Ampner’s spring

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Making the most of small bedrooms — AD

As I mentioned in a recent post, we are in the planning stages of all sorts of house refurbishments as we are about to inherit enough money to get all the fiddly jobs done around the house that we have been meaning to do for ages.   First up is the bathroom, but after that we have a small box room that have never really used since Jonnie moved out

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It is finally time to plan our new bathroom — AD

With the sale of granny’s bungalow after she passed away last year, comes an inheritance that means we can finally do all the things to our house we have been promising ourselves we would do if we ever have the money.   If we can get somebody passed the offer stage on the bungalow and get it to completion, that money will arrive and we can get cracking. Since we

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Into the Glacier — Iceland

When I saw that Into The Glacier were based in Husafell, the same location of our first hotel in Iceland I decided to book it for our first day.  Generally we wanted our holiday to be governed by the weather and to not be looking at our watches every day so we decided not to plan anything other than this trip. Into The Glacier have an office just to the

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10 Reasons why you need to go to Iceland

  Having just got back from a week in Iceland, on what could quite possibly be the best holiday I have ever been on, I thought I would share my 10 reasons why you need to go to Iceland.  Because you do. Flight Time From the UK it is only a three hour flight and there are flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester on a daily basis.   There

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My recipe for Valentine’s dinner success — AD

This is an AD Feature I don’t know about you but we don’t go out for Valentine’s Day.   It just feels a bit, umm what’s the right word, forced?  Surrounded by other couples all trying to be romantic by being charged for a Valentines Special menu that is typically more expensive than any other in the restaurant is not my idea of fun.    We prefer to stay in

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Top tips for planning a multi-generational holiday — AD

This is an AD Feature We have done a few multi-generational holidays over the years so I thought it was about time I shared my top tips on how to plan them!    The first one we did was with Mr B’s parents and mine, plus my kids, Caity’s then boyfriend (now husband) and my granny.   A grand total of eleven of us in a holiday cottage in Cornwall

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Have you heard about the Hello Fresh Recipe MatchMaker — AD

Ad — Feature If you are anything like me then you will regularly get to 5pm and think “shoot I haven’t thought what to have for dinner tonight and people will expect food in half an hour”.   This will probably then be followed by a mad dash to the fridge, which you will open and stare into in the vain hope that dinner inspiration will leap out at you

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Park Spa Warbrook House — A Review

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review the newly opened spa at Warbrook House, a local luxury hotel.  It did occur to me that we didn’t really have any spare time in the next couple of weeks which, the more I thought about it, made me realise we should absolutely make the time to do it.    Spending time with Mr B where

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The one where Caroline Hirons organises my face

Not even joking.   ACTUAL Caroline “possibly the most influential skincare blogger in the Western Hemisphere” (according to NewBeauty Magazine this month) Hirons has sorted out my face.  Okay so maybe right now I do have a spot the size of a small Mediterranean Island on my chin but I see that as proof that what I have been doing to my face, thanks to Caroline, over the past week

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Solo Cinema Trips

It may surprise you to know that the very idea of going to the cinema alone fills me with abject horror.   Buy a ticket for one and sit by myself?!  I might as well just get a sandwich board with “I HAVE NO FRIENDS” plastered on it and stand in the multi screen car park, surely? Apparently not. I spotted an article in Stylist magazine being shared online yesterday

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