Stargazing Pods at Alton Towers, a review

This weekend, to mark “Look Up at the Sky Day” Alton Towers Resort’s opened their brand new Stargazing Pods for the summer season and we were invited to see them for ourselves.  Sadly I couldn’t make it but Caity and Dan were all too happy to travel up to Derbyshire and try them out for us. There are 102 of the these pods, all offering comfortable accommodation with direct access

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My Monthly Binge — April

Did you watch any of the suggestions in my March Binge list?  I would love to hear if you did and what you thought of any of them.   I mentioned Fleabag last month and this week we saw the last ever episode (they have said there won’t be a third series) and I have to admit to be being pretty broken by the fact it is over.   Please,

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank

You would think that after visiting over a dozen times Ellie would be over visiting Warner Bros Studio Tour, but nope. Actually nothing could be further from the truth.   And you might think that having been so many times there would be nothing new to see.  Not so.  Especially this year as Gringott’s Wizarding Bank opens in its biggest expansion.   Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking

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Who produces your favourite wine?

  Did you know that my parents used to own a vineyard?  For ten years they lived at Chateau Masburel, turning it around from being semi derelict and producing third rate wine to a co-operative into a stunning home and a business that shipped worldwide.   During that time, and in fact before it, my parents had been fans of wine to a greater degree than many of us can

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Homemade Co Gin Kit — A review

Making gin is easy, you just put juniper berries in vodka, right? Wrong. That’s like saying you can make decent wine by adding a grain of yeast to a bottle of grape juice. You can’t. Don’t ask how I know, but suffice to say you don’t live in Saudi Arabia for six years and not learn how make booze in the cupboard under the stairs. Making your own good gin

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East coast of Iceland

This is my second post detailing our stay in Iceland.  Part one is here: West coast of Iceland, in and around Husafell and covers days one to three.  Day four and we left Husafell with heavy hearts and headed to our next hotel, on the east coast of Iceland for the next three nights. Day four We arrived at the Frost and Fire hotel late afternoon, in time to make

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West coast of Iceland

Lots of people have asked me where we stayed, the names of the places we saw, and generally what we got up to during our recent week in Iceland.  So what better way than to post our diary!  Trouble was the whole week became 40+ photos and 3000 words so I have split it into a couple of posts based on where we stayed. This first one is of our

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Window Wednesday — Elevate Event

  You know I love a window, right?  So much so that I did a whole load of blog posts called Window Wednesday because I wanted to share my love of windows.  How they frame a picture beyond.  Allow you to be drawn to them whilst in the room.  Or just blow you away with their own beauty. Somewhere in the past year with all that has been going on

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Easter fun with National Trust

Bring the whole family together this Easter and treat your loved ones to the excitement of a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at beautiful National Trust locations in and around Hampshire. Get ready for a school holiday break full of fun and discovery as you spot the first signs of spring, and experience nature bursting into life at special places the National Trust looks after. Become a nature detective and follow

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My Monthly Binge — March

  I binge watch a lot of TV.  I can no longer be bothered to watch a TV programme and then have to wait a week for the next one (current cases in point: Baptiste and Mother, Father, Son.  Watched one of each and promptly forgot about them and when the next one came on I had forgotten half the plot) so I tend to binge a whole series in

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The “White Saviour” furore

First of all, just to be clear, whilst I have been involved with fund raising for Comic Relief for the past few years and have made a couple of trips to projects with them I am in no way affiliated with them.  Not paid by them (never have been) and have no official role with them.   So anything I say here is just me dumping the thoughts in my

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Supplements and the Menopause

  The menopause really is the gift that just keeps on giving.   I think people were shocked when I listed the recognised symptoms of the menopause in this recent post: My thoughts on the menopause. The idea that the menopause is about more than just periods and hot sweats, that this pesky hormone imbalance can lead to disruptions in so many of the body’s processes is an eyeopener to

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