Introducting Betty the Bus

Just before Christmas Martin, a friend of ours, happened to post on Instagram that the car dealership he runs had taken in a motorhome in part exchange for a family hatchback.   Apparently it was in amazing order, and the current owner had only had it for a year but a change in circumstances meant they

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My travel bucket list for 2018

It might actually be my travel bucket list for beyond 2018 as I can’t see us squeezing many of these into the next eleven months, but a girl can dream, right? The past month has been, to put it mildly, a tad stressful.  First of all my youngest ended up in hospital.  Twice.  Once driven

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Half Term fun with the National Trust

Half-term is fast approaching and there are lots of activities to get kids outdoors and having fun with the National Trust. If you’ve been stuck indoors this winter, then February half-term is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some time together exploring their beautiful landscapes as they gradually reveal signs of spring

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My 2018 word of the year

I saw a friend sharing a post recently about her word of the year and I immediately started writing a blog post in my head, outlining mine.  I have lots of blog posts in my head.  All the time.  Some never see the light of the day.  Actually most never see the light of the

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Ginmas 2017 — Week 4

So I promised to do a gin a day for the whole of December but only got as far as Christmas Eve.   Which makes it more of a Ginvent and, therefore, week four only features two gins.    To be brutally honest I just ran out of steam and on Christmas Day I was in

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Ginmas 2017 — Week 3

December is whizzing by and it will soon be the end of the year.  How does that happen? Life has been so frantic this year I have really appreicated my evening sit down with a glass of gin and reading a little more about each distillery, so here is a roundup of the seven from

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Ginmas 2017 — Week 2

Another week, another seven gins!   This is a little snapshot of the seven gins I shared on week two of Ginmas.   How can it now be half way through the month?!  For every item I cross off the “to do” list it seems two more get added.  But at least all the Christmas presents that

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Be Happy. Do Good

Those of you that know me will know I am not particularly religious.  I was at one point.  Vaguely.  My parents decided it should be my decision as to whether I wanted to be christened, not theirs (it was the late sixties so yay for hippies).   I decided at about 13 that I did want

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