Canvas Holidays Duinrell — the verdict

. As you are aware for Easter this year we were lucky enough to stay with Canvas Holidays on their Dutch site at Duinrell as part of their #Canvas50 celebrations.  I didn’t know much about the site, but it seems plenty of people on Twitter and Facebook do and they all told me how fantastic

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An invite to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party

. Traditionally of course posh invitations land with a thud on the door mat.   At Barrow Towers though we don’t do things the traditional way. Which is why on Friday morning as I was making doner kebabs (I know, I have no idea why either but it seemed like a good idea at the

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Ranty Friday — The Election

I am sick of the Election already.  And that’s why it is Ranty Friday this week.  Actually it isn’t the election I am sick of, it is other people insisting their view on politics is the only acceptable one and ramming it down my throat. The last time I looked we lived in a democracy.

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Volendam

  Volendam is a tiny town on the map and one you might not notice or pay much attention to.  Yes it’s on the coast, but so much of Holland is.  And if you want towns buzzing with life, well there is Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and smaller towns too.   Nothing much would make

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The Gallery — #OpTeddyBear

. For The Gallery this week Tara is joining in with #OpTeddyBear which is the brain child of a very poorly little boy called Fin.  In Tara’s own words: Finlay Church was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour last year. An aggressive tumour that’s rare in children. But Fin wants to say thank you to

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Seeing flower fields in Holland

. As soon as we decided to come to Holland in April I also decided we had to see some of the iconic flower fields you hear so much about.  And see in stunning photos and postcards.   You know the ones,  row upon row of flowers, banked by colour, for as far as the

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My tips for a European Road Trip

. By lunchtime on Easter Saturday we had driven through four countries.  Well the first one, England, probably shouldn’t count, but France, Belgium and Holland definitely do.   And it struck me that driving through European to a destination shouldn’t be the sole purpose of the journey. It was mine when I first saw that

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