Window Wednesday — Round 2

I have always had a thing for windows. And doors. Oh and rooftops and chimneys And for bicycles leaning against railings. But mostly for windows. A window, with its sturdy wooden frame weathered by time, can stand as a testament to the many eyes that have gazed through it, pondering the mysteries of the world beyond. A world that can look quite unremarkable and yet with the addition of the

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Visiting -cesters — Frocester

Some might say it was a whistle stop tour of Frocester as we continued visiting all the towns ending in cester this month. Hard to believe it has been a year since we did the last ones, but here we are. Or rather there we were, in a the smallest of villages called Frocester on a beautiful spring day. We were actually heading to Weston Super Mare for the day

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Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station

Nestled within the iconic Battersea Power Station, Lift 109 stands as a testament to the industrial heritage and ingenuity of London’s past. As one of the most recognisable features of this historic landmark, Lift 109 offers visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience a piece of the power station’s rich history firsthand. Booking Your Lift 109 Experience Booking tickets for a ride on Lift 109 at

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A London Icon: Battersea Power Station

Standing majestically on the banks of the River Thames, Battersea Power Station is an architectural marvel that has captured the imagination of Londoners and visitors alike for generations. With its iconic silhouette dominating the skyline, this historic landmark has a rich history and has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, culminating in the revival of its iconic Lift 109. A Glimpse into History Battersea Power Station was first commissioned

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Hotel Indigo Exeter — A review (AD)

From the minute you stand at the check in desk you are reminded that the Hotel Indigo Exeter used to be a department store called Colson’s. And if you have ever watched Are You Being Served you will find yourself peering round the corner of the bar in the hope of catching a glimpse of Mrs Slocombe. Yes, this used to be the City’s department store and there are nods

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Exmouth: A Seaside Paradise

Nestled along the picturesque coastline of South Devon, Exmouth is a quintessential British seaside town that simply oozes charm and character. With its stunning beaches, vibrant town center, and rich maritime history, Exmouth is a place where time seems to stand still, allowing visitors to bask in the beauty of the British coast. Join me on this journey as we explore the many reasons why Exmouth is such a lovely

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A weekend exploring Exeter

If you’re looking for a charming and historically rich weekend getaway, Exeter should be at the top of your list. Situated in the heart of Devon, this city boasts a fascinating blend of medieval history, stunning architecture, and a vibrant waterfront scene. We had a fabulous weekend there recently and didn’t realise until we arrived just how steeped in history the city is. A Stroll Through History Our adventure began

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Here’s to having more local adventures

In a world where travel seems synonymous with jet-setting to exotic destinations, it’s time to rediscover the magic right in your own backyard. Simon Calder, the seasoned travel journalist, once said something like, “Start your travels by exploring your own backyard” I couldn’t agree more! I mentioned this when I wrote back in 2016 about Fleet Pond. Here’s why you should consider exploring the towns nearby before packing your bags

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Explore the Best of England: 27 Must-Visit Places in 2024

If you know me you will know that Bruce and I love to venture out at the weekends and explore local cities and towns, or sneak off for a weekend to explore further afield. With that in mind then here is my list of 27 places you have to visit this year. England, with its rich history, stunning landscapes, and charming cities, offers a plethora of destinations and as much

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11 things to do in Chester

Chester, a historic city in northwest England, is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, Roman walls, and charming riverside setting. It is also the capital city of Cheshire, the county my husband was born in so it seems daft I have never visited before! We went recently as guests of the Hotel Indigo Chester and so I finally had the opportunity to explore. Various school trips over the years all

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Staying overnight at Hotel Indigo Chester

Over breakfast (perfect eggs Benedict, thank you for asking) Bruce asked me “Where do you think the best hotel we have ever stayed is?” We discussed it for a while, wondering if it was that one in Paphos, or the one near the beach in Malta, or maybe it was the one in the middle of a country park near Heathrow where we celebrated Bruce’s birthday during a break in

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The Bush Hotel, Farnham. A review

The Bush Hotel in Farnham feels like a secret that those of us who know about it don’t really want to share with the rest of the world. And even if you are local and drive through Farnham regularly you would be forgiven for not knowing this little peaceful haven was there despite the fact it has been welcoming guests since 1618. Step off the pavement in onto it’s cobbled

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