Gringotts Wizarding Bank

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

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The Upside Down House

If somebody says to you they are off to the upside down house you would be forgiven for thinking they meant a house where the kitchen is downstairs, and the bedrooms are upstairs. Or that there has been a disaster with somebody’s caravan falling off a cliff and landing on its roof on the beach below. In Bournemouth, however, this is an actual upside down house.  Well to be fair

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The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock

The Feathers Hotel is a 21 room hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, a sleep little village with a bustling high street full of independent shops and pubs.   The hotel itself sits in the heart of the village (hence the lack of a car park but there is plenty of on street parking around) and is  steeped in history: The front reception area and study was a Sanatorium in the late 18th

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#PoppiesTour

  They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them  I have written a couple of times about our family’s connection with WW1,  how my great grandfather fought and died in the war, explaining more in this post from 2015: WW1, VE Day and

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A day out in Devizes

We didn’t let the rain put us off when we woke up at the Devizes Camping and Caravanning Site just outside Devizes a few weeks ago.  This was, after all, our first weekend away in Betty the Bus and we planned to make the most of it.   The original plan was to wander the tow path into Devizes, have some lunch and then wander back again.    But then we

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Window Wednesday — Hillier Gardens

Window Wednesday this week is from Hillier Gardens The weather hasn’t really been conducive to photographing buildings and that small matter of Christmas has also begun to get in the way.   Today though was different.  And although the trip was brief it was great to get out with a camera and to meet up with Annie for breakfast. Hillier Gardens is only down the road, in a part of Hampshire

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Winchester Christmas Market

Despite living less than an hour away I have never been to Winchester’s Christmas market before and every year people seem to be raving about it more and more.   So with a spare morning this week I grabbed my camera and headed down there to meet up with Annie.   It is clearly sign posted off the motorway as you approach Winchester, with a suggestion that you use the Park and

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Enjoying a weekend not a million miles away from home

Mini-breaks. Great aren’t they, but can somehow still a bit of a fag?   We have always loved the idea of enjoying a weekend away not a million miles from home so we can feel we have done something with our weekend, yet not spent it on the motorway.   No point checking in to a gorgeous city and fabulous hotel for the weekend if it is the other end of the

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Sitting With Jane

The great travel writer Simon Calder once said “if you want to be a travel writer, start at your own back door”. That really struck a chord with me, and whilst I have no great ambition to be a travel blogger (I have a full time job that makes leaving the house for longer than day difficult) it did make me think about how neglected our own part of the

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Cities to visit for a day trip from London

day trip from London Staying in London can be great fun. Of course you know that if you happen to live there, but it’s also an amazing place for tourists to spend a vacation. There’s just so much to see and do that you can find something different to do everyday for years.   That said, London can also be exhausting, much like any big city. Crowds of people, traffic,

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Camp Bestival, here we come — [AD]

.Camp Bestival We have been on tenterhooks for the past few months as we have waited to hear if we are going to be amongst the bloggers chosen to be Official Camp Bestival bloggers.   At 5.30pm on Friday night we heard we were.  News that makes me squeal, which is surprising really as I really don’t do festivals.  Or indeed camping.   But in an effort to get out

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An invite to a Buckingham Palace

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 time and actually they were quite tasty, anyway I

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