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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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 colour and wildlife after the colder winter months. Try quiz-packed and creative outdoor trails, a

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Window Wednesday — Hillier Gardens

Feels like ages since I have done a Window Wednesday.  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

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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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Waterside Holiday Park — My review

Waterside Holiday Park sits just outside the seaside town of Weymouth, on the Dorset Coast.  On the bit of England known as the Jurassic coast, with views out to Portland and its lighthouse called Bill. Not that I knew any of this before Waterside invited us to come down and stay with them for the weekend, you understand.   And if I am honest, we still don’t know anymore than

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Waterside Holiday Park Safari Tents, a review

A rare blog from me, but I thought I would give you my perspective on our recent weekend away, before T gives you hers later in the week.    Waterside Holiday Park invited us to come and try one of their new Safari Tents and T picked the first weekend in July, pretty much at random. Well, it was after exams had finished so there shouldn’t be a reason why

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Window Wednesday — Sandham Memorial Chapel

Sandham Memorial Chapel is one of those unexpected gems that you wouldn’t know existed unless you had done your homework.  You can’t even really see it from the road, other than a sign on the pavement, and a car park across the road featuring the National Trust logo.   Mr B and his parents had visited a few years ago but I had been working so in search of something

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Sometimes you just need some food for the soul

A couple of weekends ago Mr B said to me at lunchtime on Saturday “What do you want to do today?” My response was instant:  “I don’t care, I just want to get out”. I love working from home but sometimes, particularly at the end of a week when he has been away and I haven’t left the house for a fortnight (other than a ten minute round trip to

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Window Wednesday — The Vyne’s Roof

Okay so it not so much an actual window I am featuring on Window Wednesday this week but the metaphorical window that let’s you view the £5.4 million roof restoration project at The Vyne.   We have been to the Vyne before since it is one of our closest National Trust houses and has not only a gorgeous house to venture into, but also stunning grounds and gardens.  Mr B and

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Window Wednesday — Chiswick House

  It was pretty much a case of sticking a pin in the map on Sunday morning when we woke up in London and decided to stop off for a walk before heading home.   Though the map was actually a book called “Secret London” and the pin was Mr B’s thumb as he flicked through the index.    Chiswick House, unsurprisingly is in Chiswick, and is a House that

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