Travel | A winter Cornish adventure with Beachspoke…

The weekend before Christmas we travelled southwards to St Ives, Cornwall… for some fresh air and enjoy St Ives in winter.  I personally prefer Cornwall in winter, the beaches are empty, windswept and wild. Walks across the headland followed by good food in a local pub by the fire, makes Cornwall the best place to escape the mayhem of the Christmas season.

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Travel // Artist Residence, Oxfordshire…

Last Friday, we left the boys with their Grandparents and travelled to the Cotswolds for an overnight treat at the newly opened Artist Residence hotel.  Passing through honey coloured villages in the traditional Cotswold stone we reached the village of South Leigh, Oxfordshire. The hotel is small and cosy, situated in a thatched country pub.  With only 5 rooms in total, you really feel like you are hiding away from the world at a country retreat.  Surrounded by countryside for

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Travel // Is Haven a place on Earth?

I’ve just returned from a weekend in Dorset, where we stayed at a Haven Holiday Park.  Lou was in Sweden, so it was just me and the boys.  Haven invited us to test the facilities and have a mini break at Rockley Park.  In return for the trip, I joined a 90 minute discussion about our experience.  In my pre-arrival questionnaire, I described my perception of Haven in three words as: “Old-school, Family, Value”.  So what is Haven like these days?

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Travel // Jersey Botanical Gardens…

During my trip to Jersey, we had a few hours each morning to explore the island on our own.  Looking through all the information given to me by Visit Jersey, I was immediately drawn to the botanical gardens.  You know me, I love a garden.  So I headed to the East of the island to Samares Manor Botanical Gardens.

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Travel // Jersey, with Tenderstem® & Visit Jersey…

Jersey has always been one of those places that I wanted to visit, but never quite managed to get there.  Until last week.  Last week, I flew to the Channel Islands, in a little propeller plane was blown away by the abundance and beauty of this magical little island. I was invited by Tenderstem® and Visit Jersey to experience the variety of food producers that this small island has.  From the famous Jersey Royal potatoes, shellfish and sea food found in the local shores

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Scenes from Sunday // The Quantock hills..

Another from my ‘Scenes from Sunday’ series, where I hope to share our Sunday adventures every week.  This Sunday we drove an hour south from Bristol to Somerset and the Quantock hills, hoping to see purple heather, wild ponies and far reaching views.  What I wasn’t expecting was a huge connection to nature….

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Scenes from Sunday // Bristol Botanic Gardens in early September…

This weekend was spent dodging the rain and keeping it slow and steady.  With the first week of term, and the back to school alarm clock, we want this first weekend of September to be really slow paced. After the morning at home, we ventured out to the botanical garden for a wander around the tropical glasshouses.  A favourite of mine, but when I mentioned it to the kids that we should visit, they did half moan!  ‘Oh god, that’s

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