I have just come back from a short break in Snowdonia. This was a 60th birthday treat from my partner, Derek. He chose Beech Bank B and B as our accommodation from a number of various hotels, guest houses and B and B's listed online.
The last time I was here for a chat back in April of 2014, I told you about moving four generations of my family from Bristol to Cornwall. I thought I'd catch you up on what I have been up to since then.
Take a slow boat, some long summer days – sunshine would be good, but there's a lot to be said for a snug berth in a secure anchorage listening the rain pattering on the coach roof – and explore the Welsh coast from the sea, one of the best place to appreciate its wild, rugged beauty. There are a few fishing boats, of course, but most of time it's just you, your little boat, the sea and the sky.
I'm lucky to have many fascinating National Trust houses within easy distance and one of my favourites is Berrington Hall in Herefordshire.
Berrington is a pretty 18th century house, with Capability Brown designed grounds, set amongst beautiful rolling hills and commanding impressive views. I try to visit frequently and always find something new.
The Rose And Crown - A Greene King Gem, Also My Local Pub, Friendly, Welcoming and Part of Tupsley Community, Hereford
I interviewed Michelle last week, the landlady of The Rose and Crown, Hereford. We had a lovely chat over a cup of excellent coffee!
A weekend visit was planned to meet up with friends, where could we stay for one night in Southampton?
It was with a low level of expectation that we set off to try a Saturday night dinner at The Castle Inn, Wigmore. We'd heard of no one who'd been there and the usual mob who recommended places to us hadn't been forthcoming about this one.
I can thoroughly recommend a trip to this lovely National Trust property just outside Bath.We went on Friday when the weather was glorious,which added to the pleasure of wandering around the lovely gardens and grounds and sitting in the shaded areas enjoying a cup of tea.
We were looking for somewhere to take my stepfather that didn't involve much walking. It was a loveley sunny day and we decided to visit Westonbury Mill Water Gardens in the village of Pembridge, Herefordshire.
It cannot be denied that the Costa Blanca, where I have lived with my husband for the past fourteen years, is multi-faceted. First off, dealing with the Playas, they have all that is expected of its seaside resorts; blue flag beaches aplenty, and a Mediterranean sea with enviable temperatures to lure sea lovers. It has tiny, covetous coves, and long expanses of golden sand; and the shorelines can be rugged and mountainous, or gently sloping. Just take your pick.
Last month I was delighted to be in the Independent Top 100 Happy List. On June 26th, a party was held at The Grange St Pauls Hotel in London to celebrate the achievements of all the winners.
York is famous for its medieval city walls, Guy Fawkes, highwaymen and ghosts. The Ghost Research Foundation International claims York is the most haunted city in Europe, with 504 ghostswandering its ancient streets.
You'd think we'd be able to find one.
During half term I visited Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea with my daughter Anette and her 3 children, Daniel (13), and the twins (11) Lauren and Christian. First we had a lovely lunch in one of the fish and chips restaurants on the opposite side of the road. We feel you get better value there. When you get into Adventure Island the first thing is to get the arm bands.
How does one define a good pub? For me it has to be warm, friendly, good atmosphere, an excellent selection of wines and superb food. Well, guess what, I have found the very pub just eight miles from where I live.
It's Autumn and at last the post has come with my new Summer holiday brochure for next Summer from AT Travel who are based in Edinburgh these days. I excitedly search through the pages to find a holiday. Perhaps there is a new one this year!
I love Sunday mornings! No lie in for me: no lazing around in my dressing gown drinking tea. Oh no! Sunday morning means only one thing – it's Lemon Tree Market Day.
My first memory of Cornwall was when I first came here on holiday. I was four years old, about forty years ago (okay and the rest) and we stayed in Looe. I have vivid memories of running down a very steep hill from our little chalet on the cliff to the beach every day with my older brother.
I would like to nominate The Den as an excellent restaurant, recently opened in my home city of Hereford. I have been on two occasions so far and have had excellent food and service both times. Jade Owen, General Manager has agreed to answer some questions for me. Great to meet you Jade!
As some of you may know,Rosslyn Chapel featured in Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code and is situated 6 miles from Edinburgh.
Since my life changing episode almost a year ago, there have been considerable alterations in my life style. When my dear wife was alive, we made a point of going out to eat at least once per week. Unfortunately this dropped off in the latter months of her life. Since then however I make a point of eating out whenever I can. Generally fish and chips on a Friday, and lunch on a Sunday.
Sea Life Adventure Aquarium in Southend-on-Sea is well worth a visit. I booked on line for two of us, both OAPs and the cost was £6.20 each (a saving of just over £3 in total).
The Shropshire town of Whitchurch is well worth a visit, especially on the first Saturday of the month when it's Farmers' Market day. The selection of foods available on the stalls is always mouth-watering, from gourmet pies and free-range meats to home-baked sponge cakes and toffee.
Tywyn is a small seaside town on the Cardigan Bay Coast of Wales. No large supermarkets are to be found here, just a Co-Op, a Spar and various small shops situated along the High Street.
While I was growing up during the 1950s and 1960s, most provincial museums were grim, unwelcoming places full of dusty bits and pieces in big glass cabinets. There was nothing to touch or hear, and there was certainly nothing to taste or smell. All visitors were expected to do was look at everything respectfully and then to go away again.
I love Exmouth. Miles of golden sand, clean tidy parks, lots of great independent shops and when I want to eat out, plenty of good pubs and restaurants. For Around The UK, I shall be writing about some of the places I visit and would like to start off by recommending The Grove.
My husband, family and myself love eating at this lovely pub, which has a beautiful view over the Devon hills, and the sea beyond. There is a large restaurant area, tastefully furnished, or people can eat in the bar area.
Welcome to a new section on the website, called Around The UK. This will feature articles and interviews from different towns and cities.