January. It’s a tricky month, isn’t it. On the one hand a clean slate, blank page of a month. And on the other, after all the indulgence and fuzzy feels of Christmas, a bit of a bucket of cold water. Traditionally, January is the month of forcing yourself into fitness, of self denial and lofty… Continue reading Library Love @ The Lit & Phil Newcastle
In a scenic spot on Salisbury Plain, sits a little church. The church, or at least parts of it, date back to the 12th century and its five-pinnacle tower can be seen from just about all points in the village that nestles around it.So far, so unremarkable. This is, after all, Wiltshire. The ground is… Continue reading Imber Village, Salisbury Plain.
Liberty London. Department store. Listed building, London icon.Instagram favourite and keeper of a rich heritage. I’ve had a visit to Liberty in mind for years, having been a long time admirer from afar. But postings and circumstance conspired to keep me away, until recently. The opportunity of a trip to London presented itself, so I… Continue reading Liberty London
I didn’t know a lot about Salisbury before we moved down to Wiltshire. Historic city with a Cathedral would about sum up my knowledge…oh, and the place where some Russians stirred up a bit of trouble with something nasty. The trip to Salisbury was a spur of the moment thing, so we didn’t do any… Continue reading Salisbury Cathedral & Christmas Markets
This is Halloween, this is Halloween…did you sing it in your head as you read that? If not, start over and read it again. You probably will now. So, it isn’t quite Halloween yet, but spooky season is definitely upon us. Darker evenings and the season that embraces all things ghostly make it a perfect… Continue reading Travel Inspired: Halloween
October 3rd was German Unity Day. A national holiday in Germany, it’s the day that commemorates the joining of the Federal Republic of Germany (West) with the German Democratic Republic (East). In typically German pragmatic fashion, the day has been carefully named so as not to place too much emphasis on either the division or… Continue reading Travel Inspired:German Unity Day
You’ve probably heard of a Tale of Two Cities, but what about a City with Two Tails? Stay with me, this is going somewhere, I promise. I’m a dog lover, always have been. But since we moved back to the UK and added a dog to our family, I’ve been reminded that dogs really are…well,… Continue reading Edinburgh: A Tale of Two Tails.
I was born and bred just outside of Newcastle city centre. I have the Geordie accent, never lost even after years of living elsewhere. I have the renowned Geordie ability to venture out in freezing temperatures minus a coat. What I’ve realised I don’t have is a great grip on the local history of my… Continue reading The Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle.
Sorry for the cheesy title, I couldn’t resist. Luckily for me, the title of this post is heavy on cheese but light on irony. It was indeed, a very sunshine-on-Leith sort of day on the day of our visit. In fact, it was one of the nicest weekends we’ve had so far in our time… Continue reading Sunshine On Leith & Woodland Creatures
Anyone who’s ever done a bit of travel or exploring with a family, especially one with a mix of ages, will know that there are some days that just don’t come together. Real life gets in the way of best laid plans. And when that happens with my family, the best solution is to get… Continue reading Gorgie City Farm