I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. It feels more like a commercial ploy to fill the space between Christmas and Easter than a day for people to demonstrate their love for one another. I prefer little gestures throughout the year; bars of my favourite chocolate delivered to my couch, spontaneous weekend lunches, home-cooked dinners and flowers, simply because.
Glamping (glamour camping) has made camping fashionable again. Gone are the tatty caravans, weatherworn and rusty, adjoined by a dilapidated concrete block, decorated with cobwebs and a dubious black liquid seeping from the crevices in the walls. The sign ‘Bathrooms’ balances precariously on a rusted nail on the rotting door. Read more
It would be easy to move from one city to another, crossing countries and continents, taking in a festival of one kind or another every day of the year. Summer is the crest of the wave, taking advantage, no doubt, of the dry fields and grassy verges on which pagodas, tents and stages are erected in preparation of a day, weekend or even week long festivities. Read more
The days are longer and while it’s cold outside, the temperature is, ever so slowly, rising. I can see buds on the apple trees and the blue tits who have taken up residence in our birdhouse are frantically putting the finishing touches to their new abode. Summer is coming and it’s about time too. Read more
I remember being around 5 years old, standing on a roadside, beside a car, changing out of my pyjamas, while looking up at the skyscrapers of New York. Dad had driven us from Cape Cod in the early hours of the morning and I’d awoken to the sounds and smells of a city bigger than I could ever have imagined. Read more
One of the best things about being a travel writer is the people you meet. When you’re abroad you tend to be more open to chatting to complete strangers, well at least I am. The world seems friendlier when you’re on holidays, perhaps it’s the sunshine and leisurely liquid lunches, either way, it’s refreshing and one of my favourite things about travelling. Read more