A visit to Eshott Hall, Northumberland

Today, exactly one year ago, my good friend Emma married her dashing husband Stuart at Eshott Hall, Northumberland. We had a wonderful time celebrating with the newlyweds and it seems like the last year has gone by in the blink of an eye. It’s a bittersweet memory as we returned home to find Marmalade missing, […]

A visit to Whipsnade Zoo [Picture Heavy]

When we visited Dell Farm Outdoor Education Centre back in March, we sadly missed out on a trip to the zoo owing to bad weather. Needless to say, when we returned to Dell Farm last weekend, I was more than a little excited to discover that ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was once again on the agenda. Unlike […]

Black Capped Squirrel Monkey

A visit to London Zoo [Picture Heavy]

My TimeHop app reminded me this week that we’d been to London Zoo this time two year’s ago to see the newborn tiger cubs – as it turned out we only got to see them via a video monitor – so what better opportunity to revisit with the added delight of taking our friend to see […]

Pygmy Goat

Dell Farm Outdoor Education Centre

Last weekend we took four of our Kith & Kids members to Dell Farm Outdoor Education Centre in Whipsnade. Kith & Kids run these respite weekends several times a year and this was my second visit. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the farm lodgings have all the facilities needed for a short break […]

The Pirate Castle

The Pirate Castle

We’re a day late today but I won’t tell if you won’t. I had a busy day yesterday and by the time I got home I wanted to do nothing more than hit the hay (okay, so we continued our Star Wars marathon with A New Hope but who can blame us😆) let’s just fudge the […]

Madrid: A Mini Survival Guide

This will probably be the third and final post in my little Madrid series (until we return again, of course), the others being our visits to Parque de El Retiro and Salón des Fleurs Getting Around The Metro The Metro is inexpensive and, compared to the cramped, constantly-under-refurbishment, London Underground, cleaner and much more spacious. The metro map […]

Salón des Fleurs

Just a short post today, partly in response to the photo-a-day prompt ‘Treat‘, and to continue the highlights of our trip to Madrid last week. On Sunday we made time for tea at Salón des Fleurs, a beautiful little cafe on Calle de Guzmán el Bueno. I called ahead and booked us a midday treat. The cafe […]

Sycamore Tree

Parque de El Retiro

Following on from my last post with it’s nature-inspired musical compositions, I thought i’d follow up with the blissful day we spent meandering through Parque de El Retiro in central Madrid last weekend. A short distance from Museo Nacional del Prado and the Madrid Puerta de Atocha railway station, the park is 125 hectares of beautiful […]