Relaxing on the doorstep of Richmond Park: A staycation hotel review

To say this was the laziest most relaxed adventure yet would be an understatement.  At the beginning of this year, my one and only Mr Kiwi put me on a travel ban. After a 6 week period that included a surprise birthday trip to Gothenburg, a myriad of business travel, a weekend staycation and two awesome weeks roadtripping around Texas and Louisiana at the end of last year, he felt like he had had enough.… View Post

Wanderings, castles, statues, and a life-size dollhouse – Twickenham, Richmond

As a kid I yearned to join the ranks of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Basically for those not in the vintage kids book know, they were a gang* of kids that met up & had sorts of jolly adventures in the countryside. No mythological computer games, 3D air sports or imaginary characters who they could abuse online, but the unlimited use of their imaginations and a dog Timmy that got them out of scrapes. Rambling… View Post

Visiting Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham Richmond.

Hidden in the opulent suburb of Twickenham, a gothic castle of dreamy spires quietly rests. The beautiful Strawberry Hill House. You won’t believe it, but it has taken me a little over 2 years to visit this particular piece of Richmond history. It’s not through want of trying, but rather a lack of memory teamed with the house being open to the public. Every single time I’ve found myself with a spare afternoon I either… View Post

Posh Girlie Weekends in Richmond

This weekend was lovely in the lovely wilds of Surrey. Busy, but lovely. Lunches, 50th’s, Spas, nattering, mischief, deer, drinking, gangnam-style dancing, Tequila, dresses, deer, royal park walking & recovery.   I think I’m going to need another weekend after this one. My phone & camera batteries didn’t quite make it to the Park, but it certainly settled a bit of the old Donkey-on-the-edge symptoms.  Have you had a busy weekend?

9 London houses and gardens in Autumn

Autumn. It’s considered ‘basic’ now to adore the season of rust coloured leaves, snuggling into warm scarves and sipping lattes – but I’ve always loved it. Something I love even more (if that’s possible) is exploring London houses and gardens in Autumn – it is beautiful, calm and cool. So, I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite houses with gardens where the leaves turn vibrant shades of orange and red (oh, and… View Post