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My Travel Wishlist for 2021 – Travel Linkup

My Travel Wishlist for 2021 – Travel Linkup

Goodness gracious me, it’s that part of the year again already. The time for looking back, taking stock of the present and writing my travel wishlist for 2021. It’s also the time of year to be confused about exactly what year it is, but I digress.  Travel has never been a race for me – I’ve always picked destinations on my own terms, and for my own reasons (more often than not, it’s the history… View Post

12 Months and 12 Photos – A 2020 Retrospective

12 Months and 12 Photos – A 2020 Retrospective

What a year. Honestly. It’s been a stressful year for everyone, where the simple pleasures in life have become so much more important. I was inspired by Tanja to put together this 12 Months and 12 Photos – a 2020 retrospective as a journal of a tulumtuous year that has affected so many.

Festive Drinks for Christmas and New Years

Festive Drinks for Christmas and New Years

Roll up, roll up, and welcome to the London Kiwi Lounge. We’re serving a litany of festive drinks for Christmas and New Years, all guaranteed to tempt you to sip a few glasses and linger in front of the fire (whether real flame or faux flickers – available on Youtube in a variety of choices.) [Disclosure: some of these were gifted.] There is something about winter that just calls for hearty, spiced drinks. They warm you… View Post

Ideas To Feel Festive Whilst Stuck At Home

Ideas To Feel Festive Whilst Stuck At Home

I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt around about 0.025% festive this year. So I set myself down with a glass of mulled cider and jotted down a few ideas to feel festive whilst stuck at home – and I thought I would share them because they all made me smile and have helped to summon the Christmas spirit, even in these trying times. My imagination and planning skills are some of the few… View Post

Unique, quirky and full of love: a small …

Unique, quirky and full of love: a small business gift guide.

Hoping that Santa has blog reading on his agenda in the run up to his busiest day of the year, I thought I would share a small business gift guide on my blog, sharing businesses that do some amazing stuff in the world. If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? If you are a blogger who doesn’t write a gift guide,… View Post

Best Sightseeing Day Trips from Sydney Australia [Guest …

Best Sightseeing Day Trips from Sydney Australia [Guest Post]

One of my few regrets in the last few years was only getting to spend a couple of days in Sydney. Raki, an experienced local tour guide, asked if he could share his recommendations of the best sightseeing day trips from Sydney which only sparked my wanderlust even more.  With an iconic skyline familiar the world over, a serene and picturesque harbor, botanical gardens, numerous landmarks and accompanied by architecture befitting its iconic status, Sydney… View Post

The Best London Christmas Afternoon Teas for Sheer …

The Best London Christmas Afternoon Teas for Sheer Festive Spirit

From the nutcracker to sugar plum fairy themes, from luxurious 5-star hotels to my very own living room – read on for the best London Christmas afternoon teas (according to me). I’ve been feeling a bit grinchy, so I simply wanted to share and reminisce over some of the incredible festive teas we’ve enjoyed over the years. Spending a leisurely afternoon with lovely friends, an array of festive treats and champagne is sheer bliss. Especially… View Post

A Delectable Sunday Roast at Bondi Green

A Delectable Sunday Roast at Bondi Green

In the midst of the last lockdown, the Radio Lamington Lammos were like a beacon of home to this homesick antipodean – so when we emerged, butterfly-like, it was only fair to balance them out with a steadfast British tradition; the delectable Sunday Roast at the newly opened Bondi Green in Paddington. [Disclosure: we were invited guests of Bondi Green – all gravy pouring love, enthusing over the cauli and sheer joy at being out… View Post

11 of my Favourite Christmas Traditions [Travel Linkup]

11 of my Favourite Christmas Traditions [Travel Linkup]

Every single year there are 11 of my favourite Christmas traditions that I insist we fulfil without fail. And if we can’t, I’ll find a workaround that somehow leverages them in, anyway – here’s looking at you 3-foot high neon green Christmas tree of ’15.   London is one of my favourite cities to spend Christmas in. Whether it snows or dawns a clear blue sky there is something magical in cool December days spent… View Post

Practical Gifts for Photographers (and Enthusiastic Content Creators)

Practical Gifts for Photographers (and Enthusiastic Content Creators)

I’ve written small business/charity gift guides for a few years, but this year I’m going to add one to the a list – practical gifts for photographers (not to mention enthusiastic content creators and social media managers.) I know that bloggers writing gift guides close to Christmas is a well worn trope, but over the years I’ve actually found some them incredibly helpful. I certainly wouldn’t call myself a professional photographer (though I’ve technically been… View Post

How to Deal with Homesickness as an Expat

How to Deal with Homesickness as an Expat

I haven’t chatted all things expat in awhile, but speaking with friends recently the topic of how to deal with homesickness as an expat has come up a fair amount recently. (Between swapping book and TV/movie recommendations obviously.) It’s going to be a long time before a lot of us get to visit home, so it’s no surprise that it’s something on our minds. Living permanently in another country as an expat, it is so… View Post

10 of my favourite London restaurants and cafes still …

10 of my favourite London restaurants and cafes still running in Lockdown 2.0

It’s grey, cold and we’re in the middle of a pandemic. It’s so lovely being able to order a treat from some of my favourite London restaurants and cafes still running in Lockdown 2.0. (Disclaimer: I’ve been a previous guest of some of these – but I’ve also been a paying customer.) As well as supporting our very local restaurants and small businesses. *cough* Vada Pav with Szechuan Cheese *cough* 

A LONDON LOVE LETTER FROM AN INCORRIGIBLE EXPAT | …

A LONDON LOVE LETTER FROM AN INCORRIGIBLE EXPAT | WHY I LIVE IN LONDON

My Dearest London, I feel like I’ve said why I live in London a hundred different times and in a hundred different ways. After all this time I utterly adore you. Even when you drive me crazy. It’s all your fault that I’ve felt compelled to write this London love letter. After exclaiming at my British accent (for some reason I seem to be at pains to tell people I am of antipodean origin) people… View Post

Dessert Porridge Recipes | Luxing Up Winter Breakfasts

Dessert Porridge Recipes | Luxing Up Winter Breakfasts

I love porridge. Quick, hot and filling, it’s perfect for winter mornings, especially those spent trekking through the snow. We have dessert porridge recipes that we keep in heavy rotation each winter, stepping our winter breakfasts up a notch. Because let’s be honest, porridge (or oatmeal if you’re speaking American) can be a little beige on it’s own – lacking interest and at times tasting of wallpaper paste. You can add brown sugar, berry coulis or… View Post

The Belfry Hotel and Resort | Birmingham

The Belfry Hotel and Resort | Birmingham

Because this is a safe, honest corner of the internet, I’m going to level with you. I didn’t quite realise just how special The Belfry Hotel and Resort was until my husband and brother-in-law found out where we were going for a girls weekend. [Disclosure: we were guests of the Belfry but all argyle diamond knitwear clad enthusings are very much my own.]     The Belfry is an award-winning hotel and resort with a modern spa… View Post

What To Do In Bilbao: 48-Hours of Art …

What To Do In Bilbao: 48-Hours of Art and Pintxos

It’s so hard to convey how much you enjoyed a city, and marry that up with keywords like ‘what to do in Bilbao’ so that Google actually presents your post to people who are looking for exactly that. So one types convoluted sentences like the above, and then delves back into the images to wander down memory lane…  It’s not an action packed city with hundreds of typical touristy things to do, but one where… View Post

The Pink Afternoon Tea at Ting in the …

The Pink Afternoon Tea at Ting in the Shangri-La London

The incredible Pink Afternoon Tea at Ting in the Shangri-La London has been inspired by the journeys of four incredible women, Gina, Maggie, Mandy and Michele, who received breast cancer treatment at Guy’s Cancer. [Disclosure: we were guests of the Shangri-La London hotel but all enthusings are very much my own.] I wanted to begin the review with their stories – this wonderful afternoon tea is as delicious and luxurious as befits a Shangri-La creation – but as someone… View Post

Luxury Hotel in East London: Town Hall Hotel …

Luxury Hotel in East London: Town Hall Hotel Bethnal Green

It was a grey old day in London, one of those ones where the leeching rain gets under your collar and into your bones – but actually, we didn’t care. Splashing through the pavement puddles, we were bound for a luxury boutique hotel in East London – the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. I have to come clean – I’d forgotten that I had booked this Friday night stay in – I’d booked it… View Post