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Aqua Shard Weekend Brunch Review

Aqua Shard Weekend Brunch Review

Come with me to a rather special place in amongst the clouds of London. It’s a modern temple of gold and charcoal – and has heavenly city views. Oh, and the menu? The Aqua Shard weekend brunch array is as opulent as the surrounds. [Disclosure: I was a guest of Aqua Shard but all flowery descriptions, leisurely lingering and repeat visits are very much my own.] It was the first out of the house lunch… View Post

Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe | Summer Gazpacho

Cucumber and Pea Soup Recipe | Summer Gazpacho

Whenever it gets over 30°C I start to melt, Wicked Witch style (capital letters fully intended). All I seem to crave is light salads, buckets of iced water and green vegetables. Enter stage left this cucumber and pea soup recipe. The other 36°C (that’s almost 100°F!) day I had a fridge/cupboard rummage and it was like  a light bulb went off (not just the fridge light, I mean.) I adore cucumbers – often just slicing them… View Post

Life as an Expat During a Global Pandemic

Life as an Expat During a Global Pandemic

No-one really ever expected this would happen. (I don’t really know why I wanted to write this post about life as an expat during a global pandemic, but this is my online journal and sometimes we just have to have a heart to page occasionally.) The world is topsy-turvy thanks to the widespread carnage of a virus, families have been torn apart both permanently and temporarily and who knows how long this will have ramifications… View Post

5 Of My Most Memorable Meals | August Travel Linkup

5 Of My Most Memorable Meals | August Travel Linkup

Over the years we have been lucky enough to enjoy meals in some of the most wonderful places – so I thought I’d share 5 of my most memorable meals. Aftternoon tea at Claridges, breakfasting like lords in a Bordeaux Chateau, dinner at the Ritz, feasting on a bento box near Mount Fuji, lunching at Le Manoir, brunching with glorious London views, drinking ‘arctic whiskey’ under the Northern Lights in Tromso, eating cake in Vienna and so many more… View Post

If We Were Having Coffee July | Expat Life …

If We Were Having Coffee July | Expat Life in London

If there was a theme to this monthly session of chatting over coffee, it’d be decisions. The decisions you make both in life generally, and specifically when you live the expat life in London. I think I’d be sipping a tropical espresso martini – ideally at the top of Aqua Shard with my lovely friends.

The Laundry Brixton | Review

The Laundry Brixton | Review

There isn’t anything so delightful as sitting with a friend in sunshine, with a glass of rosé in hand – and it’s one of the things we all missed so much during lockdown. Since it opened The Laundry, Brixton has been right at the top of my ‘to visit’ list, so much so, that it’s the first place that I wanted to go when lockdown began to ease. The scene was perfect – sun out, terrace… View Post

10 Quirky Day Trips From London (That you can …

10 Quirky Day Trips From London (That you can easily turn into weekends away)

People often worry that to be a travel blogger they have to jet off to all corners of the world every weekend or they won’t have enough content. Well, to that I say phooey. There are so many amazing quirky day trips from London that you can take in England (even turning them into leisurely weekends away.) This isle has wizards, giants, knights, princes, castles, Raven warders and ancient stories that never cease to amaze. It… View Post

Home Dining by Corbin and King

Home Dining by Corbin and King

An intriguing twist in life lately, has been bringing restaurants into our home instead of dining out. For months there has been no going out to eat but trying alternatives like the recently launched home dining by Corbin and King, which was delivered to us. [Disclosure: I was given these meals by Corbin and King but all opinions are very much my own.] We were delighted to peruse the menu with signature dishes from the Wolseley (a… View Post

3 Years Running My Own Business | Highs and Lows

3 Years Running My Own Business | Highs and Lows

When I launched myself into self-employment 3 years ago, I genuinely had no idea whether it would work or not. I had no inkling that I’d spend more than 3 years running my own business successfully. Cheers to many many more! So, hearing my friend’s words ringing in my head about actually celebrating milestones, we broke out the bubbly for a leisurely break between emails.

If We Were Having Coffee | June Picnics

If We Were Having Coffee | June Picnics

If we were having a coffee, it would probably be part of a ‘socially distanced’ picnic in London, because that was absolutely the highlight of June. Well, if I’m honest, March and April as well really. We lost our little Biscuit this month, and she has left a Tabby shaped hole in our hearts. June 2020 will always make me think of paint fumes. Aside from sleeping, working and reading, all we’ve really done is… View Post

9 Ways to Send Hugs in Lockdown

9 Ways to Send Hugs in Lockdown

As an expat who chose to live on the other side of the world, I’ve had to become creative in sending hugs to family and friends in different parts of the globe, operating on different time zones and crossing many international waters. I realised that these would be perfect when recalibrated to send hugs during lockdown as well. So, here are 9 ways to send hugs in lockdown – helpful in lieu of physically hanging… View Post

The Future of Travel | Thoughts & Musings

The Future of Travel | Thoughts & Musings

I’ve got to be honest, I don’t even know where to start with a post on the future of travel. It’s so hard to know what to do, or even what to say. (Even though I’m one of the travel linkup hosts who pick/suggest the linkup topics every month.) 2020 would have been an amazing year for adventures – we managed to slip a long weekend in Bilbao before lockdown came into effect – and… View Post

Quick Corn Fritter Recipe | New Zealand Brunch Classic

Quick Corn Fritter Recipe | New Zealand Brunch Classic

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m more than slightly obsessed about brunch. It’s my favourite meal of the day, up there with afternoon tea. So, I thought I’d share one of me favourite dishes – my no fail, really quick corn fritter recipe that’s perfect for last minute plans (and/or curing over indulgence from the night before.) There’s just something about the gathering of family and friends around a well set table that makes… View Post

Luxurious London Lamingtons | Radio Lamington

Luxurious London Lamingtons | Radio Lamington

Asking an antipodean to describe a lamington is like asking a pre-coffee person to describe a dream. It’s childhood weekends in the sunshine, filled with laughter and your mum snatching a second one out of your hand. It’s spending time with your aunts & grandma on sleepy winter mornings all cosied up with tea. It’s popping to the local bakery with your Dad, on the hunt for a pie and something sweet to get you… View Post

9 Travel Quotes Inspiring Me | Free Phone Wallpapers

9 Travel Quotes Inspiring Me | Free Phone Wallpapers

Words are incredibly powerful; the flourish of a pen has the power to topple ancient towers, uplift melancholic spirits and transport us to distant galaxies. I’ve been sharing a few phrases on social that have lifted my spirits lately, so I thought I’d also share 9 travel quotes inspiring me, which you can download as a phone wallpaper or slip into your Pinterest boards. They always make me smile. Every adventure starts somehow with a… View Post

An Ode to Biscuit – Our Little Tabby Cat

An Ode to Biscuit – Our Little Tabby Cat

I’m not entirely sure how to say this, so I think I’ll just ramble as usual. Very sadly our little Tabby cat Biscuit had to be put to sleep last week – her health declined very sharply, very suddenly and sadly it was clear after a couple of days with our vet, we had to make the heartbreaking decision that we never wanted to. When we adopted her many years ago, we knew she would… View Post

Why I’m Keeping My Black Square on …

Why I’m Keeping My Black Square on Instagram | Black Lives Matter

I come from a country that prides itself on being inclusive. New Zealand is a melting pot of culture – but it is a country that has it’s own systemic problems of racism. We were the first in the world to give women the vote but equally there are inherent problems in the way that Maori and minorities have been treated over the generations. The black lives matter movement has lit a spark to embers… View Post

Home as an Expat | Musings | Travel Linkup

Home as an Expat | Musings | Travel Linkup

Searching through a long abandoned cupboard shelf the other day, I discovered a plethora of forgotten things. A Union Jack paper lantern that we had bought to take on a picnic (it was an optimistic purchase even when we first saw it), a New Zealand passport holder still in the embossed box and a box full of art supplies that I had enthusiastically purchased intending to brighten the world one randomly sent homemade card at a… View Post

If We Were Having Coffee | The May Pandemic …

If We Were Having Coffee | The May Pandemic Edition

If we were having coffee right now, it would again be a nice cool iced latte – probably frozen espresso ice cubes slowly thawing in milk, and we’d be sitting again in my backyard. We would undoubtedly be accompanied by a small Mackeral Tabby whose greatest joy in the world is that her humans are still always on hand paw, for pats in the sunshine filled garden. The soundtrack floating over the grass would be… View Post

5 Quick Ways To Transform Your Garden | Ad

5 Quick Ways To Transform Your Garden | Ad

With the glorious weather at the moment, we’ve been spending so much more time in our garden – and working our way through really improving it. I wanted to share these 5 quick ways to transform your garden – ideas to let your personality really shine through and bring in touches of your favourite travel destinations – no matter what size it is. Disclosure: this garden guide was comissioned by Grass Direct, purveyors of cheap artificial… View Post