Many moons ago when I was much younger and freshly arrived on these ancient shores I did a Bad Thing which probably, really should have got me deported. I don’t have many regrets, but this is definitely one of them. It wasn’t anything illegal, violent or intentionally nasty and it brought tears to my eyes. I was volunteering with a charity outfit called Cathedral Camps, a mentoring programme that works quite closely with the Duke… View Post

Nuremberg daytripping from Munich

Nuremberg daytripping from Munich

Another popular day trip from Munich is to Nuremberg. Infamous for the dark history that the Nazis brought to an otherwise pretty (and unhappy to be selected apparently) city that was subsequently almost levelled in the World Wars that followed, we were curious to explore the history of this Bavarian city. I must confess Nuremburg wasn’t our jam (unlike our trip to Wendelstein Mountain and the clear alpine waters around Neuschwenstein Castle with a touch of… View Post

Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Every blogger secretly wants to discover hidden gems right? I mean it’s practically in the job description: Chatterbox required for hours sat in front of a screen editing words and photos about unusual things. Must bring own mug and discover ‘hidden gems’. Mount Stewart isn’t a hidden gem, it is one of Northern Ireland’s diadem rocks, second to the actual rocks of the Giant’s Causeway. The opening hours were flexible (to say the least) on… View Post

Friday figments and photos: Are you going to …

Friday figments and photos: Are you going to Scarborough Fayre…

This week has been a whirlwind of delicious chaos (and at least one night collapsed on the couch.) Amongst other tidbits, we discovered a pop-up garden overlooking the busiest Street in London… We attended the dreamiest wedding in Scarborough… Watched teary eyed as two of our favourite people exchanged vows…    Yup, that’s an actual Yorkshire Pirate Ship. Celebrated a birthday with a cracking (excuse the pun) scotch egg and delightful glass of Sav… Sipped… View Post

Middle and Inner Temple Inns; a touch of …

Middle and Inner Temple Inns; a touch of bewigged architecture

Old buildings are my favourite. Forget the souless glass sheathes of modern day architecture, gleaming constructions punctuated with steel and plastics that can think. I ♥ creaky wooden floors with patinas of long since gone families living their lives over drunken levels, I ♥ the beauty of wattle and daub walls keeping the weather away, I ♥ the stories of love, loss and challenge conquered by people of yesteryear.   At our wedding, the vicar… View Post