There should be a law passed declaring that all historic houses and gardens must be visited at the end of sunny days, and as near to twilight as possible. There is a magic in dappling sun as it beams lazily through tree boughs that can’t quite be put into words. Especially in the beautiful Chiswick House and Gardens grounds. Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in west London. The house… View Post

Unique England: The Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition

Unique England: The Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition

England to me is personified in 3 words; beauty, history and a touch of the surreal. There really isn’t quite a country like in the whole rest of the world. (I could write thousands more words on this Island – and have done – but let’s stick to 3 for the sake of this post not topping out at 18,000 words.) Enter stage right the annual Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition. From intrepid explorers conquering the… View Post

A Beautiful Beach Staycation in Bournemouth

A Beautiful Beach Staycation in Bournemouth

The ocean waves have been calling my name. Eventually, I decided on a Bournemouth escape. I simply wanted to read my book on the train for a couple of hours of English countryside, stay somewhere lovely and get some of that Vitamin Sea.

Luxury Date Night Suggestions | London

Luxury Date Night Suggestions | London

There are over 2,000 restaurants in London. The sheer choice available in terms of interesting things to do, world-class restaurants to enjoy and then quirky bars for a luxurious nightcap is astonishing.      Mr Kiwi and I try to make sure that we book in regular dates (ones where we have to talk, rather than staring at our respective phone screens.)

The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

This may surprise you, but allegedly London is one of the greenest cities in the world. The reason? The Royal Parks which are under The Queen’s protection, and the small but mighty patches of green that fit slip between the brick edifices like The Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries. At first glance, this is just another garden centre, curved around the corner from Warwick Avenue underground station, snugged between two terraced houses.