• AUTUMN WEEKEND SHOP

    Dorset: Finding Thomas Hardy – Part One

    “Hereto I come to view a voiceless ghost; Whiter, O whither its whim now draws to me”  – After a Journey, Thomas Hardy Intro On a bleak May day, with a rucksack clinging to my back and a cap shielding my…

    5 reasons to put Kos on your weekend …

    Kos is the second-largest island in the Dodecanese (try saying that after 4 gins). And with temperatures between 30 – 20°C in Sept, Nov and Dec, up to 13 hours of sunlight *heel kick*, Kos makes a sweet summer sojourn. Here’s a quick photo tour of…

    Silken Diagonal, Barcelona: A smooth operator

    BARCELONA, SPAIN – If you’re anything like me, you get nervous booking a new hotel online – despite the honest reviews, candid pics, and detailed descriptions. My first girly trip to Barcelona was no different. The Silken Diagonal was my…

    OMG: I’ve found the BEST cafe …

    In certain situations, it is not appropriate to shout “O-M-G!” at the top of your voice. Like confession or a funeral, for example. But today – well, today – it was appropriate and entirely deserved because I found this place – the best…

    5 photos that’ll make you tremble for …

    Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands Mount Teide volcano is Spain’s highest peak, rising a massive 12,198ft above sea level. It sits at the heart of the island in a Unesco World Heritage site, surrounded by a 10-mile-wide volcanic crater. If you’ve…

    15 photos that’ll make you pine for …

    You’ll find the village of Painswick snoozing in the Stroud Valley, Gloucestershire. It’s a warren of ribboning streets and Hobbit-friendly cottages, scattered with a few places to eat and drink. And standing majestically at its heart is St Mary’s Church, surrounded with Yew trees; 99 of them to be…

    Festival weekend: Bridport serves up a treat

    BRIDPORT, DORSET – An unremarkable field, in an unremarkable part of an otherwise pretty Dorset market-town, and four large marquees flap in the mid-June breeze. Apart from the yellow signs wired onto lampposts bellowing ‘FOOD FESTIVAL PARKING’, the white peaks are…