Category: England

Stainforth Foss Salmon

Salmon at Stainforth Foss

Have you ever cheered for a fish?   Every autumn Atlantic Salmon make the epic journey up river to spawn, returning to the place they were born. This would probably go unnoticed by most people if it wasn’t for the waterfalls and weirs that stand...

Castlerigg Stone circle // Keswick

Castlerigg Stone Circle and a Weekend to Myself

Castlerigg Stone Circle This ring of stones has stood in their spectacular location for the past 5000 years. A monument remaining from the Neolithic people that inhabited our islands: one of around a thousand that are scattered throughout Britain and Ireland.  Castlerigg is particularly special, not...

Shipston Beer Festival 2015

48 Hours and 3 Foodie Festivals in Warwickshire!

Shipston Beer Festival, Stratford Food Festival and Shipston Food Festival. Oh my, I’ve eaten and drunk my way through this last weekend! South Warwickshire welcomed us with plentiful food and fine ale to wash it all down. Shipston Beer Festival It all began on Friday...

Why I love Birmingham

Let Me Show You Why I Love Birmingham!

Birmingham. I grew up near Birmingham, it is a beautiful city! I know, it doesn’t have the glamorous reputation of some other British cities but it filled my heart in my teens. When I return, as I often do – my brother still lives in...

Poppies at the Tower

The Poppies at the Tower of London

The Poppies at the Tower of London Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for every British military fatality in World War I. When you first see the sea of red blooms you are overwhelmed by the vivid beauty, the extraordinary sight....

Kew Gardens in Autumn

Kew Gardens in Autumn

Kew Gardens in Autumn The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are a blissful, verdant escape from hectic London. The majestic trees and stunning Victorian hot houses are a heavenly experience as the year turns to vibrant Autumn. The gardens are a celebration of plant life and...

Malham Show

Baking {out of my comfort zone} at Malham Show

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to experience new, exciting things. I received a tweet a fortnight ago asking if I would like to do a baking demonstration at one of the agricultural shows up in North Yorkshire. I was staying...

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln, Just Wow!

Lincoln is an attractive Cathedral city in the eastern midlands of England. We found ourselves over there at the weekend on our drive back up north. Always wanting to visit new places, this turned out to be a perfect destination. Mr VB had been here...

Japanese Rest House

Batsford Arboretum; Trees, Bees and Grandeur

Batsford Arboretum is hidden up a lane off the ancient {yet still a main road} roman Fosse Way near Moreton in Marsh. This pretty Cotswold market town is not far from Stratford upon Avon and Oxford making it an easy day trip. Tuesdays are the...

Yorkshire | Vagabond Baking

A Pictorial Potter Around Historic York

So we went to York for the day, last week it was! The primary reason was to visit the Mallard 75 train exhibition at the National Railway Museum however the sun was shining and the beautiful streets of this historic city were calling us… We...

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