Category: England

A Capital Visit

We head down to London once or twice a year to visit friends who live in the capital. It always make a fantastic contrast to the mostly rural life we lead, none of the small cities and towns we usually frequent match the sheer energy...

A thrifty wander through London’s Parks

London can be an expensive destination, there are so many brilliant things to spend your hard-earned cash on, not to mention the cost of accommodation. When the sun comes out however, London can become your thrifty playground! Obviously you can’t plan your trip around the...

Romantic Ruins in the Heart of England

Kenilworth Castle. While we were in Warwickshire we treated ourselves to a day out at Kenilworth Castle, possibly my favourite British castle. For me, Kenilworth stands out because it is red and because it is in a fairly ruinous state. I love ruins, they inspire...

Meandering in the Midlands

We have spent a blissful couple of weeks hanging around my childhood haunts this spring.  My brother asked us to house sit for a few days while they headed off to France so that became our base. Our summer calendar is quickly filling up with...

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake {Maypole Cake!}

A cake dressed up for my favourite day of the year, May 1st. Underneath the ribbons is a raspberry sponge, filled with raspberry jam and covered in white chocolate buttercream. The cake is decorated with a ‘Maypole’, complete with colourful ribbons, representing the traditional village...

A January Morning in Knaresborough

Last weekend we drove over to Knaresborough to visit some friends who have just moved there. It’s one of those places that I just wasn’t aware of, I had actually heard of one of it’s best sights, I just didn’t know it was in Knaresborough!...

Reine de Saba Cupcakes, how deliciously French

 Continuing on the French theme {after the Madeleine baking I did in Paris} these chocolate and almond treats are cupcake versions of Reine De Saba cake from Julia Child’s classic work Mastering The Art of French Cooking, with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. They are decadently...

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