Tagged: UK

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...

Lincolnshire Plum Bread {my version of}

One of the pleasures of travel is discovering local foods that aren’t necessarily well-known outside of the area. More often than not, savoury dishes are meat based so I miss out on those, but many places have regional breads, cakes and baked goods too. When...

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, 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...

Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, Heavenly Wales

So I’ll pick up from where I left off in the last post, from Tywyn we headed south, towards Aberystwyth. We crossed the Dyfi Estuary and spent the day at Ynys Hir  an RSPB nature reserve. Fans of the BBC’s Springwatch programme will know it....

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...

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...

Snowdrops and Soup in Fife

Spring decided it wasn’t quite ready this week and winter muscled itself back into our lives. We woke up to snow on Sunday morning and it’s been on and off ever since, and oh boy it’s cold. We decided to sit out this unfriendly weather...