The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land. G.K. Chesterton Continue reading Thursday Travel Quote G.K. Chesterton
This weekend is purple harvest time in a southern surburb of London – Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st 10am to 4pm. Three acres of lavender are ready to pick in Carshalton Beeches. Back in Victorian days this part … Continue reading Pick your own lavender on the outskirts of London
When I was considering holiday reading my thoughts naturally turned to writers for advice.My three interviewees know how to write a compelling story and they can recognise one too. SARAH RAYNER IN ITAY WITH THREE VERY DIFFERENT BOOKS SARAH RAYNER, … Continue reading Summer Reading – what books are writers taking on their holidays?
I first became aware of crocs sometime in 2006 when a friend on a teacher training course wore a red pair in class. She swore that they were comfortable, and yes, she could drive in them and no, her feet … Continue reading Crocs – ugly rubber slippers or the best thing since trainers came off the track? Which side are you on?
Outside the Nordic Coffee Collective Continue reading The wit and wisdom of coffee shops…
A version of this article first appeared in The Irish Post April 2016. More of us are choosing city breaks in 2016 in preference to basking on a beach according to recent research by Sainsbury’s travel insurance. In Barcelona you … Continue reading Barcelona at a Gentle Pace
This is the kind of working holiday that anyone involved in the creative arts yearns for… Brisons Veor is a live/work studio for professional artists run by a registered charity . The aim is to allow people to spend a … Continue reading A gentle retreat for Artists – away from it all in Cornwall
Bryant Park is special for all kinds of reasons. Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan, New York it is a hub of imaginative activity. On summer evenings you can play over 50 table … Continue reading When you’re in Manhattan visit this special park and no, it’s not the one you’re thinking of…
I only discovered yesterday that June 30th 1916 was known as the Day Sussex Died and the terrible losses suffered at the Battle of Boar’s Head by the Royal Sussex Battalions foreshadowed what was to come. The 11th, 12th and … Continue reading With great artistry and touching simplicity – the Battle of the Somme