Weekend at Oulton Hall

Review: spa weekend at Oulton Hall hotel, Leeds, West Yorkshire

My husband has never had any type of spa experience. He was even very uncomfortable having a massage from a physiotherapist after a back injury. When, in the past, I've said I thought he'd enjoy a spa day if he tried it his look told me I had a lot of persuading to do. But when I received an invitation to spend ...

Our 2016 travel plans

Travel. Planning a road trip in Italy. (800x536)

The days are getting longer and lighter, and I'm starting to remember what it's like to feel the sun on my back. Instinctively, my brain turns its attention to travel plans for 2016. I think - as I do most years - of road trips and campsites and the sea, of long, carefree days and watching the sunset. Then a little someone ...

10 reasons to visit Fodder, Harrogate

Fodder farm shop and cafe, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Have you heard of Fodder? I was recently introduced to this Yorkshire farm shop and café, and it went straight on my 'visit soon' list. Having read what they're all about and had a browse of their website I vowed to pay a visit the next time I'm in the area. Fodder can be found at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North ...

Review: Keelham Farm Shop taste box

Keelham Farm Shop, Yorkshire

On Sunday morning I ate chocolate and marshmallows. And I did it for you, readers. I was reviewing a taste box from Keelham Farm Shop, one of the many farm shops that have flourished over the last few years, especially in Yorkshire. For many of us, it's becoming more and more important to know where our food comes from. We want a different shopping ...

Review: The Street Food Cook Book

Review The Street Food Cook Book

It's been great to watch the growth of street food in the last few years. Northern cities have definitely been at the forefront, and Yorkshire has embraced the trend with open arms. If you're a regular reader you'll know I'm a fan. The meals I've eaten from food vans have been amazing. Now a new book, The Street Food Cook Book, has pulled ...

A meal inspired by Greece

Meal inspired by Greece - recipe for moussaka, Greek salad, tzatziki

When we were in Athens last month, we had one of those moments that you know is going to sit in your memory bank forever. We were sitting outside at a restaurant near the area of Monastiraki, eating a traditional dish of gyros each (delicious, and about £5), looking on to the Acropolis which we'd just been exploring. It ...

How I’ll live more sustainably

Introduction to Ikea Live Lagom project

With a baby due in the spring, it really focuses your mind on what legacy our generation should leave the next. (Frankly, it's not looking too cracking at the moment, is it? But I'm hopeful). I think climate change is something we absolutely have to address seriously - now - but I appreciate it's not easy ...

Cruise part 3: Dubrovnik, Venice

Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik was probably the destination I was most looking forward to from the whole cruise. It didn't disappoint: it's definitely on our list to go back to, to explore properly. In fact, I'm hoping to spend more time in Croatia next year. With just a few hours in Dubrovnik this time though, we only really had time to see the ...

Cruise part 2: Santorini, Mykonos

Oia, Santorini, Greece

I was so looking forward to seeing these two Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Santorini was beautiful. We took a trip to the famous village of Oia, with its picture-perfect blue and white buildings, bougainvillea and homes - many now turned into expensive boutique hotels - carved into the cliffs. After an hour-or-so wandering the narrow, winding pathways, we ...

Cruise holiday day 1: Athens

Athens, Greece - Acropolis and Parthenon

A few days ago, we got back from our first cruise holiday. I've always dismissed - in fact, looked down my nose at - the idea of going on a cruise. It seemed the preserve of the distinctly middle-aged, the badly-dressed, pseudo-travellers, those who say they've 'done' a country without dirtying their hands or spending time immersing themselves in the culture. But we ...