Category Archives: Culture

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 ...

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

Afternoon tea at Creams, Leeds

A little while ago, the girls and I decided to try a new-ish tearoom in Leeds. Creams opened earlier this year in The Core shopping centre. It's certainly shaking up the idea of the traditional English afternoon tea. This is afternoon tea with added bling. As well as the familiar British afternoon tea - the triple tier of sandwiches, ...

Bloggers’ lunch in Leeds

Yorkshire Bloggers lunch at Kith and Kin Chapel Allerton

The latest #YorkshireBloggers meet was a few days ago in Chapel Allerton, a popular Leeds suburb. I hadn't been able to get to the last couple of meets, so I was looking forward to it. What I love about these lunch dates is the easy-going, welcoming nature of the group. Each time I go there are new faces ...

Family weekend in Scarborough

View of North Bay and Scarborough Castle from The Sands apartments, Scarborough

After a night alone in the Lakes just before our wedding anniversary we then headed to Scarborough, where my mum had booked the family into an apartment for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. I rather cheekily got married on her 60th birthday - she got two parties for the price of one! This time it was her turn to ...

Anniversary in the Lake District

Cartmell Fell suite at Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, near Grange-over-Sands, Lake District

Although our two weeks off work were typified by being ill (me) and grafting in the garden (him), we did have a few days away. First, we headed to the Lake District and checked in to the Masons Arms, a small pub with rooms at sweetly-named Strawberry Bank. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, ...

The Pinkertons on Drama

Review: The Pinkertons on Drama

Drama this year secured the UK premiere of US series The Pinkertons, and I've been asked to watch an early episode and tell you all about it. Although not the kind of programme that would immediately have me pushing the series record button, I do like a crime drama - especially one with a strong female lead. The Pinkertons: the background It's a period ...

RHS Harlow Carr gardens

RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate
RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate

As we were in Harrogate for afternoon tea, I thought it would be a good idea to call into the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Harlow Carr. You know, to get some inspiration for our garden, which we've just started working on. I'm laughing to myself as I write that, because our garden - which is probably a misnomer ...

Afternoon tea at Betty’s

Review: Lady Betty afternoon tea at Betty's cafe tea rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Review: Lady Betty afternoon tea at Betty's cafe tea rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire

There can be few better ways to spend a Sunday in Yorkshire than sharing afternoon tea at Betty's. Betty's café tea rooms in Harrogate opened in 1919 and nearly 100 years later the brand is a phenomenon, with every branch marked by a queue of people outside. I'd been invited to Harrogate to try the Lady Betty champagne afternoon tea, which ...

10 reasons to love camping

Camping Il Falcone Umbria Italy

Camping has become such a big part of our lives, more than I would have ever thought a few years ago I think some people rule it out without ever doing it, and I understand why. During an ill-fated and ill-equipped camping trip in the New Forest about 10 years ago I vowed never to set ...

Blog at the Beach with

Blog at the Beach event with

When I think about what I would do if I had more time or more money, the answer is always travel.   I’ve done pretty well so far – I’ve seen Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, America and a lot of Europe. But for the last few years the brakes have been put on the exploring, for financial reasons ...

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