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Life lessons from Derren Brown

Derren Brown selfie during show at Grand Opera House, York

I've been pretty mesmerised by Derren Brown since he hit our TV screens years ago. So I booked tickets for us to see his latest show 'Miracle' at the Grand Opera House in York. Beforehand, I was excited and intrigued: we all know by know what his act usually entails but I didn't know what he ...

Fire Lake Grill House at Radisson Blu, Leeds

Fire Lake Grill and cocktail bar at Radisson Blu hotel, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK

The last time I entered the ground floor of the Radisson Blu hotel in Leeds it was to meet family who were staying there for a coffee. It was a functional foyer; not a place to indulge or linger. That has certainly changed now. As I stepped back in recently to try out the new Fire Lake ...

New Quay, Ceridigion, Wales

Ceredigion coastal path, Wales

Boy, were we in need of the break. In the end, we didn't need to be away for long. Just a few days, with fresh air, open sky and nothing in particular to do. Just a little time like this - after just one day of lazing and reading in fact - and I felt my ...

Summer is…

Ceredigion coastal path

I'm in the middle of two weeks off from work - and I hear I may have dropped on a mini heatwave. My phone weather forecast is predicting the temperature here will hit a slightly scary 30°C during next week! We've already had a couple of days away camping in Wales, when we walked, watched dolphins from the harbour ...

Elderflower foraging and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

Elderflower foraging event and meal at Crafthouse Leeds

In all my visits to the bars and eateries of Trinity Leeds, I hadn't until recently made it to Crafthouse. I'm pleased that my first visit was such a great one, at the fine dining restaurant's first elderflower foraging event. At Crafthouse and its upstairs sister Angelica, elderflower and gooseberry form a large part of the menu in the summer. ...

Life lately and finding space

Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

My blog has been neglected of late. Letting go and accepting I wouldn't update for a few weeks - that I couldn't - wasn't easy. I haven't really had a dry spell since I started blogging more than three years ago. The first five months of this year have been demanding and non-stop at work, but now ...

Bloggers lunch in Todmorden

Site Pizzeria, Todmorden, Yorkshire

I'd not managed to make the last #YorkshireBloggers meet so I was keen to make this one to catch up with the group. Plus, we were set to explore Todmorden, a place that was new to me. Todmorden is less developed and polished than its Calder Valley neighbour Hebden Bridge - but it's on the up. Like Hebden, ...

Weekend in London: Sunday

Tower of London

[This is part two of my weekend in London with Superbreak. If you missed part one, catch up here!] We'd had a full day on Saturday, and felt pretty exhausted (in that good, satisfied way) when we got into bed at around midnight. At The Cavendish, we didn't have to check out until 1pm and they served ...

Weekend in London: Saturday

Vintage London red double decker open top bus

Sometimes, I pinch myself about the great opportunities this blog brings. One such time came when Superbreak invited me to spend a weekend in London trying out some of the tours and experiences they offer. I go down to London quite regularly for work and to see my brother, and my husband lived there for seven years. We feel we 'know' ...

Valentine’s Day table

Valentine

We don't usually make very much fuss about Valentine's Day. I find it's much better to say 'I love you' all year round, not just when you're obliged, don't you? That said, a few days ago my ever-generous husband booked for us to spend a night at one of our favourite hotels. We're going in a ...

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