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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 icelolly.com

Blog at the Beach event with icelolly.com

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 ...

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 ...

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