Bath: Stars and Sugar Skulls

At some point I decided it had been far too long since I had been back to Bath, so we booked a trip and stayed for two rainy October nights. I have blogged about Bath before, enchanted by its Roman and Georgian history, and its enthusiasm for Jane Austen. This…

Back To Bristol (Just For A Day)

Earlier this week I found myself in Bristol for the day – one of my favourite cities to visit.  I lived there briefly when I gave university a go back in my teens, and those few months left me with such a fondness for the beautiful city. As we didn’t…

Cycling Devon’s Tarka Trail (and Poetry En Route!)

I recently cycled the Tarka Trail for the first time, after years of saying I would eventually get round to it.  Neil and I packed some snacks and water into a backpack one Saturday morning in August, and took that old, rickety train up to Barnstaple.  Conveniently, you can hire…

A Glimpse of Oxford

The biggest highlight of the recent festive period for me was taking a road trip to Oxford for the day.  We piled into the car and drove the several hours to the city, arriving with snack-filled bellies, the car radio blaring out the weather forecast: suspiciously sunny for a December…

Halloween at Disneyland Paris

I’m back!  Where have I been, you ask?  Well, last week I treated my sister to four nights at Disneyland Paris for her birthday. Spoiler warning: if you haven’t been to Disneyland Paris before and want to experience its magical surprises firsthand, then perhaps you should read no more… We…

The Doctor Who Experience

Also known as That Time We Unknowingly Booked Tickets for the Saturday of the UEFA Champions League Final. The first weekend of June was a pretty good weekend.  One of my favourite bands, Madina Lake, announced they were doing a reunion tour, and would be visiting Cardiff.  Knowing it was…

Searching for Poldark: A Week on the Cornish Coast

I’m back! I’ve just returned from an amazing week spent in a quintessential little cottage in Cornwall.  I was hoping to have a week of writing (the end of editing my first draft is in sight), but we ended up with an action-packed seven days of trips instead, which let’s face it,…