Seaside

A Walk to Watersmeet House for a Cream Tea

July 9, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

Watersmeet House When we are in Devon we love combining a walk with an afternoon tea.  One of the prettiest locations we’ve found for a cream tea is Watersmeet House near Lynmouth.  Watersmeet House and the surrounding area is managed by the National Trust. The dramatic River Gorge and stunning scenery have attracted some of the great romantic poets over the years.  Southey, along with Coleridge, Wordsworth and Shelley were enchanted by Lynmouth and its surrounding area, comparing Watersmeet withRead More

Curry on Barricane Beach

Curry on Barricane Beach Woolacombe

July 2, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

We love visiting North Devon and stay in Croyde Bay every year.  I’d heard lots of excellent reports about the Curry on Barricane beach but hadn’t quite managed to get there.  However, on our latest visit we managed to squeeze in a visit to try it out. You can find Barricane Beach as you head out of Woolacombe towards Mortehoe. Woolacombe Woolacombe is just around the corner from Croyde bay and lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point (Croyde Bay). Read More

Pollensa

Port de Pollensa Mallorca

June 11, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

Port de pollensa Our first trip to Majorca was only a couple of years ago.  We wanted to go somewhere fairly near for some sun, sea and sand so decided on a trip to Port de Pollensa. Port de Pollensa is situated in the North of the Island and was once a small fishing village but is now a thriving holiday resort. We weren’t sure what to expect as we’d never visited the island before.  When we go on holidayRead More

Nice

5 things to do in Nice Cote D’Azur

May 28, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

Nice, Cote D’Azur I fell in love with the South of France a long time ago and we’ve visited many times.  One of my favourite places has to be Nice  and it’s so easy to reach from the UK only being a 2 hour flight from London. Nice is the capital of the Côte d’Azur or French Riviera, as it’s known in English. Nice curves itself around the Bay of Angels. I’ve always had this romantic notion of the FrenchRead More

Rock Pooling

Rock Pooling, National Trust 50 things to do

May 18, 2018 Family, Kids Travel

National Trust 50 Things to do Before you’re 11 3/4 We’ve had a National Trust family membership for years. It’s great fun going out for the day exploring, and with an annual family membership we can take up to 10 children.  We only have 3 Grandchildren, I can’t imagine taking 10 for a day out! The National Trust has updated its list of 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ and revealed the best places to do them. Read More

Le Touqet

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

May 14, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

Getting to Le Touquet We took our car over on the Eurotunnel and it takes less than an hour top drive from Calais to Le Touquet, or to give it it’s full name Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, making it an easy get away for a long weekend. If you didn’t want to take the car then you could always catch a train.  The train stops at Etaples Le Touquet, with trains going from either Calais, Lille Flandres or Paris Gare Du Nord. YouRead More

sicily

South Eastern Sicily

April 30, 2018 Travel

Sicily I’ve always loved mainland Italy but had never visited Sicily.  We decided to visit the South of Sicily rather than the more touristy North of the Island.  The south-eastern tip is famed for it’s wonderfully secluded beaches and amazing baroque architecture and ancient Greek ruins. We flew into Catania and hired a car to drive to our hotel which was close to Noto.  The drive from Catania to Noto took around 1.5 hours.  Driving in any part of ItalyRead More

Lyme Regis TMG

A Weekend in Lyme Regis

March 14, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

Lyme Regis for the Weekend Mr J loves cooking, and he’s really interested in smoking and curing his own meats so for his birthday last year I bought him a one-day Meat Curing and Smoking course at River Cottage in Dorset. The course was on a Saturday in late February, so we decided to make a weekend of it and drive down to Lyme Regis, which is only 15 minutes from River Cottage, on the Friday evening. Lyme Regis isRead More

Sanary sur Mer

Winter Weekend in the South of France

February 13, 2018 Travel

Why we love the south of france for a long weekend Winter in England always seems so long. After the full on hectic Summer of holidays and festivals Mr J and I like to get away for at least one long weekend in Europe to catch the last of the Summer sunshine and wind down before the Christmas festive season. Last October we went back to the South of France for a long weekend and stayed in one of ourRead More

Making childhood memories – Our annual family trip to Croyde North Devon

February 2, 2018 Family, Travel

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of seaside family holidays in the UK, rock pooling with long handled nets, crabbing, buckets and spades for building sand castles, sticky rock and picnics on the beach, even with sand in my sandwiches.  But my most endearing memory is from the time we rented a brightly coloured beach hut, which was basically a painted shed with some chairs and a kettle; but in my mind, it was like a palace on theRead More

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