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REVIEW: The Z Hotel Shoreditch

Having attended an evening event in London a few weeks ago I decided to stay overnight in London rather than travel back late to Wiltshire. I chose to stay at The Z Hotel in Shoreditch.    As with most good hotels in London, it's not a cheap stay. Most...

Backstage Tour of The Salisbury Playhouse

Last Friday, myself and several local bloggers were treated to a backstage tour of Salisbury Playhouse.   The tour included visiting the workshop (where they create the scenery and props), the wardrobe department, behind the stage, the technical box and of course...

Homewood Park Spa in Bath

Get pampered like a queen and relax for a day at Homewood Park Spa and Hotel. If you're after relaxing treatments, modern spa facilities and charming country hotel surroundings, head to Homewood Park Hotel and Spa near Bath.  Set in 10 acres of mature parklands...

Six Family Things To Do In Wiltshire This February Half Term

After my last post talking about the speed at which January has flown by it seems February half term is nearly upon us. Now don't panic! Before your mind goes blank and you can't think of anything to do other than the dreaded soft play, take a look at what...

Festive Lunch at The Bath Arms Longleat, Wiltshire

Set in the beautiful village of Horningsham, The Bath Arms is a feast for the eyes even before you even set through the door.  Surrounded by green fields, winding lanes and pretty thatch cottages this quintessential English pub beacons you in. Where you...

Festive Afternoon Tea at the Bishopstrow Hotel, Wiltshire

It appears this weekend saw the launch of the Christmas adverts. Yes, it's that festive time of year again. Now before you come out in a cold sweat and start thinking about your Christmas to do list I would like to suggest you take a moment to write...

Clanger and Picket Woods in Wiltshire

Clanger and Picket Woods today after a recommendation from a friend. Just me, the kids and our dog. The weather was perfect - sunny, warm and still. We parked the car and started exploring the wood.  A noisy band of clumping welly boots,...

Afternoon Tea at Wooley Grange Hotel, Wiltshire

Wooley Grange is a family hotel nestled in Wiltshire.  Despite being situated in a beautiful Jacobian Manor and bedecked with antique furnishings it is still a place where families can relax. Little feet and paws are welcomed throughout. As it's nearby we have...

Bill’s Salisbury Restaurant Review

My eldest daughter and I had a girls' day trip out to Salisbury last Saturday.  We needed some Mum and daughter time.  We shopped, chatted and had a good giggle. When we needed a spot of lunch Bill's restaurant turned out to be...

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. The Highlights.

Last Friday I journeyed into central London with my Mum to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.  We were there by 8am, keen and raring to go. Having visited last year I was ready with my flat shoes and a fully charged camera.  It was a warm dry...

A Frozen Place

The river is A frozen place Held still beneath The trees of lace.   The sky is low. The wind is gray. The radiator Purrs all day.   Excerpt from the poem 'January' by John Updike   -6c today.  Took a really quick drive around the lanes to take...

Slow New Year

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all the lovely words about my last post.  I enjoyed putting all the Christmas photographs together and getting back to the sort of blog post I used to do.  More reflective.  More like a journal....

Christmas Food Festival at Great Chalfield Manor 2014

Saturday 13th December. Cold and crisp. Fields were white and roads were slippery.  Great Chalfield Manor looked as impressive in the bright December sunshine as it did in the warmth of August.  It's only four months since I was last...

Food In Wiltshire – Neston Park Farm & Visit Wiltshire

Each time I walk into Neston Farm Shop and cafĂ©  it is with a feeling of gratitude that a place like this exists where I can take the children.  Situated on the outskirts of Atworth, Wiltshire it is a place where I know the food and drinks will be...

Melksham Food and Drink Festival, Wiltshire

A few weekends ago I was given the opportunity to champion the work of a local fruit and vegetable delivery business, Bodice of Holt.  They had a stall at The Melksham Food and Drink Festival.  I am a regular customer of theirs and work on their online...

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