Tewkesbury Abbey

The Antiques Roadshow

We were fortunate enough to recently be given passes to the Antiques Roadshow.  We decided to attend the Tewskesbury show and we happened to pick a belter of a day!  This photo was taken at 8.30am and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. Continue reading

Peonies at Malvern Flower Show

Malvern Flower Show

Last weekend Gaz and I went to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival to buy flowers for the new house.  We wanted to buy some peony bushes for the front garden and a climbing rose to trail up the front of the house.   Continue reading

Eiffel Tower


I have recently returned from the dreamiest stay in Paris. My best friend, Grace, and I had secured tickets to see Dita Von Teese at the Crazy Horse and decided to make a long weekend of it over Easter.

We stayed at the oh-so-cute Hotel Paradis in the 10th Arrondissement.  It was a great location – the area appears a little rough around the edges but is filled with hidden gems.  It is a little like the Parisian version of Shoreditch. Continue reading

Beach Huts at Wells-next-the-Sea

A week in Norfolk

Rather than buy each other traditional Christmas presents, Gaz and I treat ourselves to a mini break each January.  It’s a great way to beat the winter blues.

We had been on a lot of city breaks so decided to head for somewhere a bit more relaxed this year.  I had heard great things about Norfolk – beautiful coastlines and a great food scene. Then I found Cartshed Cottages at Sharrington Hall at my mind was made up. Continue reading

Bali – Ubud (Part 2) Komaneka Tanggayuda

We decided to end our time in Ubud with a few nights in a boutique hotel. There are so many great hotels in Ubud to choose from, it was a tough decision.  Contenders included the Hanging Gardens (incredible pool but perhaps a bit remote), Uma by Como (definitely one for another time), the Royal Pita Maha and the Four Seasons. Eventually, after reading lots of reviews (and I mean a LOT), we decided on the Komaneka resorts.  There are four Komanekas in Ubud and we decided on Tanggayuda – mainly for its incredible infinity pool but also because of its location.  The hotel is set in a peaceful valley, overlooking rice fields and lush rainforest, but it was only a 10 minute drive to central Ubud should you wish to venture out (as it turns out, we didn’t!) Continue reading

Ubud (Part 1) – Villa Shamballa

After our time island hopping in Indonesia (more on that here and here), we headed to Ubud – Bali’s spiritual home made famous by Eat Pray Love.

We arrived at our villa and OH. MY. GOD.  I am not often lost for words but Villa Shamballa had me speechless. I mean, look at the view from that pool: Continue reading