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    A Guide to a Weekend in Norwich

    December 19, 2017

    I was 9 when I was told that my best friend was moving away. Her name was Catherine and she’d arrived in my life two years before; a blonde haired ballerina from the Forest of Dean. We’d immediately become friends, spending two years living our best lives together. We’d built an entire network of woodland dens; one of which became the permanent residence of a local homeless man. We’d campaigned successfully to get a ‘Ducks Crossing’ sign erected on the…

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  • Anna Maria Island, Florida

    Last Christmas, during that strange hiatus between Christmas and New Year, the BBC aired ‘The Real Marigold on Tour’. The series was based on the popular film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, that tells…

    December 6, 2017
  • A Trip to Dartmoor with Unique Home Stays

    It was the afternoon of Halloween; a watery sunlight forcing its way through grey clouds. Ahead of me lay miles of treeless moorland: waterlogged peat and rusty grassland disappearing into the mist. Just a…

    November 21, 2017
  • A Microadventure to Northumberland

    Watching the miniature, virtual car move steadily along the cracked screen of my aged SatNav, I began to feel restless. My legs squirmed amongst the camera cases and pile of coats that Laura had…

    November 4, 2017
  • A Guide to Saint Lucia

    Humidity has a way of slowing things down: a sticky quicksand that clings to your skin and drags at your limbs. Step off a plane, and the air can feel less like a new…

    September 24, 2017
  • Exploring the Kentish Coast: Margate & beyond

    ‘You’re going where?’ Mum asked, interrupting my attempts to update her on my whereabouts over the coming month. Mildly annoyed that she had disrupted my finely-tuned recital – complete with flight numbers and departure…

    August 22, 2017
  • East Sussex Adventures: Dungeness

    It was only by chance that I noticed the little sign. Pinned carefully to a towering phone mast, it was flapping wildly in the wind; the laminated plastic rattling loudly. Holding it still, I…

    August 16, 2017
  • Searching for our Twin Town: Part 2 – Lille

    Mouvaux – a small town in Northern France – was now family. Underneath the warm glow of a pink nylon umbrella, we had finally met: an event fifteen years in the making. Despite imagining…

    August 7, 2017
  • A country escape to Stapleford Park

    A few weeks ago, I had to undergo the emotional ordeal of waving goodbye to my rather tatty looking, stamped filled passport. I’d been putting off renewing it for several months but fate had…

    August 2, 2017
  • Welcoming Hope to London

    The Sunday family day out was a Jopson obligation. Not ones for lazy sofa days, our family would rise as the dawn broke, before being piled into the trusty ‘people carrier’ and carted off…

    July 26, 2017