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    Alice does Afternoon Tea

    ‘The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!” I spotted this quote, from the famously harassed White Rabbit from Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, just the other day. It seemed to sum up life at…

    May 4, 2016
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    Glamping Under the Stars

    Dimpsey: Noun (Cornwall, Devon & the West Country) the time in the evening just before dusk. Hidden down a narrow lane in Somerset you will find a gravel track leading to a farm, which…

    April 30, 2016
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    The Pool House, Wester Ross

    Remember when booking a ‘luxury’ hotel meant staying at the likes of the Hilton or Marriott? Hotels where you could predict the colour scheme, the breakfast and the layout of each eerily identical room.…

    April 12, 2016
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    The Highlands

    As we drove our small, red Fiat 500 out of Inverness airport, the rain began to fall. At first it was a light shower; falling gently against the windscreen. But as we headed north,…

    April 11, 2016
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    Afternoon Tea with a Twist at The Chesterfield

    Being British, we’ve had more than our fair share of afternoon teas. Hot scones, sticky jam, clotted cream, delicate finger sandwiches and medleys of mini cakes, have long-played a familiar role in our Sunday…

    March 26, 2016
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    Flowers for Mother’s Day

    Did you know that you can kill a plant by giving it too much love? No, I didn’t either, until I found my once juicy green pots of succulents, wilted, black and swollen one…

    March 9, 2016
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    The Little Charcuterie: Cornwall

    It is easy to forget how small the UK is. A miniature country, our little island would fit inside the United States over 38 times and into Russia an incredible 69 times. It’s so…

    March 8, 2016
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    The Grazing Goat: a Sunday Getaway

    For me, a Sunday afternoon can often be ruined by the creeping sensation of Monday morning drawing closer. Around 5pm, time seems to creep over an invisible line where, abruptly, the weekend is over and I’m…

    March 3, 2016
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    Eynsham Hall: ladies of the manor

    Watching the minutes tick slowly by at my desk on a rainy Friday afternoon, I was getting impatient. Usually my Friday evenings consist of getting home and being in my pyjamas by 5.30pm, but…

    February 21, 2016
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    Valentine’s Day at The Orange

    Winter took us by surprise this Valentine’s Day. Hurrying down the side streets of South London, the wind made our ears ache and eyes water. It was the sort of cold that we all…

    February 15, 2016
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    Durdle Door: Dorset

    Staring at my cat neurotically tapping a crumpled chocolate wrapper across the living room floor, as the rain hammered against the window and an obscure film murmered on in the background, I felt slight despair. For…

    January 8, 2016