Forget Abergavenny… how to join the autumn food festival frenzy


September is no longer synonymous with back to school fever alone.

It’s become the month for the UK to go mad hosting local food festivals and events. Whereas years ago we’d have had summer county fairs with farmers showing off their prize cattle and competitions for best veg, nowadays a local food festival mostly [Read on...]

Pink Elephants on Parade and a trip to Whipsnade Zoo


On taking Ted to London Zoo back in 2010, I asked him before we went in which animal he was most excited to see.

“Elephants!” he replied. The animal he was most looking forward to see was elephants.

Imagine our disappointment when we realised there were no longer any elephants living at London Zoo.

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An a-maze-ing day at Hampton Court with Experience Days


Treating someone to a special day out can solve the problem, what to give someone rather than material “stuff”.Dare devil stuff like rally driving and paragliding is often associated with experience gifts however more every day activities such as beauty treatments and cookery classes are often offered too.

We were invited to try [Read on...]

Review: All Star Lanes Westfield Stratford City


Westfield Stratford City is dangerously close to home. I can be there door to door inside 15 minutes.

I have my own parking space outside Waitrose and am not far off from doing a Tom Hanks à la The Terminal and moving in.

With much delight, joined by a bunch [Read on...]

A forest of gold


Christmas may nearly be upon us but with the mild weather we’ve had until the past week, autumn is still very much in my head.

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