Hardwick Hall ~ A memorable place created by an formidable lady

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This is my review bit Whenever we are in Derbyshire, notably for the Chatsworth Horse Trials, or to visit some friends who live in this great part of the world, we always try and make sure a visit to Hardwick Hall is on our itinerary. National Trust membership (or being married to someone who works for the Trust 😊 ) provides free entry to Hardwick Hall and all its wonders, including the Old Hall even though is now under the care of English Heritage. We always enjoy our visits to Hardwick as there are so many things to see, and […]

Another trip to Sydney would be a great idea

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Sydney Slideshow (just click on the white play button, and then maximise the screen) Having reviewed the many photographs taken during our recent trip it comes as no great surprise that there is a keenness to return some day. In the meantime there is conciliation in looking through the many images and reminiscing. To make the task easier I’ve put together a slideshow of a few favourite shots. Rather than making the slideshow to cumbersome it seemed a good idea to divide the images, and so a visit to the New South Wales Art Gallery is recorded in one show […]

Our first visit to Australia ~ and it won’t be our last

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Our 2018 odyssey to the Southern Hemisphere was a long awaited and eagerly anticipated trip to New Zealand, with a first port-of-call being Sydney Australia. There will be many blog posts and associated photograph galleries relating to our tour of New Zealand, but Sydney deserves a post or two of its own, as our visit proved to be a fabulous way to start our Antipodean adventure. It also confirmed that we need to see more of Australia and will be planning to be back for more. On a purely practical note a few days in Sydney was the ideal way […]

Friendly greetings and a fabulous image-filled trip to New Zealand

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Readers of my blogs or visitors to this website might have been wondering why there had been no activity from me recently. I hadn’t fallen of the earth, I’d just travelled to the other side of it for a fabulous trip taking in a stay in Sydney, Australia and then a tour of the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The cameras were active as there was so much to see, and do, and record. So I’ve got lots of photographs and now begins the job of reviewing and selecting images for a New Zealand gallery. The Country is […]

Are you a lover of Gin?

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It will not have escaped your notice that there is an increasing fascination and an expanding popularity for Gin. Once upon a time it may have been considered the drink of choice for middle-aged, Jaguar- driving golfers, but now it’s the drink of choice for many people in fashionable bars, pubs and clubs, there is a growing range of producers and distillers, and an ever-increasing selection of enticing bottles on the shelves of shops and supermarkets. I can recall (and it’s not THAT long ago) when my mother’s drink of choice was a Gin & Tonic and it was invariably […]

So here it is, the start of another year !

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We are looking forward to a number of adventures during 2018, with a number of excursions and activities already in the planning pipeline. One of the excursions is another trip to Italy, although this year we are going slightly earlier in the year than our usual late August & September trip. This year we will be going in time to enjoy Jane’s birthday in Tuscany, rather than my own. It seems that the affinity with Italy, and notably its food and drink, started promptly this year, as the following images from our kitchen on New Year’s Day will testify. Breakfast […]

Here’s to an uncomplicated and peaceful 2018

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Life seems to have whizzed by once more This year even quicker than those before. A year not unlike others with troughs and peaks A few sad days but fortunately many happy weeks. Once more we intend to make the most of what we’ve got Enjoying adventures before we lose the plot Amongst many excursions for Jane and Terry This year, New Zealand is on the itinerary Interest on investments is difficult to accrue It’s an uncertain future as GB leaves the EU But we’ll keep spending and put on a brave face And we’ll keep doing the lottery, just […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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As many of my blog readers will have noticed, I am partial to composing a verse or two. I find it an enjoyable way of sending a message or sharing some information in a more humorous and compelling way. Many people add a note or two inside their Christmas cards, letting you know about events that might have happened since the last communication. For some this is a quick update and for others it can be quite a Newsletter. I would often do the same, and a few years ago I started putting the news into the form of verse. […]

Travel ~ is it just movement between places to refuel?

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Travel It has become increasingly clear to me What we’re doing when we move from A to B. Experience shows that, as a general rule Travel is merely movement between places to refuel. This is particularly the case when on vacation When movement punctuates places of libation. A day starts with breakfast and talk of an itinerary. Outings inevitably interposed with something culinary No matter how the day progresses, or travel plans evolve We all know what the journeys ultimately involve After breakfast, the trip will include a place for cake and coffee Then somewhere for lunch before its time […]