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A February Visit To Bodiam Castle
2024-02-24 10:06
We decided to visit Bodiam Castle on a bright February morning. I had incorrectly thought the castle is in Kent and could not figure out why it took us so long to drive there. Turns out Bo… Read More
Dazzled By The Canary Wharf Winter Lights
2024-01-27 10:02
We went up to Canary Wharf last Saturday night to see the famous Winter Lights Festival. It was such a fun night and we got to see most of the lights before the cold and sore legs sent us… Read More
A Rare Meteorological Phenomenon In Bergen
2024-01-20 10:55
"You may want to come to the terrace". I'd been sitting on a window seat in my hotel room in Bergen, enjoying the view over the snowy rooftops, when the message came through. We were taking… Read More
A Winter Break In Bergen, Norway
2024-01-13 13:55
We spent three days in Bergen just before Christmas and it was glorious. Before this trip, I held a somewhat irrational fear of visiting cold places at cold times. Now that I've seen the m… Read More
Walking With The Snowman At Knole Park
2023-11-24 14:02
The Snowman is one of the great loves of my life. I loved both The Snowman and Father Christmas books by Raymond Briggs and couldn't even try to estimate how many times I've seen The Snowman… Read More
Meeting The Fallow Deer At Knole Park
2023-09-09 08:13
I love deer. I don't remember seeing Bambi in a cinema when I was about 3 years old but my Mum loves telling the story of how I jumped up on my seat at a pivotal moment and shouted, "don't… Read More
A Year In The Life... 2022
2022-12-23 20:55
Seasons greetings everyone! I hope that you're having a peaceful time and enjoying the festive season. My family is a mix of faiths, none of them very observant, but my mum and my brother a… Read More
The Abandoned Town Of Tyneham, Dorset
2022-11-16 10:03
I love all things abandoned and derelict. When I visited my friend in Bournemouth in September, she asked if I was keen on visiting a little Dorset village that had been evacuated during Wo… Read More
A Sunday Morning In Corfe Castle
2022-11-02 10:16
I'm full of British wanderlust today. I just want to find a little village and explore, take photos and eat cake to my heart's content. It'll be a little while before I can do that, so I'm… Read More
A Day At The Bournemouth Air Festival
2022-10-19 09:01
I’d planned a trip to Bournemouth to see one of my oldest friends in September. When we arrived, she mentioned that the Bournemouth Air Festival was on that weekend – would I b… Read More
Hastings: The Beach, The Art And The Ducks
2022-10-05 09:00
It's cold, windy and definitely autumnal now but today's post harks back to the blue skies and sunshine of summer. These are my favourite photos from Hastings beach and the Follow That Duck… Read More
A Sunny Monday In Rye, East Sussex
2022-07-13 15:55
The best Mondays are the ones where you wake up without an alarm and make your way, at a leisurely pace, to somewhere new and exciting. My in-laws had arrived from a bitterly cold Johannesb… Read More
An Art Deco Walking Tour Of Whitechapel
2022-06-15 09:04
Way back in 2015, when I was still working in London, the company I was working for moved their offices from the Strand (near Charing Cross) to east London. I was excited to explore a new… Read More
Adventures In Leeds Castle In Spring
2022-03-05 10:55
I'm at the 'will it ever end' stage of winter which is why I tend to count the spring equinox as the official start of spring. While it is cold, wet and grey outside, I know that spring wil… Read More
The Art Of Banksy Exhibition, London
2022-01-15 19:31
One thing I've learned about the new world is that we spend an awful lot of time planning and looking forward to things through delays, false starts and eventual happenings. This was especi… Read More
A Perfect Spring Day In Whitstable
2021-04-27 06:46
Whitstable is one of my favourite towns on earth. I don't quite think I could ever live there (or afford to) but I do love visiting as often as I can. The last time I went, I expected it to… Read More
Exploring Tonbridge Castle And Surrounds
2021-03-19 19:27
Look at that beautiful blue sky! Barely a cloud in the sky and where there were clouds, they were cute, fluffy and simply idyllic. We've had horrible weather in Kent this week with heavy sh… Read More
Five Days In Lyme Regis
2021-03-14 08:11
It seems impossible now but there were five days in 2020 where life almost felt normal. We drove down to Lyme Regis in Dorset and stayed in a fisherman's hut by the seaside. It was one of t… Read More
A Spring Walk In Lullingstone
2021-03-06 13:20
Oh! Glorious spring! I’d been planning a socially distanced walk with my friend Amanda for several weeks but January and February were bitterly cold, with several instances of snow… Read More
A Day Trip To Hythe Bay Restaurant
2021-01-02 09:53
A year ago today, before the pandemic, we decided to do something different. We drove down to the Hythe Bay Restaurant on a very wet and windy day. I was disappointed to discover that not al… Read More
A Brunch At The Duck & Waffle, London
2020-02-27 18:57
It’s scandalous how often we take luke-warm reviews seriously without trying a place out for ourselves. Although, if I’m honest, my reason for never having visited the Duck &… Read More
An Afternoon In Chiddingstone, Kent
2020-02-11 16:41
I love Kent and tiny little Kentish villages. On a sunny, wintery, February day, we travelled down to the village of Chiddingstone, one of the best preserved Tudor villages in England and s… Read More
An Afternoon In Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
2020-01-01 09:59
This is one of my favourite photos of Bo-Kaap – the light reflecting on the pieces of cloth, the clouds falling over Table Mountain and the Bo-Kaap Museum in the middle ground. Bo… Read More
Farewell (for Now)
2016-12-28 20:39
Well, hello! I know, it's been six weeks without even the slightest peep from me. I am sorry, lovely readers but sadly I'm not here to say that I'm back. I've decided to take a year off from… Read More
Exploring Antoni Gaudí’s Palau Guëll
2016-11-13 10:32
I'm just going to take five photos, I thought to myself. I don't actually have to take a hundred photos of every place I visit, making it ever more difficult to choose a couple and write abo… Read More
A Night At The Opera: Tosca At The ENO
2016-11-09 11:31
My love for opera is quite new. I was always in love with the idea of opera, inspired by countless films in which the characters sat in the balcony at the opera and silently wept, but my fi… Read More
October: The Month That Was
2016-11-06 20:54
Well, it’s November. With two blinks of the eye this year will be over and there seems to be no chance of slowing it down. The good news, is that I’m really settling into this a… Read More
Alone With My Camera In Barcelona
2016-10-15 09:29
It was one of those conversations. I'm quite certain it began with the two of us communicating like adults but it had somehow become quite fraught. I began to backtrack. "Okay, Stephen, is t… Read More
The World Garden At Lullingstone Castle
2016-10-10 18:35
Have you ever encountered a story so big that you simply had no idea where to start? This is how I feel about The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle. I want to tell you everything and show… Read More
September: The Month That Was
2016-10-02 14:44
All of a sudden, the year is three-quarters of the way through. How did that happen? The predominant theme this month has been me denying that summer is over and trying to stretch it out as… Read More
24 Hours In Tankerton, Whitstable
2016-09-28 10:17
I love living in Kent and barely a week goes by that I’m not grateful for our decision to move here. Having said that, I also escape every opportunity I get and bank holiday weekends… Read More
Jacobean Splendour At Charlton House
2016-09-17 07:23
The Open House weekend in London is one weekend every September where buildings across the city are open to the public. It is a celebration of architecture and design and an opportunity to… Read More
August: The Month That Was
2016-09-04 09:53
This year is speeding away like a runaway horse which makes me especially glad that I’ve started this monthly series. It is difficult to rush through two thirds of the year and wonder… Read More
Walking Tankerton To Whitstable Harbour
2016-08-31 09:04
It is strange the things we dream about, things that are so easy to do but we simply never seem to get around to doing them. For the longest time, I dreamt about walking my dogs on the beac… Read More
Kentish Lavender: A Visit To Castle Farm
2016-08-18 20:42
There is something simply sublime about Kent in summer. Known as the Garden of England, the county comes alive in the warmest months of the year to put on an astounding display of colour. W… Read More
Anarch-Tea At W London Leicester Square
2016-08-12 18:10
It's no secret that I love afternoon tea but what you might not know about me is that I was a goth during my formative years. If you've suddenly conjured up an image of black hair, black eye… Read More
July: The Month That Was
2016-08-09 21:01
I have to admit, when I had the bright idea of doing a monthly real-life round up, I was hoping to be a little more diligent than recapping the month a third of the way into the next month… Read More
Inside The Iconic Millennium Mills
2016-07-30 08:42
I remember the first time I stepped into a derelict building. It was a house I had lived in during my final year in school and both the roof and floor had rotted away. Stephen’s insti… Read More
Must See: Power UP At The Science Museum
2016-07-23 09:48
I can remember the first time I ever saw a computer game. My mum has a Sinclair ZX80 which allowed us to play an infinitely frustrating game of tennis with controllers that could move up and… Read More
A Medieval Weekend At Lullingstone Castle
2016-07-16 09:51
I love Lullingstone and Eynsford. It was one of the very first areas of Kent that I ever explored and I’ve been back many times since. The minute I discovered that they were holding… Read More
June: The Month That Was
2016-07-07 19:53
Have you ever had one of those months where you get to the end and wonder what the heck was that? June was that month for me. It was crazy and cool and went by in a kind of blur. Still feel… Read More
Photo Essay: A Saturday In Brixton
2016-06-21 06:23
Sometimes there is no better place to be than wherever you are right now with camera in hand. I recently found myself in Brixton with some time to kill and decided to head off in the direc… Read More
Eating Out: Côte Brasserie, Norwich
2016-06-15 09:34
I like the Côte Brasserie, Norwich the minute I walk in the door; the sounds of piano notes and acid jazz float across the room and blend perfectly with the Art Deco décor. We'r… Read More
On The Street: A Sunday Morning In Norwich
2016-06-05 15:42
Note to self, I thought to myself as I prepared for our trip to Norwich, take photos with actual people in them. See, I’m notorious for taking photos without people in them and have h… Read More
Bologna: An Unexpected Place
2016-06-01 06:27
Trying to manage expectations when travelling can be similar to walking a tightrope and if you know how clumsy I am, you’ll know that I’m more often falling off the tightrope th… Read More
Retro Dining At Grosvenor Fish Bar, Norwich
2016-05-26 17:11
Looney Toony. The minute I saw that on the Grosvenor Fish Bar menu, I knew that I had to taste it. I turned to Stephen and said that whatever we did eat that day, it had to include a Looney… Read More
Walk With Me At Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
2016-05-22 10:21
"Weird", says Stephen and he's not entirely wrong. It is a little odd to be walking in the beautiful grounds of Norfolk's Felbrigg Hall, wearing headphones and carrying an iPad for navigat… Read More
Bringing Some Cheerz To Our New Home
2016-05-19 05:02
Doesn’t time fly? Tomorrow will mark eight weeks since we moved into our new house and it is already four weeks since I started at the new company. Life is good but it feels that I can… Read More
A Strange Day In Richmond
2016-05-14 09:51
Have you ever had a day where everything seemed to go wrong? Melissa and I had one of those days recently when we met up in Richmond for a walk and a session of afternoon tea. Our day st… Read More
Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition London
2016-04-23 14:00
It’s no secret that I love museums and the Science Museum, London is one of my favourite museums in the world. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve visited the museum but… Read More
Blog, Interrupted
2016-04-10 11:36
Good grief. How is it two months since I last wrote on this blog? I don't even know how that happened. In other times of unexpected interludes, I've been painfully aware of my blogging abs… Read More
2016-02-01 06:12
Today was one of those damp and rainy London days where you'd only leave your house if you had a very good reason to do so. Thankfully I had a very good reason indeed because today I did o… Read More
2016-01-17 21:41
With all the Christmas lights packed away and the magical shop windows returned to normal, January can be the most dull and grey of months. Until now. Some genius thought it would be a brill… Read More
2015-12-31 09:54
Gosh, can it really be the end of 2015? How on earth did that happen? 2015 was one of the toughest years of my life from a working perspective. There was the complete lack of a work/life ba… Read More
2015-12-22 13:24
If you’ve been in London long enough, you start to hear the same big brand names in coffee. But over the years a pocket of specialty brewers have come to the forefront of the London… Read More
2015-12-06 16:24
Remember when I visited Eltham Palace and told you that the gardens were so exquisite that they deserved a post of their own? Well, here is a bumper post full of photos of the gardens, mainl… Read More
2015-11-03 06:42
When I was on my recent holiday, it occurred to me that I don’t write often about my daily life in London or what is going on in my personal life. A million blog years ago, I used to p… Read More
2015-10-18 19:03
When my friend Sarah suggested we go for afternoon tea at the Secret Garden in Kent, I did not hesitate for a moment before saying yes. I thought that it sounded like such a magical, whims… Read More
2015-08-22 13:41
There is one aspect of exploration and photography that I don’t write about often and that is my interest in derelict and abandoned places. I follow a lot of urban explorers on Instagr… Read More
2015-08-02 11:54
The time has finally arrived. After much anticipation, my days of working in London have come to an end and I’ll no longer be commuting into the City on a daily basis. This is the co… Read More
2015-07-21 10:09
I think it is safe to say that I am a very bad blogger indeed. Emm in London turned seven this month and never before in all those years have I fallen off the radar in such a dramatic fash… Read More
2015-07-20 10:44
The Louvre – because where else would you spend a rainy Parisian day? It was a typical Parisian winter’s morning – cold, grey and very damp. Indeed, it was the type of day… Read More

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