Well I must have got to that certain age as I am now a fully paid up member of the National Trust and where better to make use of my membership than visiting a local stately home at Christmas. This year Hinton dressed the house to the theme of Aesop’s Fables. I haven’t read those stories for many years […]
A recent visit to London reminded just how pretty London is at Christmas and I pledge to visit again next December. I especially liked the classy understated Christmas wreaths and decorations around the Chelsea and Belgravia areas. Here are a few of my favourite photos.
Perhaps my most favourite thing about Haven Hall Boutique Hotel was the window seat where I could see the English Channel and Sandown and Lake twinkling in the distance, a window seat dressed with many luxurious cushions and heavenly to sit on. Yes Haven Hall Boutique Hotel a little piece of heaven on England’s Isle of […]
It’s that time of the year again when the lovely Isle of Wight calls us over for a coastal walk, this time we are staying at the exceptional Haven Hall Hotel in Shanklin and before checking in we enjoyed lunch at Vernon Cottage. We had time to explore and photograph this quaint tourist spot. If the cars were […]
I didn’t travel far for this post! …..in fact just to my nearest town (Gosport) where I visited the old part of the Municipal Cemetery, never been there before but I was quite taken by it. It’s overgrown, the gravestones are hard to read and some are subsiding. There are blackberry bushes, spider’s webs and […]
Reading might not be known for its art but here are a few of my ‘arty’ photos…this time just taken with my phone…..am I getting lazy by not taking my proper camera?…answers on a postcard please.
A rainy day in a new town and this time it was Reading, Berkshire. The museum beckoned and as entrance was free and a special Ladybird exhibition advertised it seemed too good to be true. Located in the Abbey Quarter close to the railway station and part of the red brick town hall the museum displayed […]
Reading……. birthplace of Kate Winslet recent subject of Who Do You Think You Are and birthplace of my grandfather……..no doubt because it was a railway town and his father was an engine driver the family had moved there for work. Despite the rain I managed to fill quite a few hours in this town. Walking […]
Mary Quant……synonymous with the sixties , with London and with that sharp hair cut. She of the mini dress and wet look macs. The exhibition was cleverly curated in a series of shop windows. A huge amount of exhibits and plenty of easy to read information boards. Writing was large enough for the middle aged ladies […]
June has to be England’s ‘best month’ for showcasing gardens at their best and Exbury did not disappoint. We chose the gardens and steam train combo ticket at just over £15 and waited for the first train to take us round a twenty minute loop which can not be otherwise walked. The guard hopped off […]