An amble round Hamble

I came across a book Hampshire and the New Forest Teashop Walks that I hadn’t dipped into for a long time. We chose the Hamble walk as it offered both river and sea and with last Saturday being sunny we took full advantage. We parked in the square followed our noses to the river and […]

Jewel of a Gin: Ruby Tiger Gin

My travels take me places far and wide but Christmas is home for me and time to taste a new gin. For me  Ruby Tiger Gin is a jewel of a gin;  fresh from the Tiger Gin stable and ready for a red Christmas is the luscious Ruby Tiger Gin! I could definitely taste a hint of strawberry […]

Kew Gardens London- photoblog

Kew is on the south bank of the Thames and west of central London, definitely worth a visit if visiting the capital. Full price ticket of £16 could give you most of a day’s entertainment especially if the weather is good. Combine a visit with a Thames path walk and watch the cricket on the green whilst […]

Ryde to Seagrove Bay walk -photoblog

Great coastal path walk from bustling Ryde to the more genteel neck of the woods which is Seaview and Seagrove Bay. Most of the time we were in sight of the Solent, the forts and Spinnaker Tower although the path takes you inland momentarily where the coast is unsafe to scramble along. Arriving on the […]

Taking a G and Tea at Bealim House, Newcastle

Even the name … Bealim House seems exotic but a gin in a teapot…….now there’s a thing! It’s afternoon tea with a difference! Tiny sandwiches, miniature cakes, the requisite scones and jam served with Newcastle gin in a teapot and a tonic of choice. As a gin aficionado I can say this is the veritable gin icing […]

The Gin Palace at The Continental in Newcastle

One of the friendliest bar staff that I met in my recent stay in Newcastle was serving at The Gin Palace at The Continental, not only that but the gin cocktails were very reasonable at two for a tenner and the surroundings very sophisticated. Originally a bank the entrance is rather grand and first sight is the long […]

Marlish Tonic Water

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a gin girl….and I liked gin way before it became trendy to like it. Whilst travelling in the north east I was introduced to Marlish a naturally sweet tonic water by the front man at Six the roof top restaurant and bar at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Quayside Gateshead. […]

Quayside Gateshead

Old and new is the theme of the Quayside at Gateshead. Crossing over the fab winking eye that is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge from the Newcastle side of the Tyne you find yourself immediately at the foot of the Baltic Contemporary Art Centre which was once a flour mill. Just as it reads on the tin this […]

English Lavender in Hampshire.

There’s nothing quite as quintessentially English as the smell of lavender,  and for two weekends in July you too can close your eyes and breathe in that lovely relaxing aroma if you visit The Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm in Alton, Hampshire. You can in fact visit the site to buy plants from June until September […]