Stratford upon Avon canal walk – photoblog

Starting from the Red Lion in the centre of the town the Stratford canal heads north towards Wilmcote and eventually Birmingham…..it makes for a very pleasant stroll with a wide footpath and plenty of ‘lock action’. Tumbling may bushes drop into the canal and loose petals blow across the water at this time of the year. Early […]

Cartes Postales by Victoria Hyslop

What could be better than reading a book that inspires you to travel when you are already a  wanderluster….? I did just that recently when in Casa Heliconia, Sri Lanka. It had been some years since I had read Victoria Hyslop’s The Island so kicking my heels and awaiting the airline to deliver my Lost Luggage I was […]

The Parks of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Two centuries ago Lord Armstrong gifted vast areas of parkland to the city of Newcastle, this meant that the ordinary folk who grafted long and hard in the newly industrialising north east England could shake off the grime for just a few hours on a Sunday…..and now city dwellers and tourists can do just the […]

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 […]