Morning walk along the River Otter

Last Monday morning, the sun was out and the tide was high – it was the perfect time for a morning walk along the River Otter. It was an unusually beautiful morning. The birds were singing, the flowers were blossoming, and the monkey was making a splash in the river. (If you can’t see the video above,…

Continue Reading

How to celebrate a double belated birthday

It is never too late to celebrate a belated birthday! My birthday was back in April, and I celebrated it with my family when they were here. They surprised me with a party and a meal out just after our Easter Eggstravaganza at Killerton! In the evening, my lovely friend Emily popped round with a beautiful…

Continue Reading

11 ways to help you chill out

Chill out! Easier said than done, isn’t it? I haven’t been getting much sleep lately. I fall asleep late and wake up early, it’s a catch-22 (which is a great book, by the way). My friend reckons Mercury retrograde is to blame. Let’s hope she’s right – in that case, it should all be over soon! Anyway,…

Continue Reading

Lazy evening in playlist

The weekend is very nearly here, and I have a lot of activities lined up – a bit too many, actually – and all I really fancy is a lazy evening in. My comfy chair, a blanket, my cuddlebug of a monkey, a good book, lit candles, a cup of tea or two and – obviously – chocolate!…

Continue Reading

English bluebells: the ethereal beauty of spring

The admiration of the first English bluebells of spring is the closest British equivalent of hanami in Japan and leaf peeping in the US. There is something so fragile and fleeting about their delicate flowers! The ethereal beauty of blue forest floors is virtually impossible to capture in images, but I really enjoy trying.

Continue Reading

Killerton Easter Eggstravaganza and Family Fun

Last Easter, I jetted off to Norway to surprise my mum and my twin nieces for their big birthday. (They share the same date.) This year, my family came to visit me. My nieces are real tight with the Norwegian Easter Bunny, who had been in touch with his English cousin on their behalf. Together, the bunnies had arranged no less than…

Continue Reading

Visiting Norway? 12 facts you need to know about Norwegians

Are you visiting Norway, the land of mountains, fjords, strange vowels and midnight sun? Here are a few things you should know about Norwegians before you get there… 1/ Norwegians are panoramically spoiled. I grew up there, but whenever I’m visiting Norway I am awestruck by the natural splendour of the place. I mean… The mountains. The fjords. The islands….

Continue Reading

Exeter Mini Break: How to have fun in your own city

Sometimes (like the times when you’ve been binge-watching the vowelicious Richard Ayoade in Travel Man on 4oD), you really, really feel like going on a mini break. Like really. However, mini breaks require dog sitters, taking time off work (a mini break is a 5-day trip, right?), confirming travel details and numerous other practicalities that…

Continue Reading