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…

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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….

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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…

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How to minimise stuff and maximise Christmas spirit

Christmas spirit is all about giving, but it isn’t all about the gifts. Christmas spirit is really all about hygge (it’s ok, I’m Scandinavian, I am licensed to use that word 😉 ). And hygge is about coming together and enjoying all the things that get you through the cold and dark Nordic winter. Think roaring fires, good books, candlelight, homemade…

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Sun and sea at Sandy Bay

One of the great things about being owned by a dog is that it gets you out and about. And the best thing about having a dog when you have no garden is that it gets you out and about several times a day – morning, noon and night. These days I get to see spectacular…

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Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day?

You probably know that tomorrow is Black Friday. But did you know that it is also Buy Nothing Day? Buy Nothing Day is a global holiday that represents a backlash to Black Friday and the rampant consumerism of the Western World. It was created by artist Ted Dave and promoted by Adbusters in Canada in 1992, and…

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Time to get a new planner!

My favourite time of year? Ok, it’s probably summer, but I love it when it’s time to get a new planner! My planner is my brain. It is my external hard drive, if you will. I can’t really function properly without it! People presume that because I’m surgically attached to my iPhone Plus, I use…

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