Travel Inspiration

A trip to Barnes village by the Thames

May 26, 2017

This is dreamy London at it’s best!  Postcard pretty even on dreary February days.  A proper little village atmosphere attracting the wealthy set and upwardly mobile and savvy young families to live (it has the top area state school here which means free great schooling until 11). On a soggy day, an army of hunter wellies are out in force as families brave those few drops of rain to head down to the pond; the centrepiece of the village…

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Kew Gardens London – Orchid Festival

April 4, 2017

It’s a must to experience this famous botanical garden housed in the South West corner of London.  I am blessed to live close by but others can easily reach the gardens via tube.  I’ve recently become a friend of Kew which allows access before anyone else in the summer and plenty of other perks.  I recently experienced the tree top walk in the gardens and look forward to all the summer evening concerts. The recent 22nd annual Orchid…

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Daylesford Organic Farm & Spa, Cotswolds

February 10, 2017

What began as a simple passion for food has grown into one of the UK’s most sustainable organic farms.  All food comes straight from the farm and anything that can’t be produced here is sourced from local artisan suppliers.  Daylesford Organic Farm on the Oxfordshire/Cotswold borders is an experience never to be missed……. Combining nature, style, organic food and well-being, you can sleep, eat, shop and spa here….  All just 90 minutes away from London nestled…

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Photographing winter flowers in Hampton Court Palace

January 12, 2017

  I’m passionate about photographing flowers.  The images here were photographed on an extremely cold and frosty day in December en route to ice skating at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink.  Inspiration comes in many floral forms from the stunning Georgia O’keefe paintings (recently showing at the Tate Modern) and Johanna Neurath’s images of  the Columbia Road flower market to Isabel Bannerman’s beautiful flower photography.   It’s a joy to follow the artistic floral creations of…

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Ice skating at The National History Museum in Kensington

January 4, 2017

The introduction of ice skating rinks and European xmas markets have transformed England’s wintery experience.  Instead of only dreaming about a trip to an Austrian xmas market or ice skating around an iced over lake in Norway we can now fulfil at least part of that dream here.  In London rinks such as Somerset House, The Natural History Museum (below) and Hampton Court Palace make for an hour or two of brisk exercise followed by a well deserved gluhwein…

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Sparkle & Joy – Christmas shopping in London

December 16, 2016

Sparkly, joyful and frenetic London at Xmas.  Frosty weather adds to the Christmas buzz as the masses rush around in big colourful scarves and matching hats.   The exit out of the tube at Oxford Circus overwhelms with twinkly lights all around and festive music.  London’s west end has put it’s party dress on again and doesn’t she look great! First stop are the stunning Liberty store windows with a Nutcraker ballet theme; then a dash towards Bond…

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Autumn walk around Kensington Palace as they prepare for Xmas

November 23, 2016 Kensington Gardens

  London has eight amazing Royal Parks.  My choice on a cold, crisp, sunny autumn day was Kensington Palace in Kensington Gardens; very close to where I first lived and worked in London.  This Palace is always enchanting and they are currently preparing for some super events starting with decorating the palace for The Victorian Christmas exhibition (Queen Victoria’s childhood home)  You will find lantern-making, tasty talks and carols tailored for tiny explorers, families and anyone else who…

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A late summer stay at The Pig hotel – near Bath

November 1, 2016 Pig Hotel Bath

If I need a cozy foodie stay away in England that is realistically priced, I think about one of The Pig hotels.  Tucked away in The Mendip Hills seven miles from glorious Bath, this Pig is a perfectly restored pale golden Georgian house. Surrounded by a magnificent kitchen garden, smoke house, chicken pen and wildflower meadow with a neighbouring 80 strong herd of deer, the Pig team create a ‘no fuss’ warmth that is utterly charming.  The Pig Hotels present…

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South Kensington walk and a sweet French surprise!

October 3, 2016 South Kensington

As late summer fades it’s time for a stroll around a glamorous and French pocket of London.  I’m always drawn to anything French.   I lived there for a while and wrote about my experiences – mydreamyprovence. One of the main reasons I come here regularly is because of two superb historical venues: The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Natural History Museum which are a short walk away.  They are a must and I will write soon about them…

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Love Liberty London store

September 19, 2016

With a heritage going back to 1875 when Arthur Liberty had a vision of an Eastern bazaar that would change the whole look of fashion and homewares in England, this iconic building which was built in 1924 stands proud in the heart of London’s west-end near Regent Street. Liberty prints, hand-made in England and originally styled on oriental fabrics have become recognised internationally as quintessentially British, exclusive and quirky. These iconic prints and fabrics have always been…

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Window shopping in an exquisite corner of Notting Hill

September 19, 2016

I never tire of a trip to Ledbury Road; this special gem of a shopping spot tucked between the famous Portobello Road and the hip Westbourne Grove with it’s quirky backstreets and pretty gardens.  If you have a few hours to spare or it’s part of a wider tour, this has the ‘exclusive club’ feel of the Notting Hill set.    Exclusive fashion brands such as Emma Hope, Matches, Joseph and Diane Von Furstenberg sit along side the Nicole…

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A little head space at Petersham Nurseries by the Thames

September 9, 2016

Across a meadow near the Thames and down a dreamy little path to the village of Petersham lies Petersham Nurseries………a well loved spot by locals and a celebrated find by all else. This exquisite nursery is dressed up beautifully according to the season to charm and delight even the most expert of gardeners. I love to roam around and plan my garden; occasionally buying the odd plant (it’s not the cheapest). The home area is stuffed full of…

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