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My favourite places: The Loire Valley

After losing our beloved Golden Retriever, Henry, just before Christmas, I wanted to write about somewhere we travelled with him. He enjoyed the Loire Valley as much as us, because it’s just so dog friendly – yet another reason to love this part of France. You’ve also got the wines, the landscapes, the chateaux, theContinue reading “My favourite places: The Loire Valley”


Escape to Burley – puddles, ponies and pigs.

It’s the end of lockdown (again) and we desperately need a change of scenery. But can we actually go on the New Forest trip we booked in long ago pre-covid times? Yes, we’re allowed to travel. Yes, the hotel is re-opening. The weather forecast isn’t great, but this is December in the UK after all.Continue reading “Escape to Burley – puddles, ponies and pigs.”

Salisbury loves Lizzie

Today I’m heading to Wiltshire, to the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury. Believed by many to be the loveliest town in Britain, it hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in September 2018, with the Novichok poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Are you sure it’s safe? asks the husband, proof that mud sticksContinue reading “Salisbury loves Lizzie”

A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 2

The Coastal Path is calling me. I love the romance of setting off on a long walk and not knowing what you’ll encounter along the way. As Bilbo Baggins said, it’s a dangerous business going out your door, you never know where you’ll be swept off to. But I doubt we’ll hit much danger today,Continue reading “A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 2”

A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 1

The Isle of Wight became a fashionable holiday destination back in the 19th century. Queen Victoria had happy memories of childhood breaks, so she built a home in East Cowes, Osborne House, and started to take her own family there. The travelling public followed – if it was good enough for Her Majesty… We’ve neverContinue reading “A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 1”

Heading South…as far as West Sussex

We’re on our way to the coast, doggy friends in tow. This wasn’t what we planned, but flexibility is key in 2020. First we booked Ibiza, then Crete, then Porto, I’d started to lose track. Last week our hotel closed due to COVID and our dog sitter went into isolation for two weeks. I acceptedContinue reading “Heading South…as far as West Sussex”

Battersea – giving dogs a home for 160 years

So today I’m back in the Big Smoke for a walk, lured by the promise of an Aperol Spritz with friends at the end of it. Go on, twist my arm then! I’m in Battersea, just 3 miles southwest of the City, on the banks of the Thames. Originally a fishing village, then an agriculturalContinue reading “Battersea – giving dogs a home for 160 years”

Come walk with me in the Midlands

I know, the excitement! I’ve actually driven to a completely different part of the country for today’s walk. A whole 100 miles from home, woohoo! Leicester would not usually spring to mind as an ideal location for a countryside wander. Personally I associate the city with textiles, curry, football and Walkers crisps. But I’m meetingContinue reading “Come walk with me in the Midlands”

Travels in my neighbourhood: The ancient woods of Burnham

It’s going to be tricky writing a travel blog when travel in or out of the country is banned right now. A chance to talk about what’s close at hand? You bet! This is my opportunity to show that I can still be a great travel blogger without going very far. In today’s blog, I’mContinue reading “Travels in my neighbourhood: The ancient woods of Burnham”

Need a reason to come home? Get a dog.

The worst part about a holiday is always coming home. Back in the day, Tony and I would drive home to Yorkshire from a sunshine-and-wine-drenched holiday in France, griping all the way. You could guarantee the sky would turn grey somewhere in the middle of the Channel. And why was it that French motorway serviceContinue reading “Need a reason to come home? Get a dog.”