Is this the worst hotel in the world?

I’ve stayed in some bad hotels over the years. There was the panic-inducing room in Vietnam that had bars up against the window and no smoke alarm. The hotel on the border of the Bolivian/Brazilian border in a town that was rife with dengue fever, but which offered no air con and no mozzie nets. I…

Walnuts anyone?

As you know, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the walnut harvest. That day has now come. Today I’ve been and gathered the windfall. From just two trees, I collected some 250 nuts. And I can see more, high up in the branches, just waiting for the opportune moment to fall. It’s taken me almost two hours to…

My fortnight in numbers

Destinations: 10 Miles travelled: 2,099 Planes: 2 Car/taxis: 17 Trains: 16 Steps walked: 116,000 Meetings attended: 11 Business cards collected: 47 Events chaired: 3 Speeches delivered: 1 Cheese sandwiches and cheap wine: too many to mention New nephews greeted: 1 very beautiful little boy! More on this fortnight of madness to follow, but for now –…

Waiting for Bertie

My beautiful, amazing sister and her hubby have created new life. Sebastian arrived on Thursday. We’re all thrilled! And I am so in love with that little bundle of joy. I am also a tad relieved that he arrived when he did. I’m currently back in the UK and was worried that he wouldn’t arrive in…