Two sets of friends visiting over the Easter holidays gave us the excuse to take some time off, and to pack the weekend full of activities. Over four days we managed to cram in a dinner party for 10 people, the 15km walk to Champagne Fontaine, three meals out, stand-up paddle boarding (more on this … More Local walks: Bors-de-Montmoreau
If one is to go on a walk, there should be a purpose to that walk. It might be to get a different destination, to see a particular attraction, or to test ones fitness, but there should always be a goal. One of my favourite reasons for going for a walk is to blow away … More Local walks: DeeDee’s in Champagne Fontaine
Hands up if every January, “lose weight and get fit” are among your new year resolutions but come February you’ve lost nothing but the motivation. Yup, me too. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, I don’t seem to be able to lose weight. For example, three weeks in India at the start of … More Too fat to run? Not me!
Today has been a good day. A successful day in the garden with Dennis yesterday, mowing the lawn and clearing the leaves, inspired me to tackle the island this morning. It hasn’t had much love over the winter months and as a consequence the ground had developed a thick carpet of broken branches, dead leaves and old conkers. … More Spending the day on our island
They say that India is an assault on the senses. I would have to agree. From the noise to the heat to the smells of spices, blocked drains and litter, to the colour and chaos of the towns, shops and people, it both excites and exhausts at the same time. Having learnt our lesson from … More Incredible India
It has been almost 4 months since my last post. I have not neglected this blog intentionally. Not at all. There have been many a night when trying to get to sleep when what to write next has been one of the zillion things whirring around my brain. No, the lack of posts is merely … More Blimey, the end of 2016 was busy!
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 … More Is this the worst hotel in the world?
I am shivering as I type. Our house is but a converted barn with no heating, and while the stone walls kept life very cool during the blistering hot summer days, now the weather has turned things are not so pleasant. I have on four layers of clothing, including a hoodie and cardigan, and am … More Coping with the cold, being too busy and getting emotional over babies
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 – … More My fortnight in numbers
Do you look at the European refugee crisis and wonder what the hell? Do you ever feel like you’d like to do something to help, but don’t know how? I am a trustee of a wonderful charity called the Flying Seagull Project – a bunch of clowns, circus performers and kids entertainers who travel the … More The Flying Seagull Project’s big bold trip