It’s fair to say that the UK occasionally gets mixed reviews when it comes to what our country has to offer. Some would say that it’s full of rubbish, and the average person wouldn’t like to visit. However, those people haven’t really had a chance to see the true UK in all its glory.

Exploring the UKs finest areas

Because underneath the not so nice towns, there are beautiful landscapes, beaches, cobbled streets, and much more that our country has to offer. It’s one of the reasons why so many European and other tourists flock here each month, to see the types of scenery that they just wouldn’t be able to find in their own country.… Continue reading

Our travel plans for this year are slightly different. Having managed 14 trips away during 2017, we will be travelling far less this year due to one thing…. GCSEs. Holidays are on hold for the first 6 months of the year, but I have made up for our lack of travel with our summer holiday trip. This is how 2018 is shaping up so far.

Our travel plans for 2018

January

The husband and I managed to escape for a night to celebrate my birthday. We booked one of our favourite Premier Inns at The Trafford Centre for the bargain price of £29. We ate, shopped, drank gin, but sadly we were tucked up in bed before 10pm as hubby was suffering with the flu.… Continue reading

During half term Katie and I enjoyed a very special trip to London. We had been invited by Belvoir Fruit Farms to spend the day learning about elderflower, and baking with the lovely Lisa Faulkner. Now I must admit I had only tried elderflower a handful of times, but now it’s a firm favourite to accompany my gin and tonic. Honestly try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Belvoir Elderflower Cordial

Belvoir is a family owned and run business, and they have been producing elderflower cordials for over 30 years.  No doubt you would  have seen the distinctive design of the bottles in supermarkets, farm shops and restaurants. … Continue reading

I always feel a little bit sad at this time of year, saying goodbye to the summer holidays. It was my 10th summer holidays since the kids started school, and they are definitely getting easier. The 14 year old is pretty much self sufficient now.  Yes he has probably spent far too much time on his PlayStation, but at times he has left his cave to play football with his friends. Katie is happiest when she is outside playing, and at times I have felt a little bit redundant. Part of me feels sad that they don’t need me as much, but kids grow up and I know this is the next stage of parenting.… Continue reading

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Yesterday we went down to London for a day out with the kids. I booked the train tickets back in May (thanks to Virgin Trains sale) and paid £57.00 for the 4 of us return. This would be our third visit down to the capital, and my sons fourth visit as he went with school in April. The main reason we usually visit London is to go to the Merlin Attractions, thanks to our annual pass.

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Saturday morning was a VERY early start. We got up around 5.30am to ensure we were on the 7.00am train we had booked. Walking into the station I could not believe how busy it was !!… Continue reading