How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

As I stir the Christmas pudding mix, I make a wish, as do each of us in turn. We are gathered in the stunning Jacobean Hall of a former medieval coaching inn now a luxury hotel, The Spread Eagle in Midhurst, West Sussex. It’s the Sunday before Advent Sunday and...
Make it a Red Letter Day with an experience gift this Christmas

Make it a Red Letter Day with an experience gift this Christmas

As I lie on my back looking up at the sky, a golden oak leaf dances above me whipped up by the wind. The burnished gold of the trees looks glorious set against the blue sky, with just a few fluffy white clouds floating by. A couple behind the trees at the edge of the...
Autumn walks around Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

Autumn walks around Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

Each autumn across the English countryside, there’s a soft light that’s particularly lovely early in the morning or late in the afternoon, casting long shadows and an ethereal glow across the landscape. One of my favourite places to enjoy autumn walks in...
Keep discovering – 15 exotic places to visit in the UK

Keep discovering – 15 exotic places to visit in the UK

This summer I‘ve taken a break from travelling overseas to spend more time with my family and friends. I’m also using the opportunity to explore local places, which I’m excited to share with you  – my 15 favourite exotic locations...
Park House Hotel and Spa, a well kept Sussex secret

Park House Hotel and Spa, a well kept Sussex secret

With a view of the rolling South Downs, Park House Hotel is a fabulous family-run Edwardian country house hotel from the Best Loved Hotels collection. Despite living just a half hour drive away all my life, I never knew it existed. Even the name of the village it is...
Flash, Bang, Wallop, Half a Sixpence Transfers to the West End

Flash, Bang, Wallop, Half a Sixpence Transfers to the West End

As the first few notes of the banjo rang out across the auditorium, a grin began to spread across face. My mum leant over and whispered, “I already know I’m going to love it!”, mirroring my own thoughts precisely. Over the next few hours I sat...
Amberley Castle, the best afternoon tea in Sussex

Amberley Castle, the best afternoon tea in Sussex

Walking down a country lane,  I turn a corner and catch my first sight of the 12th century, Amberley Castle, in the South Downs National Park in the south of England. I have lived all my life just 15 miles away yet had never visited before. When my...
Zest for Taste! A fantastic foodie find in Chichester

Zest for Taste! A fantastic foodie find in Chichester

Zest for Taste is a wonderful shop, I stumbled upon quite by chance, in the lovely cathedral town of Chichester. When I noticed the large amphores full of oils and vinegars through the shop window catching the sunlight, I couldn’t resist a peek inside....

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