How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding traditions date back over one hundred years at the medieval hotel, The Spread Eagle in Midhurst, West Sussex. I recently spent a fabulous day there learning how to make the perfect Christmas pudding.

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 this ‘golden hour’ is around Pagham Harbour in West Sussex.

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...
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 mother asked me what I would like for my 50th birthday I knew straight away – afternoon tea at Amberley Castle, now an elegant hotel and restaurant.

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. As I...
South England, from Brokenhurst to Brighton

South England, from Brokenhurst to Brighton

For many years now I have dreamt of buying a restored VW camper van and touring England. Over the years I’ve been so busy visiting other countries that I have not made enough effort to get to know my own. One region that I do know fairly well though, is the area...
Snowed in!

Snowed in!

With Halloween and Bonfire Night having come and gone, autumn will soon be turning to winter. While I love the warm sunny weather of the summer there’s nothing as invigorating as a walk in the autumn sunshine when the air is crisp and clear or a walk in the...
The Lobster Pot

The Lobster Pot

Reputedly the best restaurant in Bognor Regis, I found it lived up to the hype. Excellent food, in a lovely beachside location and great service.

Freezing movement | Getting down and dirty with the ducks!

Freezing movement | Getting down and dirty with the ducks!

I took this shot while visiting Arundel’s Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre in West Sussex, England. There are many beautiful birds there to photograph but one of my favourite images from the day was of this mallard, a very common duck in England. I love how this...
A typical English fete with a twist

A typical English fete with a twist

Last summer I discovered the Weed and Wild Flower Festival in a little village in the Sussex countryside. A wonderful fantasy woodland had been recreated inside Bignor’s ancient church. I can’t imagine how long it took to build (or clear up!) but the...

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