We headed down to Surrey for a family wedding, and as I don’t like to leave an area without seeing at least something of where we were staying, I googled “things to do near Cobham”. Painshill Park, and more specifically the Crystal Grotto, came up in every search I did, and so we headed there


Earlier this month LincsGeek and I headed on our annual motorcycle trip with our two friends Paul and Rick. This year we decided to head up to Scotland, via Northumberland on the way up and Carlisle on the way back. We love Scotland and have had the pleasure of holidaying and touring in various parts

{ Sunday Soliloquy } The Solar Eclipse

[ so·lil·o·quy – the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Did you see it? What a sight! I was very lucky to be stood in one of the few places with no cloud and so had a fantastic view of the moon passing across the sun and creating

Sea Views for the Soul

I do like a nice sea view. When my grandad was alive (it’s still very raw saying that, I do miss him) he would take us for a drive to see the sea – to check it was still there. It’s something that’s stuck; I can’t go too many days without seeing the sea. I’ve

The Graham Homes Memorial Ride

The Graham Homes Memorial Ride will be 2,000+ miles of Great British roads over a week at the end of May 2013, raising money for two cancer charities. It will be our biking tribute to Graham, my father in law, recreating something of our John O’Groats to Land’s End trip in 2009, while hopefully making

Fan in a Van

Remember THIS POST where I spoke about being too old and too sensible for the adventure that was becoming Visit England’s “Fan in a Van”? It turns out I was wrong. Yes, I know! Visit England weren’t looking for a student. They chose a 30-year-old who has put her life on hold to take part

Too Old and Sensible for Adventure

Life is all about the journey.  But sometimes everyday life gets in the way of taking a specific path, however awesome it might sound. I’m talking about the Visit England campaign to find someone to tour the country (all expenses paid) and blog/tweet/photograph/video it for 12 weeks this summer.  The lucky traveller will get to

The Sea is Still There

I’m not sure when or how it started, but I remember that when my Grandparents lived in Budleigh Salterton, a gorgeous little village in Devon, that we would often take a drive to the seafront simply “to see if the sea was still there“. It’s something that has stuck with me. Even before then I

White Rabbit England Rabbit Lamp

How totally gorgeous and cute is this lamp? I saw it on The Ana Mum Diary a week or so ago and commented that I thought it was gorgeous, and White Rabbit England asked me if I’d like to review one. So here it is. And I love it even more in real life. It’s

The Royal Wedding

It’s stuff made of fairy tales – like Disney himself orchestrated the day. The big day for William and Kate was finally here. And the world watched as they made their way to church, made their vows, exchanged rings (well one anyway) and became Man and Wife. Awwwwwww I hear you say in unison. I

Year in Photos (29 Sep 2010)

Last night I went along to a Badminton Exhibition Match at the University of Lincoln Sports Centre – I blogged about it a few weeks ago here. We watched Donna Kellogg and other England players in a fast paced mixed doubles match, followed by a mens singles match which was even faster. It was a good

Play the Game

I thought I would quickly post about a Badminton Exhibition Match that’s taking place in Lincoln in September in case any Splodz Blogz readers are interested. Donna Kellogg, Alex Langley, Ben Stawski and Gary Fox will be playing a match at the University of Lincoln Sports Centre from 7pm on Wednesday 29th September. See the