This year for me seems to be all about the short break here in the UK. Long weekends and midweek stays on campsites and in hotels are a great way to explore your own country, the perfect way to get away and enjoy a holiday without being too expensive on time or money. One of

What I Expect from a Hotel Room

I don’t know about you, but when I book and stay in a hotel I have a set of minimum standards that I expect from my host. Naturally my requirements change depending on the amount I have had to pay for said hotel, and where in the world it might be, but even in the

How to Sleep Anywhere

One thing I have become pretty good at over the last few years is sleeping. Anywhere. I even managed a nap when I was waiting for my Gate to be called in Dalaman the other week. Turn the clock back a few years and I would struggle to sleep if I wasn’t at home in my own bed. I definitely

Rome: A Last Minute City Break

It turns out that there aren’t such things as last minute deals any more. Not in the way I remember, anyway. A few years back we walked into a Travel Agent a couple of weeks before we were due to go on holiday, told them our (teeny) budget and asked “where can we go”. We ended up

A Not-So-Good Night at Premier Inn MK

It’s 7.30am (well it’s not right now, but it was when I started to write this!) and I’m sat on my bed in the Premier Inn Milton Keynes Central discussing with LincsGeek about their “Good Night Guarantee”. We have not had a good sleep. Local residents or just some random blokes in a car or

My Bunnies Will Want a Bed!

I haven’t published a bunny-related post for a little while, which is very remiss of me! I actually tweeted the link to this video the other day but it is so adorable I had to share it again… [iframe src=”×295-zTBmxYtd.html” width=”580″ height=”320″] Can you imagine if Chocolate and Ginger were let loose in an Ibis

Seeing the Northern Lights

When we went to Ruka in Finland a couple of weeks ago we knew there was a chance that we might see the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the sky particularly in Arctic and Antarctic regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the thermosphere.

Valentine's Chocolates by Hotel Chocolat

What do you do to spoil your other half on St Valentine’s Day? Flowers? Just a card? Nothing?  Well that’s ok… we each have our own ways of doing things on what is supposed to be the most loved up day of the year don’t we? Whatever you think of the day itself, the tradition

Year in Photos (28 Dec 11) – Tiddly Penguin

My aunt and uncle got me these for Christmas. I have to say I was expecting something really quite tiny but actually they’re big. Very yummy Hotel Chocolat caramel chocolate. 28/12/11: Not as tiddly as the box suggests, but still yummy!

Year in Photos (29 Nov to 2 Dec 11) – Helsinki Trip

I went on a quick trip to Helsinki for work… as you do… here are my Year in Photos entries: 29/11/11: Table for one at the airport hotel 30/11/11: Beautiful sunset above the clouds as we were descending into Finland 01/12/11: They know how to do Christmas decorations in Finland… these massive baubles were awesome,

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath – Competition Winner

My Hotel Chocolate Christmas Wreath Competition has now closed, and anyone who commented on the post by 8pm yesterday has been put into the proverbial hat and the winner has been chosen… It seems the most coveted Hotel Chocolat item this Christmas are the Alternative Mince Pies… oh and of course the Ultimate Christmas Hamper (which

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath Competition

This competition has now closed. Any comments received before 8pm on 14th November have been included in the draw – the winner will be announced soon. That’s right – I’m giving away The Christmas Wreath by Hotel Chocolat – the subject of my latest review. “The crunch of caramelised hazelnuts and cookie pieces, with colourful