Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum

After a drizzly few days and with the promise of sunshine, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum seemed like an ideal destination for an afternoon walk with its lovely mix of formal gardens and woodland (plus the all-important tea room). We easily spent 3 hours exploring, following the paths through the arboretum and snapping away with our cameras.

Over the Causeway

An eerie feel accompanied us as we crossed the causeway from the mainland to Holy Island on a grey and drizzly September morning. Once parked up and waterproof jackets on, we were ready to explore. We headed out to Lindisfarne Castle which is currently closed and undergoing extensive refurbishment. Somehow I think the scaffolding makes …

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Alnwick Castle

There are a good few castles to visit on a trip through Northumberland. We’ve previously visited Bamburgh Castle so this time we opted for Alnwick Castle. It holds some impressive celebrity claims to fame – having been used as a set for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. There are plenty of areas to explore around …

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Our Once in a Lifetime Experience

We were super lucky to be selected from the ballot to take part in the Queensferry Crossing Experience this weekend. For those who don’t know, Scotland has a lovely new bridge crossing the Firth of Forth, the Queensferry Crossing. Once it is fully open, it will be part of the motorway network with no access …

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Glencorse View

The Pentland Hills are almost on our doorstep and yet we rarely think to head over for a walk. However, I’ve recently spotted a few photos on Twitter showing just how lovely the heather is at the moment – a beautiful array of pinks and purples – so I thought it was time to see …

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København

We have not long returned from a very memorable trip to Copenhagen; what a city! We loved exploring by foot and metro. There is so much to see and do. I loved the mismatched and colourful architecture. It’s a city with style and is well-worth a visit. I’ve selected four of my favourite views from the …

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Nairobi Sights

I was very fortunate to be invited to participate in a series of transport workshops in Nairobi, Kenya. What a fantastic opportunity! This was my first visit to Kenya and I certainly enjoyed my time in this bustling, energetic and welcoming city. The hotel gardens were my first introduction to local fauna and flora. I was very …

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A nice outing for a new camera

I’ve recently invested in a new, small camera to take on my travels when my DSLR is simply impractical. Today was the first time I’ve taken it out for a test run – to get used to the new controls and see how it fares compared to the DSLR. Our destination: the Secret Herb Garden. …

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Wrapped up warm at Attingham Park

We really did need to be wrapped up warm for our walk today around Attingham Park – a National Trust mansion and parkland in Shrewsbury. However, the cold didn’t stop mom and me from getting our cameras out. We started off by walking passed the mansion where I liked the colour and composition of these picnic tables and the grey …

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