Who are Helen and Steven?

It’s Twelfth night today and as tradition dictates, time to take down the Christmas decorations. We had numerous Christmas cards and as we were gathering them for recycling we noticed one from Helen and Steven. A nice seasonal card, with snow, robins and a picture perfect cottage in the woods with roaring log fire. One […]

BMW, Mercedes or Porsche?

Ask someone about what is a really great German export and if they are ‘into cars’ they may well name one of the above…with apologies to Audi who I really should also have included on the list. But cars are not unique and any proud Italian will counter this and reel off the names Ferrari, […]

Just bee cause!

This might sound like a cryptic crossword clue but it’s not. Waiting at London’s Kings Cross Station station for a homebound train to Yorkshire earlier in week I decided to buy some lunch for the train journey. By chance I picked up a fruit drink sweetened with honey from a start up ethical company who […]

Tap here to help!

The city of Bristol in the south west corner of the UK has got a lot going for it. Lots of waterways and restored industrial buildings, elegant Georgian squares, and more rejuvenation of old buildings into new residences and places for leisure than you would ever think sustainable for what is only the UK’s 10th […]

Glass half full

The country singer Lee Ann Womack probably isn’t on any of my itunes playlists. However fate, a.k.a. music shuffle, determined that I would listen to her ‘signature’ hit “Dance” the other day. When I am travelling by air, I end up listening to a lot of my music that I have amassed in iTunes. The […]

When I became an Elf…..

I first visited Germany at age eleven. Like many eleven year olds I wasn’t really captivated by continental European culture, gastronomic delicacies or really much at all that was on the ‘must do’ list for a visitor…….. My idea back then of how to spend summer holidays was about being out on my bike or […]