Coffee Picking in Colombia

“There is only one way to ride these jeeps,” said my guide,” and that’s standing up!” How could I resist an offer like that- and so the journey to the coffee plantation commenced. It was a misty morning as I left Salento in the centre of Colombia’s coffee producing region. The jeep raced up and…

A Taste of Colombia

One of the best things about travelling to another country is the chance to taste the food and experience a whole new cuisine. Colombian food is superb and there are some great opportunities to try street food in particular. It was an early start to get to Paloquemau Market but even at 8am the market…

The Perfect Gin and Tonic

It was William of Orange who introduced gin to England when he came to the throne in 1688. Overnight the nation turned into a country of gin drinkers as it grew in popularity. In 1793 the Blackfriars Distillery started making gin for the Royal Navy. In those days gin was served for officers and was…

Baking for the Bazaar

I have experienced some scary things in my life but baking cakes for fetes leaves me cold.

A Day in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is full of history, literary connections, fossils… and has a fabulous working watermill.