Open Gardens- Probably Britain’s Best Kept Secret

I walk past 15th and 16th century houses in my village every day with their thatched roofs, cob walls, and character windows. One house always has the most wonderful perfumed roses with fragrance drifting over the wall of the back garden. I have always been curious as to what else is in that garden and…

Zen in Medellin

I had always imagined Medellin to be a dangerous city on the edge but first impressions changed all that. Right in the city centre is Barefoot Park- a public space for people to de-stress. How could I resist an hour exploring and how would this change my perception of Medellin? Built 14 years ago by…

On the Road to Santa Fe De Antioquia

I rose at dawn in Santa Fe de Antioquia, restless from the heat but enchanted by the beauty of this town. As I crept through the streets taking pictures of colourful houses immaculately painted, a few locals sat nonchalantly in the park under the shade of a tamarind tree. A tuk tuk stood on a…

An Explosive Evening in Salento

  There are two things that strike a newcomer to Salento in Colombia’s Armenian coffee growing district. The brightly coloured buildings resplendent with their contrasting shaded balconies and shutters give the town an air of fun. The second noticeable thing is the steepness of the streets as Salento was built on hills. The third thing…

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…

Spring Walks and Longer Days

Each year I try to discover something new within a few miles of home. Sometimes the most beautiful places are literally on our doorsteps and are there waiting to be explored. Local footpaths in England are a joy and a wonderful way to see nature at its best. I just had to walk out of…

The Random Inspiration from Postcrossing

One of the things I decided to do this year was join Postcrossing. I read about it and decided it was a fun thing to get involved with- and signed up. Do people send postcards anymore in this world of Instagram. Well here’s a different perspective on postcards. Postcrossing is a way of randomly exchanging…