On the history trail:Churchill’s War Rooms

On Tuesday we visited The Churchill War Rooms , one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum in Whitehall. The museum comprises a bunker which houses the Cabinet War Rooms, and British government command centre throughout the Second World War, as well as the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum exploring the life of…

We meet the Jarvis family

During the past weekend we had the privilege of travelling north to Hull to meet Tom’s family. We had a wonderful time meeting Tom’s Mum and Dad, Pat and Bob, his sister Katie and brother Ben and their families. Throughout the weekend we experienced their wonderful hospitality including lots of Yorkshire tea and lovely meals!Pat…

Thomas Hardy Country, Dorset

This blog entry is specially for my BookcluB buddies with whom I recently shared “Far from the Madding Crowd” in one of our meetings. No visit to Dorset would be complete without a visit to some famous places associated with Thomas Hardy. Our first stop was Dorchester, the main county town of Dorset. Dorchester was an…

Pebbly beaches, chalky cliffs, smugglers’ caves and seaside promenades

After our mouth watering breakfast at Swan Hill House we set out to explore the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. Our first stop was Lyme Regis an historic seaside town famous for its association with fossil hunters. It was here Mary Anning collected and sold her ‘curiosities’ (ammonites) and made her astounding discoveries including the first…

River Cottage HQ

When we first decided to visit Dorset and Devon we were delighted to discover that there was a Summer Nights evening at River Cottage HQ on a night we planned to be there so made our booking online. What a fabulous experience it was. The giant tractor with a trailer met us at the top…

Swan Hill House, Devon

Swan Hill House, East Devon As Dominique and Tom needed to go back to work on Tuesday we arranged to have a few days in Dorset and Devon. We travelled to Exeter by train – which was very comfortable and picked up a hire car before travelling to our BnB accommodation, Swan Hill House in…

Greenwich on Thames

After visiting the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Meridien Line we travelled down to Greenwich Village on the River Thames to take in some more attractions in the culturally significant World Heritage  protected area. It is such a pretty little town with a true nautical feel of an old seafaring town. As we approached the…

Greenwich @ the Meridian Line

On Bank holiday Monday we joined a host of locals to visit Greenwich environs. We purchased some delicious gourmet sandwiches and rolls in Gail’s bakery, Blackheath and headed for Greenwich Royal Park for a picnic lunch. From here we had a long, but flat walk for Geoff, across the park and down an elegant avenue…

Tales on Moon Lane

Those of you who know me well know also that I am passionate about Children’s Literature. Imagine my delight at finding this delightful children’s bookshop just around the corner.  They had a fabulous “Where’s Wally” window display and inside they had at treasure  trove of children’s picture books including Anthony Browne’s latest …a storyline about…

Lazy Sunday @ the Markets & Brockwell Park 

This weekend is a Bank Holiday weekend and also the end of the summer holidays. We had a sleep in and then decided to take a walk Imagine our surprise to find right outside our front door, stallholders were setting up for the Sunday Markets in Herne Hill. We took a quick stroll through the…

Jim’s place @ Herne Hill

We are finally settling in to our first Air BnB place in London- Our host Jim lives in Herne Hill. His charming lower ground floor flat is well appointed, having everything we need. It is also filled with charming collections of books, records and lots of ‘boys toys’  as you will see . During our…

Brixton Market and Market Row

After checking out the fabulous  venues for Dominique and Tom’s wedding at Peckham and Brixton East, we took a stroll down to the  bustling Brixton covered marketplace.  This culturally diverse community is home to an amazing mix of fresh produce stores, clothing, jewellery, art and second hand furniture shops along with  pop up cafes, bars…