I decided not to have a summer holiday this year and instead do day trips to Sussex which is only about 80-90 minutes from home, on my own with my DSLR camera for company. I wanted to focus on visiting historic little Sussex churches in obscure places. I’ve done four of these day trips so far and I have another planned for this week.
I’ve focused on churches with historic interest, be it for their age (some as old as 9th century), their features or even their setting. I have been the only person at every church I’ve visited so far as these are off the beaten track for tourists. That was one of their attractions for me. I could have visited large churches, cathedrals or castles in towns where there would be loads of visitors but I find crowds of people so unappealing. Read More
Sorry for my radio silence since my last post on 31 October - in the run up to Christmas I was manically busy with client work and in January I headed to Sydney for five weeks.
I thought I'd kick off with one of the highlights of my Sydney sojourn - the coastal walk from South Coogee (where I was staying) to Bondi, a distance of about 10k with some of the most spectacular scenery. I did this walk last year with a friend but this time it was just me, my iPhone and my DSLR. The weather was cloudy, windy and about 26C so perfect for a long walk. Read More
It’s been a few weeks since my last blog post mainly due to been manically busy with client work but I also had a two week break in Italy over Easter. As many of you know, I was married to an Italian and lived in Italy for ten years so it’s my spiritual home and I try and go back at least once a year. I stay with friends who live in the Piemonte region and we usually jump into their camper van and head off somewhere for a few days. Read More
appy New Year everyone! Apologies for my radio silence over the last six weeks; I was in Australia for a month visiting my two sons who both now live in Sydney.
I thought I'd share some of the photos of my trip to Australia. It was the most amazing holiday with plenty of wonderful memories. I flew over the city in a helicopter, did a jet boat ride at breakneck speed across the harbour, an evening out on the harbour in a friend's boat, visited some beautiful beaches north and south of the city, a trip to Adelaide and most importantly I ate oysters nearly every day!! However, I found it strange having Christmas in a hot climate (the last one I had was back home in NZ in 1976!). I definitely prefer a northern hemisphere Christmas. Read More
Petersham Nurseries is an interior stylist's paradise as the shop is so beautifully styled into "rooms" or zones with a clever mix of plants and vintage and new items. Take a virtual trip via this post. Read More
I took a trip to Los Angeles, and spent some time soaking in the sun, atmosphere and food portions along the stunning coastline. Read More
If you are ever on the west coast of the US you should definitely visit Santa Barbara. Great wine, food, scenery, activities and shopping. Read More
Glimpse inside London's luxurious Rosewood Hotel with my winning visit courtesy of Elle Decoration UK. Read More
Brick Lane is the best place in London to head for in the weekend; there is something for everyone, not only in food but shops, market stalls and the most superb vibe. Here is a small taster of some of the food on offer. Read More
London's Saatchi Gallery is a must-see for art, design and style lovers. I visited to see the Sam Taylor-Johnson photography exhibition featuring 34 photographs capturing the private rooms of mademoiselle Coco Chanel at her 31 Rue Cambon apartment. They were absolutely stunning and worth a visit. Read More
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, located in Kent in England's south east, is a glorious haven of history, architecture and floral delights. Take a virtual stroll through the gardens with me. Read More
The Brompton Cemetery, one of Britain's oldest and most sacred garden cemeteries, is a joy to visit whether you're a history buff, an architectural and landscape enthusiast, a tourist or a local. Take a virtual tour of the grounds with me. Read More
The highgate cemetery is renowned for its funerary architecture and the tranquility of its grounds. Take a virtual tour with me here. Read More
The West Norwood cemetery is one of the "Magnificent Seven" in London. Steeped in significant history and stunning funerary architecture, it's worth a tour. Visit virtually with me here. Read More
One of my favourite places in London, the Chelsea Physic Garden, is tucked away alongside the Thames river and is a celebration of the beauty and the importance of plants. Read More
Take a virtual tour of London's House of Commons and Westminster Abbey. Read More
Hiring a row boat to paddle the Thames is a glorious way to spend a warm London summer's day. We ventured to Hammertons Ferry, a very small passenger and cycle ferry that has been running since 1908. Read More
There is nothing quite like the hanging baskets outside an English pub. Read More
The New River Walk in Islington, London, is a man-made park along a stretch of the New River which was originally created as an aqueduct to bring water from the River Lea in Hertfordshire to Amwell Spring by Sadlers Wells. Read More
30 St Mary Axe, affectionately known as the 'Gherkin', is a landmark curvilinear 40-storey office building in the heart of London's financial centre and is unlike any other ever conceived. Read More