Category Archives: Lifestyle

Back to Basics

Dougal, Florence, Dylan, Zebby, Oliver and Compton. Old or new, all the campervans in the Fishbourne fleet have a name, many with a Magic Roundabout twist. In the beginning, there was an Ermentrude, too. Ours was Isla. As in Isla … Continue reading

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Glorious Gardens

Spring is rolling into summer, and although the weather may not be participating, the fields and hedgerows are lush and green – even more so, perhaps, thanks to days of heavy rain. It wasn’t exactly what we were expecting though, … Continue reading

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A Few of My Favourite Things

It sometimes happens that the town child is more alive to the fresh beauty of the country than a child who is country born. ~ Beatrix Potter I first came across Hannah Dale’s designs in a National Trust shop and … Continue reading

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A Bird’s Eye View

And I dream I’m an eagle And I dream I can spread my wings Flying high, high, I’m a bird in the sky I’m an eagle that rides on the breeze. High, high, what a feeling to fly Over mountains … Continue reading

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A Weekend of Food & Waterfalls

My One & Only and I have always loved wandering through the woods on a fine day, and this weekend was no exception. With guests in town and the rain holding off, we headed for the wild woods of Luxembourg,. … Continue reading

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Eating Peaches

I grow old … I grow old … I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the … Continue reading

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Surreal

At the flick of a boarding pass I find myself touching down in midwinter, after months of summer sunshine on the flipside of the world… No more rainbow lorikeets squabbling fiercely, garrulously, in the dense and fertile treetops. Instead a … Continue reading

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A journey around my birthplace

“…the pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps more dependent on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to…” Alain de Botton I am currently reading a book by Xavier de Maistre called ‘A Journey … Continue reading

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Autumnal Ramblings

Trees of bronze and amber drip rusty leaves onto the forest floor. Mistletoe, like giant Christmas baubles, adorns naked branches. A rift in the forest is a window onto verdant farmland fanning out to a hazy horizon. Walking paths, like worm casts, … Continue reading

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Compare & Contrast

Nine months ago, we packed our bags and too many boxes, and headed out to Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the last time. It was six years and a matter of days since I had first arrived in the Philippines. … Continue reading

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