Nova Scotia revisited

Nova Scotia revisited

A happy return to Nova Scotia and Digby in particular. Pete and Pearl as hospitable as ever; Digby hardly changed – except they have a roundabout! Cause of much comment and serious reservations in the town… The new member of the family is Dylan (after Bob...
Westward Ho

Westward Ho

There are enough pictures of pretty bays and beaches but you can never have too many gardens. So here is Diffryn Fernant, near Fishguard. Go see it, says Monty Don, so we did and he’s right. It ranges from the cottage and kitchen garden areas near the house...
South Asia in East Anglia

South Asia in East Anglia

One of many intriguing carvings in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA in Norwich. Here’s another, looking very bemused by it all. The exhibits are eclectic, to say the least: from the Pacific, the Americas and Japan – interspersed with modern...
Winter Break

Winter Break

Off to somewhere warm and exotic? No, not at all.  Lovely North Wales and Conwy in particular. A castle, a walled town and views over the water from the chaise long in the bedroom while sipping a glass of something…  And only four hours away.  We couldn’t...
Retro Times

Retro Times

An old-fashioned cinema in the woods?  Yes, so old they call it The Kinema in the Woods and it’s been going non-stop since 1912. Up-to-date films, though, and coffee in the foyer, which also houses memorabilia including a full sized dalek.  Plenty of comfy seats...
Yes, Roses were blooming in Picardy

Yes, Roses were blooming in Picardy

Ponches-Estruval was as quiet as ever (apart from next door’s dog) and a delightful place to spend a relaxing week. Dunc and Kate joined us for a number of days and of course we had to visit St Valery and Le Crotoy.  St Valery has the wonderfully idiosyncratic...

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