Category Archives: Margaret River

We’re in Heaven!

We are spending a couple of nights up at Casa Debbio, Deb & Jim’s mountain holiday house in Italy and let me tell you we are in heaven. Since we were here last the garden has progressed beautifully….and the views … Continue reading

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We are back in Italy

What a joy it is to be back in Italy after 5 years to visit Deb and our other friends. Ponte a Serraglio is still as lovely as ever. It has been so nice to spend time with Deb and … Continue reading

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London

What a busy time we have had in London. Our hotel overlooked Kensington Gardens. We toured the city on the Hop On Hop Off bus. The views from the London Eye were pretty good…don’t you think! We visited both the … Continue reading

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Oxford

Cited as one of the best university, Oxford caters for approximately 24,000 enrolled scholars per year. Its 38 colleges are spead throughout the city and many are fabulous buildings. Bars, restaurants and shops cater for the wide range of academics … Continue reading

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace has been the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough since the palace was completed in 1722 and is the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The land was gifted to John Churchill, … Continue reading

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Classic Cotswolds

Bibury, a typically beautiful Cotswold village was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”. The cottages of Arlington Row are said to be the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country. Referred to … Continue reading

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Mevagissey & Fowey

The small fishing village of Mevagissey is spectacular. The twin harbour provides sheltered safe waters where the colourful fishing boats rise and fall as the tide ebbs and flows. Sole, lobster, skate and plaice are the main catches. Seafood restaurants … Continue reading

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan & The Eden Project

The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Projecct are not far from where we are staying here in St Austell. The Lost Gardens of Heligan had been lost to brambles and completely overgrown since the outbreak of WW1. In … Continue reading

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Padstow, Rick Stein’s & Newquay

Padstow has a large influx of daily tourists, partly thanks to the popularity of Rick Stein’s TV shows. He has a big presence in the town, with 5 eateries, a deli, fresh fish outlet, cooking school and accommodation and other … Continue reading

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Dartmoor National Park

The weather at the moment is being very uncooperative! After consulting the weather app we decided today was the best day to explore the Dartmooor National Park in the county of Devon. Perhaps the app needs a new setting to … Continue reading

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The South West Corner of Cornwall

We have been really looking forward to our visit to Cornwall and so it was with great anticipation that we headed off today. First stop…St Ives. We parked out at the ‘train park and ride’. These first glimpses of the … Continue reading

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Hereford

Hereford, in Herefordshire in the West Midlands, sits on the River Wye. It has been a great base for the past week. The Old House is a timber-framed Jacobean building, built in 1621, and is now a museum. We enjoyed … Continue reading

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A Family Connection

Jim’s brother, David, has researched their family history and this story begins in the Staffordshire and Shropshire areas. David and Lynette visited in 2015 so we followed in their footsteps to see the villages as well. David had the information … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bath

The lovely city of Bath is located in the Somerset countryside. Local honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the Georgian architecture. The many chimney pots can’t go unnoticed. Built as a spa town, Bath still draws many visitors … Continue reading

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Malvern, Tewkesbury and Ledbury

Leaving North Wales we are now staying for a week in Hereford, a great base in the Midlands to visit the West Cotswolds and surrounding area. The rolling hills in the countryside are beautiful. On our first outing we visit … Continue reading

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Caenarfon, Anglesey and more

Caenarfon Castle was built on the southern end of the Menai Strait which separates North Wales and Anglesey. The construction of the castle began in 1283 and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During Edward I’s invasions of Wales, … Continue reading

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Beddgelert & Snowdonia NP

After leaving the Yorkshire Dales we are in North Wales for a few days to visit the Snowdonia National Park. Our accommodation is in the very pretty little village of Beddgelert. The name Beddgelert means in Welsh ‘The grave of … Continue reading

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The Lakes District

From Kirkby Stephen the Lakes District was only 45 minutes drive away. We visited twice and both days we had intermittent rain then sunshine. We have visited the area before and loved the very pretty villages so wanted to reacquaint … Continue reading

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York

Although it was a gloomy day we decided to visit York anyway. From the York City Sightseeing bus (similar to a Hop On Hop Off bus) we did the tour around to take in the sights and hear the commentary … Continue reading

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The Yorkshire Coast

Crossing County Durham (we are staying in Cumbria) we drove over to the North Yorkshire Coast to visit the lovely coastal villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby. Robin Hood’s Bay is a small fishing village a few miles south … Continue reading

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