Christmas, a time to remember

Is it just me, or does the run-up to Christmas seem to start earlier every year? It’s not even December yet but I heard the first airing of a festive song just last week.  I love everything about Christmas – the time spent with family, the smell of festive food, the songs, the presents, even […]

Aussies, Springboks and All English Things

Having sat silent for over a year with the country locked inside, sports stadiums and venues are open again. The end of year test matches, or the Autumn Internationals as they are known, return after a watered-down European Nations Cup in 2020. For the first time in 20 months, Twickenham – the home of English […]

Autumn Delights

Autumn is a time of mixed emotions: the summer is over, the colours change and the shadows are getting longer as the nights draw in. For many, autumn heralds the transition from glorious Indian summers into the cold, dark and desolate winter months. But there’s plenty still to enjoy in this most magnificent of seasons. […]

Cricket: An Indian summer and an Australian winter

Ah, the distant thwack of leather on willow, the soothing and therapeutic soundtrack of cricket synonymous with the archetypal English summer. Cricket, perhaps more than anything else across this fair isle, is designed to bewilder the beginner or the newcomer – this most summer of sporting pastimes is, after all, locked and loaded with nuances […]

We do love to be beside the seaside

Perfect gifts for your staycation As summer approaches and the sun comes out, it’s that time of year again to get down to the seaside. After almost a year of being cooped up inside, the UK is returning to some semblance of normality so that can mean only one thing – dust off your suncream, […]

All About The Bees

Celebrating the humble bumble and other bees It has been a good year for the bees, what with the warm weather and so many of you concentrating on your gardens I’m sure there are more around than we have seen for years or is it that we have had time to stop and look, time […]

Fathers Day UK

21st June 2020 This coming Fathers Day seems rather different to those which have gone before. With the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in, many of us have had time to stop, reflect and contemplate. Often those we have taken for granted now come to the foremost in our minds giving us time to remember […]

Valentine’s Day 2020, A day of Romance

The Art of Romance and Courtship on Valentine’s Day Valentine’s day is just around the corner but finding the perfect partner is a complex and often mind-boggling process. The intricate dance between those who are attracted to each other is an age-old process that has changed and evolved over time. “Courtship” is officially considered to […]

Stir-up Sunday – An English Christmas Tradition Making Christmas Pudding

Stir Up Sunday is associated with the custom of making the classic Christmas pudding which is an essential British Christmas tradition made of dried fruits, but if you don’t want to make your own why not add a little bit of luxury to Christmas and buy one here. A little bit of classic history … […]

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Typhoon Hagibis

England Rugby Boys Are On The March This morning I was expecting to watch the England World Cup Rugby match against France in Tokyo. I’m not an early riser, preferring to stay snuggled under my duvet with a nice cup of tea, but duty calls and although England have already qualified, an England/ France game […]