A Visit to London’s Spirit of Christmas Fair 2016

Gifts on show at the Deck the Halls stand at the Spirit of Christmas Fair  2016, at Olympia, London

Did you have a chance to visit the Spirit of Christmas Fair for 2016? It always sets me up for the Christmas season.  Even if it is always in early November which is technically before Thanksgiving, I’ve been living in London long enough to let this timing slide.  On the plus side, you do get Read Post

A Prison For Witches

The Cage, a former witches’ prison, in England

Fancy buying a real English witch prison?  There’s a tiny house for sale in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex which used to house local witches.  The 2 bedroomed semi-detached house is on sale for a snip below £280,000.  Ok, the downside is you have to live in Essex but on the upside  you could live in a Read Post

Mobile Coverage with EE and T-Mobile at Home and Away

using a mobile phone at night

Don’t you hate it when you hit a mobile phone blackspot?  I’ve been with this one carrier for about 10 years and they are notorious for their spotty coverage.  Similar to the girl with the curl in her hair, when it is good it’s very good and when it’s bad, it’s very bad.  I’ve been Read Post

How To Create A Chic Little Terrace

garden trellis

I am in love with this mini-version of the traditional French garden technique of espalier.  In espalier, you train the branches of a tree to grow flat against a structure. I assumed espalier would require lots of room but is pretty impractical if you have a little urban garden. How wrong I was! I love Read Post

A Restored Aristocratic House Turned Boutique Hotel in Portugal

Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda in Lagos Portugal

Check out Vivenda Miranda, a boutique hotel, which has recently been renovated to the highest standards providing quirky, fun accommodation in Lagos on the Algarve coast of Portugal. Formerly the 17th century private home of a noble family, the house and gardens perch on a cliff overlooking the sea.  With 25 individually styled rooms, the Read Post

Exploring Creativity with Hema, the Dutch Discount Design Store

Hema Dutch design store

Love Scandi design?  I’ve got a perfect find for you. Hema is a Dutch discount design store along the lines of Danish discount design store, Tiger and beloved Swedish giant’s Ikea Marketplace.  Hema has got a wide range of items from cooking utensils to arts and crafts materials.  They have a six shops in the Read Post