Poignant postcards

Do you still send postcards when you’re away? Does anyone really send them anymore? I know I do, but I’m just one person. And isn’t it just so much easier to reach for the smart phone… A cursory google search for stats on modern postcard habits didn’t bring up a major Post Office survey orContinue reading “Poignant postcards”

All walks of life

‘Only thoughts reached by walking have value’ — Friedrich Nietzsche Firstly, an apology is required. Required, because I’ve had a temporary case of writer’s block. Writer’s block because I’ve struggled to get beyond a few notes and ideas of what I could write about, none of it quite interesting enough to capture my attention, letContinue reading “All walks of life”

Stuck on red

17th May. Feels pretty similar to any recent day here in the UK, except now we’re allowed to holiday in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, and The Falkland Islands, without having to quarantine on our return. Yes folks, the UK’s green list of countries are readyContinue reading “Stuck on red”

The food that we miss

Last bank holiday weekend was the most exhausted I’ve felt in a long time. Why? I launched an online bakery – Kate’s Kitchen – in my village! As a travel writer I try to focus on relevant food stories and the cultural history surrounding food when I can (you may have read my post onContinue reading “The food that we miss”

The world’s a stage

For some people, St George’s Day (this past Friday) represents folklore and myth, dragons and slayers. For others, it’s more an excuse to feel extra patriotic — or, in the case of two people in my village, a reason to enquire ask why the old church wasn’t flying an English flag (sigh). For me though,Continue reading “The world’s a stage”

Postcard from…Windsor (and Westminster)

Many of us think of Windsor Castle when we think of Windsor. It represents over a thousand years of royal history. But when I think of Windsor, I also think of log flumes.  Don’t get me wrong, I do think of the Windsor Castle bit of Windsor, it’s a stunner of a building. And theContinue reading “Postcard from…Windsor (and Westminster)”

Vanuatu veneration and the country that risks the world: travel and global news round-up

A Tanna Island chief, 2015. Photographed by Graham Crumb, via Wikimedia Commons Images World Health Day last Wednesday symbolised the continuing efforts to vaccinate populations around the world — if they can just get hold of the vaccine in the first place. It was important day for discussion and action. Then Friday rolled around andContinue reading “Vanuatu veneration and the country that risks the world: travel and global news round-up”

Spring is here part II: a calendar year in the countryside

I mentioned last week in my first post about the beginning of spring that every day this year I’m reading The Shakespeare Almanac by Gregory Doran. I’m also reading a book called Wonderland, day by day. Every day in the book focuses on a different aspect of flora and fauna in the UK, as theContinue reading “Spring is here part II: a calendar year in the countryside”

Spring is here part I: equinox

Welcome hither, As is the Spring to the earth. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare (Act 5, Scene 1) Today is the first day of spring, the spring equinox. In the UK it’s also Census Day, if you needed a reminder to send yours in! As usual with days like this, it led me toContinue reading “Spring is here part I: equinox”