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Cotswolds: Delicious food at the Upton Smokery

Tweet  One of the delights of the English countryside is farm shops. Countless times we’ve followed modest signs pointing to discover gustatorial Aladdin’s caves, full of luscious cheeses, tempting meats, fruits so beguiling they’re a little bit obscene. Often I’ll also pick up some bowls or interesting kitchen knickknack as a gift. When we visited the Uptom Smokery (@Uptonsmokery), I...

Wales: Visiting the South Wales Miners’ Museum

TweetImagine the time period: It was the ’80s. We were collectively experiencing Purple Rain, we were wearing neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirts thanks to Wham!, and the miners’ strike was changing the face of that industry across England and Wales. Visit Wales sent Jenography and family to Wales to see what we could do and learn. We went to the Afan Valley, which is a beautiful area that’s a very...

Hampshire: Exploring Hillier Gardens with kids

Tweet   There are few things more glorious than an English garden in fine weather. Before I moved to the UK I had no real understanding of how passionate the English are about gardening. They feel about gardening the way so many other people feel about food or sex or myriad other things-not-gardening. I would recommend any visitor to England makes an effort to visit one of the fabulous gardens, and now on my ...

Wales: Mountain biking in Afan Valley

Tweet The first inkling I had that mountain biking was unlike toodling around Battersea Park on my Pashley was from the lovely Louise, owner of the Afan Lodge mountaining biking base and organiser of our bicycles. In a call before our visit, she initially had mused that perhaps our mountain biking coach could take us to the top of the mountain so we could have a nice ride down. In our second call, she had...

Should holidays be educational?

TweetWith news lately of parents being fined for taking children out of school during term time to go on holiday, and MPs debating high season holiday prices, it naturally follows to ask the question: Are holidays educational? And should they be? At base, the important thing is to spend time as a family — something difficult to do as we all get increasingly busy. But in my experience holidays — which involve...

Jewelry that tells your travel story

TweetI’ve always liked the idea of charm bracelets — a piece of jewelry that tells a story. You add to it over time, each element significant in its own way. I begged my mother to buy me one when I was young, imagining the small icons that would rattle on my wrist. These days, a bracelet with little dangling Eiffel Towers or four-leaf clovers is no longer my style. But when I met up with Becki Backpacker at...

A very British family meal: Kedgeree

Tweet One of the unexpected pleasures of moving to London has been eating British food. Cue jokes about deep fried Mars bars and grey boiled meat, but the truth is that I’ve discovered not just new dishes but an appreciation for particularly British delights. One of our favourite weekly meals is kedgeree, thought to be brought back to the UK from India by British colonials, and often eaten at breakfast in...

Milestone Hotel: Family luxury in Kensington

TweetI’ve added a giveaway of some of The Milestone Hotel’s luxurious Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet travel toiletries (bath essence, body lotion, soap, shower gel, shampoo) and Fine Milk Chocolate. Read the post and leave a comment. It’s soooo easy. Go on, then. a Rafflecopter giveaway I’ve heard of dream hotels, but this is ridiculous. After visiting the sumptuous Milestone Hotel in...

Join Honkopoly in London for Sports Relief

TweetOn a Tube map, the distances look small. On the Monopoly board they’re even closer. But when I walked part of the route for #TeamHonk in London, organised around Monopoly board properties, I was beat. I came home and collapsed on the sofa while lots of the other bloggers were still pounding the pavement. We started off in Vauxhall, at the offices of Comic Relief. The #TeamHonk and #Honkopoly fundraising...

Your Instagram pictures on marshmallows

Tweet One of the vexing things about Instagram is that you take all these GOR-geous pics and while you can share them hither and yon online, it’s harder to get them into the real world. Now you can not only get them into the real world, you can get them floating in your hot chocolate or melting in your mouth. Boomf is a UK company that will print your Instagram photos on marshmallows. And they’re...

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