New Zealand: Amazing, astonishing and we’ve only just arrived

It was tea-break time for Diane and Jeanette at the general store in Ross on New Zealand’s little Highway Six. They sat at the wooden table outside the shop; as Di lit a cigarette and Jeanette sunk her teeth into a pink fruit bun. We were on a bench nearby, enjoying the ice cream they’d … More New Zealand: Amazing, astonishing and we’ve only just arrived

Review:The Waterman’s Arms, nr Totnes, Devon, UK

Introduction: Time of year: April 2016 Purpose of trip: We travelled here to join a two-venue family party. Why we chose this place: The second part of the celebration was being held here; but if we’d been browsing for a weekend break, the pub’s idyllic, riverside location and 17th century beauty would have caught our … More Review:The Waterman’s Arms, nr Totnes, Devon, UK

Review: The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Introduction Time of year: We arrived mid afternoon on March 31st, 2016. Purpose of trip: We wanted to combine relaxation with hill-walking and sampling some great, locally-produced food. Why we chose this place: We chose The Oak Tree Inn because neither of us had visited Loch Lomond before, but had heard it was a beautiful … More Review: The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Loch Lomond, Scotland

The Tuscany Test

  Not long into our relationship, we discovered our mutual love of travel and agreed that we should embark on our first trip together as soon as we could. Nigel has friends who own a stone cottage in the Tuscan hills and on checking that it would be available at the end of September 2015, … More The Tuscany Test