Manicure Mania

Manicure Mania

Nail technician and beautician Alison Lee has show-stopping nails nailed this season. Her bold and beautiful hand painted designs perfectly complement summer skin. I fell in love with these sophisticated, graphic nails that she created for a friend. With such flair for nail art it’s no surprise that her salon Decadence Nails, Beauty and Training has been rated … Continue reading

KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

One of the highlights of this year so far has been catching the work of New York based artist KAWS at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The park combines contemporary and modern art with nature, with sculptures and works of art by some of the world’s finest artists dotted about 500 acres of countryside. It provided the perfect backdrop to … Continue reading

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

It had been an awakening from the sleep of winter, the day that we decided to walk the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. The sun had pierced the January gloom and the sky was brilliant blue, the perfect Sunday for a Valentine’s walk. I had bought ugly walking shoes for this purpose and even posted a photo … Continue reading

Gairloch Beach, Highlands, Scotland

Gairloch Beach, Highlands, Scotland

It had been a wet and wild few days on the North-West coast of Scotland. Rather than remain holed up in our lovely, little loch-side holiday cottage we had embraced the inclement weather and stomped about the Highlands, soaked to the skin. So when the first glimmers of sun shone that July morning we decided to head … Continue reading

Film Review – The Revenant

Film Review – The Revenant

Although I watch plenty of films I have yet to upload a review here. Many moons ago, fifteen to twenty years back, I was paid to watch yet unreleased new movies in little screening rooms in the back streets of Soho and then review them. Since then I have rarely written about my passion for film. Why start now? … Continue reading

Beacon Fell Country Park

Beacon Fell Country Park

This beautiful woodland country park is just a short drive from the bustle of central Preston. Beacon Fell Country Park boasts 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland. Parking up in the visitor centre car park we set off, away from the trails, to explore the woods. The park is home to a variety of … Continue reading

Hayley North Holistic Chef

Hayley North Holistic Chef

Sometimes in life we meet those brave souls who offer us inspiration and hope at times when we maybe feeling scared or trapped. Yoga teacher and retreat chef Hayley North is one of those people. She has transformed her world by following her passions and now lives a life many would dream of. I met Hayley fifteen years … Continue reading

Red Squirrel Walk, Formby

Red Squirrel Walk, Formby

Red squirrels are rare in the UK, their numbers drastically reduced in the 1870’s when the grey squirrel was introduced from North America. Last weekend we decided to make the most of the balmy weather and  seek out the native red squirrels at the National Trust Formby, near Southport. Situated by the coast the pine woodland … Continue reading

The Best Gelato in Rome

The Best Gelato in Rome

Five or so years ago I was chatting to my little boy, promising him that one day I would take him to the country where his favourite food and dessert hailed from. Half a decade later and we were in Italy, in search of the best pizza and ice-cream. Thankfully we had inside knowledge, my … Continue reading