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

The cottage overlooking the Loch

The cottage overlooking the Loch

Situated in the hamlet of Ardaneaskan, just five miles away from the village of Lochcarron, is this beautiful, homely holiday cottage. Tigh Ali was to be our base for our week of adventure in the Scottish Highlands. This was the magnificent view down the garden and across the Loch when we arrived, the only sound to be … Continue reading

Highland Adventure

Highland Adventure

We set off on our road trip north early one bright Saturday morning, heading up the M6 whizzing past the Lake District and beyond. We were Scotland bound, the Highlands to be precise, a place I had last visited thirty six years ago. The journey took us beyond Glasgow, past Loch Lomond and onwards, upwards past … Continue reading

Street art, Blackpool

Street art, Blackpool

A couple of years ago I wrote about the Sand, Sea and Spray urban art festival in Blackpool. The free festival returned to the seaside town last month, so my son and I set out on the final day in the hope of catching some of the artists in action. And we came across none. … Continue reading

Artist Interview: Laura Hunt

Artist Interview: Laura Hunt

Music and art have long since stumbled through the years hand in hand. Inspired by the grisly attire of Preston’s lunatic doom-mongers, Evil Blizzard, artist Laura Hunt created a collection of water-colours featuring the band. Fans loved them and a limited edition run was snapped up within an hour. The band, which consists of four bass … Continue reading

Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail

Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail

Here in the north of England it is positively brrrr right now, the summer sunshine consigned to the great big weather dustbin in the sky. It is hard to think that just a week or so ago we took a peaceful amble around the beautiful Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail under blue skies and glorious sunshine. The trail, which … Continue reading