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

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