“My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne” John Maynard Keynes We recently visited Epernay Champagne Bar in Leeds. Never one to need an excuse to quaff the odd glass of champers, or two, it was on this occasion, our wedding anniversary. We have visited on several occasions but disappointingly, on this visit, … Continue reading Champagne at Epernay Leeds
Today marks the end of DVT awareness month. This is a public health initiative aimed at raising awareness of this commonly occurring medical condition affecting 1 in 1000 people, with potentially fatal complications. I am disappointed that this month has not had more publicity. DVT awareness is a cause close to my heart, having suffered … Continue reading Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month
DAY 1 200 years after Yorkshire man Captain Cook first landed in New Zealand on his ship The Endeavour, another Yorkshire man and his wife, landed at Ships Cove from Picton on the boat "Sounds Exciting", hoping that our trip lived up to the boat's name. James Cook was born and brought up in Yorkshire, … Continue reading Walking the Queen Charlotte Track. New Zealand
This week on TV, I saw aBank Manager being interviewed, he told the interviewer that he had written three books. Have I heard of them? Asked the interviewer. No, said the Bank Manager, I'm afraid to show them to anyone in case they're not good enough! And that, is the crux of my problem, I … Continue reading Getting Back to Writing
The Old Registry is situated at the bottom of Haworth’s iconic cobbled Main Street and opposite Haworth’s Central Park. Offering luxury accommodation it is ideal for exploring the home of the Bronte’s at the top of Main Street, whilst a meander through the park will take you to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway … Continue reading The Old Registry, Haworth.
“There comes a time in every women’s life, when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne” Bette Davis 1. It can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region in France. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" for wines that come from this … Continue reading 10 Things you didn’t know about Champagne
The literal translation of Sous le Nez is "under the nose". Is this jewel of a French bistro and wine bar, so named as it is located in a basement in Leeds city centre, or is it because as soon as you walk in, your mouth starts to water from the aromas emanating from the … Continue reading Sous Le Nez
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list -Susan Sontag Travelers either love or hate planning trips. Spending hours honing your research skills in front of a computer, popping into the Travel Agents to pass the planning and booking onto someone else or going away with friends who you know will take care … Continue reading How to Book the Perfect Holiday
I first visited Essaouira in October 2013 with my husband Richard, my sister and brother in law. We flew to Marrakesh and as private transfers and buses seemed to be costly, we opted for the cheaper option of hiring a car. Big mistake. Big, big mistake. The drive between Marrakesh and Essaouira should take between … Continue reading Essaouira – One of my favourite places.
I was named after an old Irish song that was famously sung by John McCormack, Joseph Locke and my Grandad, John Tarpy. My grandfather made this song into a record, as far as I am aware, there are no longer any copies in existence. It was written by an Irish Poet, John Keegan Casey … Continue reading The Story of my Name. Part 2