10 Things you didn’t know about Champagne

“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

Sous Le Nez

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

How to Book the Perfect Holiday

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

Essaouira – One of my favourite places.

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.

The Story of my Name. Part 2

  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

Weekend in Vancouver

Last year we spent our summer holiday in Canada. The children are getting older and heading off to university and we (Rich and I) decided it was to be our last holiday as a family. My Aunt and Cousins emigrated to Canada over 40years ago so we combined our holiday with catching up with relatives … Continue reading Weekend in Vancouver