Iron Men, Dunes and the Alt Estuary

The River Alt meant not a great deal to me, until a few weeks ago that is when we hiked along its estuary. It is actually Liverpool’s second river but more importantly for us is the most stunning spot for a stroll. Our walk started at the river estuary in Hightown, took us past pretty little boats and…

Touring The Houses of Parliament

The Palace of Westminster, better known as the Houses of Parliament is possibly in my humble opinion, the greatest of London’s exceptional Victorian buildings. Many a time we have stood in Parliament Square listening to the chimes of Big Ben feeling overawed. Many a time I have imagined going inside and exploring this fine building but…

Personalised Portraits At Beningbrough Hall

A glorious autumn with sunshine and blue skies, except for the day we went to North Yorkshire. Still, the grey skies and damp weather did not dampen our mood. We had a day out at Beningbrough Hall, a stones throw from York (apparently you can see the city from upstairs) but it felt miles away from…

A Walk On The Edge

Alderley Edge in Cheshire on a sunny afternoon makes a really lovely day out, as we discovered. It was quite busy around the entrance (and the ice-cream van), but once we walked further into the woods, the crowds thinned, it was peaceful and quiet with just the sound of birdsong. This place has a mysterious…

Narnia at Chatsworth

The day before Christmas Eve we ventured out to Derbyshire to visit Chatsworth House, known as the “Palace of the Peaks”, arguably England’s most handsome country house and ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire. The house is stuffed with extraordinary history and the 30 odd rooms are stuffed with one of Europe’s most significant…

Christmas Dickens Style at Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall, decorated with scenes from A Christmas Carol was the perfect afternoon outing for us recently.  Son has just read aforementioned novel and is showing a keen (unexpected) interest in all things Dickens – this is pleasing, but anything that distracts him from Minecraft is welcome in our house. Set in beautiful Lancashire…