Living in the Algarve, we are very fortunate to have some of the most beautiful beaches right on our doorstep – particularly the ones on the west coast where surfing is one of the top-rated things to do. Arrifana – a surfer’s paradise – is full of wet-suit clad guys and gals clambering to ride the waves and is the perfect spot to wile away a few hours.   Me? No, I’m not a surfer. I prefer my sea calm and… Read more »

Lately, we seem to have gone shabby chic mad. Our tastes have evolved, going from clean lines and simple furniture colours to the shabby chic, distressed look. We absolutely love it and so it seems our house will soon be over-run with it. Distressing furniture is addictive! Read on to find out how to distress a bedside table. We bought two cutesy bedside tables from a second hand / antique dealer (I’ll be blogging about his place soon because it’s… Read more »

During our very first visit to Wales, we knew we just HAD to visit Snowdonia. There is something very special about mountains, after all, right? And we certainly weren’t disappointed. It was absolutely breathtaking. Luckily, we saw a little bit of snow – although not enough to write home about, but just a little dusting to somehow increase their beauty. Although we only drove through, spending a few hours at Betws-y-Coed, it is something we won’t forget any time soon…. Read more »

“Writers, we know that you are the true backbone of the industry and we love you for it,” said Charlize Theron at the Oscars this week. This line alone made me cry. I’m a writer and an emotional wreck at times (clearly today more so than usual) but this is the kind of thing that I need to hear every now and again. Without writers, there would be no stories, there would be no books, no movies. Can you imagine that? I’d really… Read more »

Whilst spending a week in Anglesey, we decided a trip to Caernarfon Castle was an absolute must – after all, it is the place used for the investiture of Prince Charles back in 1969. Okay, so maybe that’s not the real reason we wanted to visit lol. It’s a castle and like I mentioned before, I just love visiting castles 😀 We certainly weren’t disappointed – this is a gorgeous Medieval fortress which is perhaps even more impressive than Conwy (which was possibly due its… Read more »

We spent a fabulous day at the gorgeous Betws-y-Coed in January, albeit a freezing one! But what a stunning place, in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Although small, Betws-y-Coed is perfectly situated for snow and mountain lovers everywhere, which is clearly very well catered for with plenty of shops selling mountain-climbing gear and suchlike. Not just shops selling mountaineering stuff, though. Oh no, I was like a kid in a candy store in some of the wonderful shops there,… Read more »

A little while ago, I told you all about the brilliant Pro Nails Manicure – a gel manicure that keeps your nails healthy and strong. As promised, here’s an update about how easy it is to remove. I had my second manicure about two and a half weeks ago. My first lasted almost a month, as I was on holiday at the time, so I was able to be a bit more careful (less cleaning, etc). This time however, being back at… Read more »

Whilst in Wales in January I came across this little fella (at least I think he was a fella and actually he wasn’t that little either). I’m not entirely sure, but I think he’s an inquisitive jackdaw. I’ve done a little research online and that seems to be the closest I can find to him. Isn’t he adorable? Okay, so I’m clearly not some kind of enthusiastic ornithologist but when a ‘wild’ animal lets me up close and personal, I… Read more »

I’m obsessed with old buildings. Castles, cathedrals, churches, abbeys, manor houses – places with historical significance just fascinate me. Perhaps it’s the author in me, but I always find myself so inspired whenever I visit such places. So on our recent trip to Wales, I just knew I had to visit a few of the country’s well known castles (and there are a lot, apparently). Being relatively close to where we stayed on the island of Anglesey, on top of our list was… Read more »

Continuing on in my series of recommended places to stay en-route from Portugal to the UK, I should mention Biarritz. Before our journey, almost everyone we spoke to said we’d absolutely love it. Needless to say, we were excited to see what all the fuss was about. So we decided to spend a night with the rich and famous (!) – it is where they come to party after all (apparently). Well in truth we didn’t see anyone famous (probably lots of rich… Read more »