Every year when June comes around I look forward to three things: the start of the pick-your-own strawberry season, the summer solstice with its incredibly light evenings, and The Lincolnshire Show.
If you've never visited Doddington Hall, and are looking for something outdoor, creative, and thought-provoking this summer, then I'm pretty sure that a visit to the Summer of Imagination at Lincoln's Doddington Hall is for you.
As the clouds drifted by in the hard, blue Grecian sky, she took a deep breath, braced her core and pulled herself up on to the board. As she performed an elegant belly-flop, she groaned as the muscles in her legs reminded her of the 22km bike ride she'd completed that morning. "Why did I … Continue reading Vasiliki bay and attempting to windsurf
This weekend I went on my first yoga retreat. Five years ago, not in my wildest dreams, did I think I would ever go on a yoga retreat. Things change! This particular retreat was run by my good friend Mel Skinner Yoga, who I shared a flat with when I lived in Greece last summer. … Continue reading Yoga and sunshine for the soul in Devon
When I was younger, birthdays meant a trip to Damon's, Lincoln. We loved its fun, warm atmosphere, generous food and the waiting staff singing happy birthday as they brought a chocolate cake with crackling sparkler to the table. As a family, we knew that the iconic building meant sitting down to a feast of onion … Continue reading Sushi, scallops and a storm
On a cold, windy February Sunday, there isn't an awful lot to do in the midst of rural Lincolnshire. Sure, you can brave the beach and battle the wind, but you don't necessarily want to do this every day. Searching for a new place to visit that is open, not too long a drive away … Continue reading Shimmering snowdrops in Saxby
A couple of years ago my friend and I decided to enjoy a day out together instead of giving each other Christmas presents. We chose to celebrate in January, to give us something to look forward to in the cold, dark post-Christmas months. And our place of choice? Eden Hall Day Spa. This week we … Continue reading It’s called Eden Hall for a reason
Have you discovered Caffe Portico yet? If not, get there now for Italian inspired cuisine - insulate, pasta, fritatte, pizza and antipasti. Lincoln's Steep Hill and High Street has an abundance of coffee and cake shops and the usual high street chains. If you are looking for something completely unique with guaranteed super-fresh food sources … Continue reading Stunning salads at Caffe Portico
This week I enjoyed the most inspiring, fun, hands-on day I've had in a while. My mother and I travelled over to the magnificent Carlton Towers, near Selby, North Yorkshire for a day of French cookery with Lionel Strub, of The Clarendon Hotel, Hebden. Here, we learnt how to make the most incredible French food … Continue reading ‘From Alsace to Yorkshire’ – learning to cook at Cooks at Carlton
So here it is, 2016. And with it, a new challenge. You might remember my blog post about pursuing a happier, healthier lifestyle and I'm so pleased to say that I've found something for which I'm passionate and excited. In February, I'm going to be starting an intensive course to become an accredited Pilates teacher, … Continue reading New Year, new Pilates