A canal in Worcester, Worcestershire, England.

By the canal

I'm sure I'm not the only person who, when thinking about canals, thinks about Venice. Oh the romance of narrow waterways passing by historic stone houses in rainbow colours, a gondolier in a straw hat and stripy shirt and lazy warm days on the water, gelato in hand! Canals though aren't just restricted to Italy - … Continue reading By the canal

Lyme Park, Disley, Derbyshire.

Lyme Park

I can remember being a 17 year old school girl sitting in my English class, devouring Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It was a world so completely different to my own, yet the story still resonated with me and it remains a favourite book. When we'd finished reading the novel our teacher played the cult … Continue reading Lyme Park


In my life as a journalist in regional Australia, one of my favourite parts of the job was exploring and getting to know the towns that made up my 'patch'. In most places I knew where the cleanest public loos were (vital when you're on the road!), which cafe/bakery to stop at and the best route to … Continue reading Ombersley