Monday, 16 April 2018


I've just spent a week in Cornwall. Here are pictures of Mevagissey Harbour (we bought some nice Scallops there!)

Thursday, 22 March 2018


This is only 11 months late!

The islands of Burano, Mazzorbo & Torcello in the Venice lagoon are very close to each other. Burano and Mazzorbo are linked by a bridge and Torcello is a short 5-10 minute boat ride..

Torcello is the oldest continually occupied region of Venice and was once the most populpus. Today it is very sparsely populated due to malaria. It has a population of 10 including a priest. You can guess that it was once much more populous due to it's fine Duomo (well worth visiting!). 

Sunday, 18 March 2018


It is cold, grey and there is snow on the ground therefore I thought I look back to last March when I was in Venice and it was slightly warmer!

Murano is an one many islands in the Venice Lagoon. It is the most famous but not my favourite I prefer the islands of Burano and it linked sister island Mazzorbo and the island of Torcello (I promised to show you this last April.... later this week promise!).

Murano is famous for it's glass making.

Despite not being my favourite of the Venetian islands I really do enjoy visiting them! 

Friday, 23 February 2018

A Tale of Two churches

Two of Essex's best churches are only 5 miles a part but in size and scale are miles a part.

The Churches Conservation Trust church of St Mary's Chickney is small and is about isolation and atmosphere....


St John's Thaxted is all about Grandeur

Both are worth a visit!

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Today the weather was glorious and I went for a stroll around Lavenham.

During WWII Lavenham was not the picture postcard village it is today, lots of the buildings were run down and so it is lovely to visit now and see them looking so well cared for. Today some may consider Lavenham too "commercialised". Yes there are lots of tea rooms, antiques shops, touristy shops, fashionable pubs/hotels alongside the lovely well maintained old buildings (including the Guildhall, Little Hall, Church etc) but it also has the shops and facilities you need for day to day life and as well it does seem to have a social life you don't get in bigger towns.