Category Archives: travel

The Swedish coast from the sea

I realised the other day that my two most memorable days this year (so far!) have both been spent on the water. Our first was on the River Thames on my birthday in August and our second only two weeks later off the coast of Sweden. Clare Mansell I’ve been blogging for 11 years and…

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Silver nomads and micro housesits (our experience with TrustedHousesitters.com)

For us 2017 has been (surprisingly) the year we’ve opened up our home to strangers. As well as having a couple of Air BnB guests, we’ve also had housesitters for the first time and it’s not only saved us money, but enabled us to travel more and stay away for longer. I was introduced to…

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My birthday trip on the River Thames with Le Boat

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may remember that we take regular holidays with our extended family on river boats in France. This tradition begun a few Christmases ago when I mentioned I’d always fancied a canal boat holiday and the rest of my family (surprisingly) agreed. A couple of glasses…

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Our two week holiday at child friendly gites in France

Earlier this month we returned from a fortnight’s holiday at La Grange Du Moulin in Charente Maritime in France. As regular readers will know in previous summers we have holidayed on boats in France with my family, but this year my sister decided they wanted to do something different and so we were left with…

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A winter weekend in St Mawes

We have a lot of winter birthdays in my family, there are four of them between January 3rd and February 2nd. Coming from the side of the family that has nearly all summer birthdays (Jim, Theo and mine are all in August) I feel quite a lot of sympathy for those who celebrate at the…

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