As a girl from Deal I have been lucky enough to live very near 4 castles. I've grown up visiting them and as such have never really appreciated my good fortune. Since having the children however, and more importantly, getting an English Heritage membership through the fella's work, I have begun to appreciate them much … Continue reading Our own little Castle… well. For a little while.
Anyone who has followed me on Instagram for a while knows I'm a little bit fanatical about supporting small and local businesses where I can.For me, shopping with small businesses is about putting some real thought into gifts and supporting the economy while helping small businesses - usually run by just one person - grow. … Continue reading Keep it local this Christmas
I can't remember when it was that I first decided I'd love a camper van. Living by the sea you often see them about and the idea of packing up and escaping, waking up somewhere new, outside, preferably by a beach or a lake is hugely exciting to me. I've talked before about how we … Continue reading You can’t buy happiness… But you can hire a camper van.
With the summer holiday looming, and as a mum of two (aged 4 and 6), I am always looking for things to do, without ending up bankrupt, or in some kind of asylum. Since moving back to Deal three years ago, we have tried to make the most of what the local area has to … Continue reading Love where you live – 5 things to do with children in Deal over the summer holidays
Last summer we spent a good few days down at Folkestone Harbour Arm which I posted about here. It's a really fantastic regeneration project which is still ongoing, but during the summer months (March to October) pop up restaurants and bars open on the harbour arm and the place is alive with live music and djs. … Continue reading Free pizza?! Family fun at Folkestone Harbour Arm
You know when you've lived somewhere for a long time and think you know the good places to go and all that shenanigans... And then you discover somewhere new which takes your breath away? That was my Saturday. Half term was busy with lots of friends visiting which was lovely, but on Saturday I fancied … Continue reading Discovering somewhere new on your doorstep… Well. Almost.
I like open spaces. I like quiet. I like getting back to basics and having time to think and declutter my ever manic head. I like simple living and I adore being outside. So when I discovered Elmley nature reserve while aimlessly surfing the Internet and recovering from pleurisy in January 2015, I struck gold. … Continue reading The owl at the end of the bed: Kent’s hidden hideaway
About a month ago I excitedly received my first bloggers event invitation courtesy of Kate at Happy and Glorious in Ashford. I hadn't heard of the shop before as it's been a couple of years since I visited Ashford last but was excited to hear about their event #blogashford which they were running for the second time. … Continue reading #blogAshford – building a community through independent retailers
In 2013, Deal High Street won The Telegraph's "High Street of the Year" award due to its independent shops and community feel. “Deal is,” the judges said, “a very good example to other struggling high streets of how an engaged local community, with support from local and national government, can match enthusiasm for their high … Continue reading Deal High Street: my pick of the best
Much like Folkestone which I posted about here, Margate is undergoing a bit of a revival at the moment. It's been slowly building for a while with the arrival of the Turner Contemporary and more recently the regeneration and reopening of Dreamland. I've been to Margate twice recently, keen to see what's changed for myself. I remember visiting as a child … Continue reading Breathing life back into Margate