Bridgemere Show Gardens in May

The Japanese Garden At Bridgemere Show Gardens Fi

The Bridgemere Show Gardens near Nantwich in Cheshire are part of a large plant nursery complex. They are composed of 15 separate gardens, including a Cottage Garden, a Victorian Topiary Garden, a Woodland Walk, a Pond and an Oriental Garden. The gardens include recreations of Gold and Silver Medal award-winning gardens from RHS Chelsea Flower … Read more

Quarry Bank cotton mill

Quarry Bank Cotton Mill Weaving Machine Fi

We visit the Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire. It is said to be one of the best preserved textile factories of the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1784, the cotton mill is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II. During our visit, some of the cotton processing and weaving … Read more

Dunham Massey House and Gardens in May

Dunham Massey House Fi

Dunham Massey is in Altrincham, Cheshire. We were lucky with the weather as it was a hot and sunny day. The house is furnished with thousands of original items used by the inhabitants over the centuries. Visitors start in the kitchens and servants rooms. Then the trail leads upstairs to the magnificent rooms used to … Read more

Saga river cruise on the Amadeus Elegant

Amadeus Elegant Lifeboy Fi

We did the ‘Hidden Gems of the Saar’ cruise on the Saar and Moselle rivers in Germany in April. The 9-day cruise started at Schweich and visited Saarburg, Saarlouis, Saarbrucken, Luxenbourg, Zell, Bernkstel-Kues, and Tier. We travelled from the UK by Eurostar train to Brussels, followed by a coach transfer to Schweich in Germany. The … Read more

St Johann, Austria. Skiing blue run 6

St Johann Austria Skiing 23 Fi

We start on ski run blue 6 in St Johann in Tirol, Austria, from the top of the Bauernalm gondola. We join blue 12 on a tree lined track, then blue 5a, which takes us down to the Hochfeldalm restaurant. The resort did a fantastic job of keeping the ski runs open considering the lack … Read more

St Johann, Austria. Skiing blue runs

St Johann Austria Skiing 13a Fi

We start on ski run blue 11 in St Johann in Tirol, Austria, at the Harschbichl gondola lift middle station. We join blue 6, then blue 6a, which takes us down to the Tauwiesen drag lift. We go up the drag lift and take blue 9 to the bottom of the Bauernalm gondola lift. The … Read more

Christmas at Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House, 2023

Christmas At Baddesley Clinton 9c Fi

Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House, in Warwickshire, are two-and-a-half miles apart by road. A traditional Christmas is the theme of the moated manor house at Baddesley Clinton. The Christmas trees are fabulous and there is a real log fire in the sitting room. It’s a 1920s Christmas at Packwood house. There is an enormous Christmas … Read more