Unexpected plans Sometimes things don’t go to plan and that’s OK. You adapt and make new, and sometimes, even better plans. Let’s skip back to March 2020. Myself and my partner were on a train to Holyhead and very much looking forward to a long weekend in Dublin when the government announced the start …

Looking out to sea, seagulls travelling above on a gentle summer breeze, I gaze out to the horizon and breathe in the salty sea air. To the left, a large headland acts as a backdrop to a pier jutting out into the Irish Sea. To the right, another smaller headland shelters the long cove. …

How close is too close to home to stay in a hotel? I’ve always been of the opinion that travelling a short distance (less than an hour) is okay. You’re away from your local area, but can still get back relatively quickly when your trip is over. But what if a particular accommodation option …

Living the dream As I gaze out of the window of my home office, the winter sun shining down on the frosty gardens, I yearn to get outside and breathe in the fresh coastal air. The buds are starting to grow on the trees, soon the pale browns will be replaced by bright greens. …

A collection of pastel coloured buildings ta Portmeirion Village

Earlier this year we took a little road trip around some of the finer parts of North Wales. If you are a regular reader, you may be aware that I originate from that part of the world and am always looking for a reason to share some of the local delights with you. This …

A beautiful stretch of coastline The stunning and rugged coastline of Wales is well documented in the photography world and no more so than Llanddwyn Island on the coastline of Anglesey – one of the most beautiful spots in Wales that I have had the pleasure of visiting. Being from North Wales, I have …

There are many things that Wales is known for. The Snowdonia National Park, the Brecon Beacons, beautiful coastlines, castles, dragons and sheep to name but a few, but one thing I have discovered and had the chance to witness myself more recently are the impressive number of beautiful waterfalls scattered around the country. The …

If you are looking for that picture perfect scenic lakeside break, where is the first place you think of? How about Lake Garda in Italy? That looks lovely doesn’t it. Or, what about Lake Louise in Western Canada? Perfection. Well, I have been in search of that idyllic lakeside location for a little while …

Nestled in the mid-Wales countryside on the outskirts of Welshpool, Powis Castle & Gardens is another fabulous property in the National Trust’s portfolio. Powis Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century by a Welsh Prince named Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn (try pronouncing that if your not Welsh). One of the Prince’s descendants sold the castle …

It’s been a little while since I took you on a tour of a National Trust property, so I am back to show you another one. This one is quite special. This one represents home. I was lucky enough to grow up in a small village in the Conwy Valley, North Wales. The view …