Cassino, Pt 2 – a puncture, a stroke of good luck and arriving in Napoli …

After lunching in Cassino, we drove the short way back to collect our bags which were still at Le Ninefee. As we drove up the unpaved and very rocky driveway we slid a little off the drive and there was a loud noise  – but we continued on.  While in the town I realised I had left my Fitbit at the house so I went … Continue reading Cassino, Pt 2 – a puncture, a stroke of good luck and arriving in Napoli …

Cassino, Pt 1 – a busy birthday morning …

We think we are finally back on track with our sleep patterns which have been quite disrupted. We slept like logs in the beautiful bedroom of our Cassino B&B, Le Ninfee. We awoke to a fine, very warm morning – my birthday in fact and after a light continental breakfast in the pretty rustic dining room, we enjoyed a stroll around around the property.  We could … Continue reading Cassino, Pt 1 – a busy birthday morning …

Wimbledon – the pilgrimage…

Today saw the fulfilment of a great expectation. Since I discovered many years ago, our family’s direct connection to the famous Renshaw twins, Ernest and William, I have wanted to see for myself the memorabilia surrounding them at The All England Tennis club in Wimbledon. Today was the culmination of that dream. We set off early this morning, a Bank Holiday Monday on surprisingly calm … Continue reading Wimbledon – the pilgrimage…

Churchill’s Chartwell… and other places

Today we packed in so much, beginning with a visit to Churchill’s residence just out of Westerham. We left early so as to avoid the M25 crush and arrived in plenty of time for our timed-entry visit,  allowing us to wander the beautiful gardens prior to viewing the house. The house and large grounds were bathed in late morning sunshine, and it was wonderful to … Continue reading Churchill’s Chartwell… and other places

Loving the LA sun – but the airport? – not so much ….

After a twelve hour flight from Auckland, we were pretty keen to disembark, zip though customs, collect the baggage and to be ready and waiting when Roger came to pick us up – yeah right! The arrival hall was literally packed to the gunnels with travellers of every race, creed, colour, and age – quite a chaotic scene.  Row up upon of people sat nestled … Continue reading Loving the LA sun – but the airport? – not so much ….

The Alpine Retreat – and perfect poached eggs …

In three weeks we will be flying out to start a new adventure in Southern Italy and Sicily but it occurred to me that we often take for granted our own beautiful country. We were reminded of this on a recent weekend trip to Queenstown in the South Island. Our accommodation was at The Alpine Retreat, an elegant B&B, set in a truly stunning spot … Continue reading The Alpine Retreat – and perfect poached eggs …