A ‘surprise’ trip to the French Riviera

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll have gathered that I am a big fan of architecture and in particular of the opulent, elegant and historical variety. Whether its intricate details on the cathedral of Gloucester or enormous chandeliers in the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, there is something about old-world … Continue reading A ‘surprise’ trip to the French Riviera

oxford canal, canal, oxfordshire

Highlights of Oxford

Known by the rest of the world for its University, Oxford is perhaps not the first place that springs to mind as a place to visit within the UK to those who live nearby. Having grown up in Gloucester, I admittedly, had the somewhat narrow-minded perspective that the options for an interesting lifestyle in a new city … Continue reading Highlights of Oxford

7 ways to reduce your plastic usage

Did you know that one plastic bottle can take anywhere from 450 to 1000 years to decompose? No? Well, until recently, neither did I. Having just finished my last fundraising role, I was looking for a new project when a few of my colleagues and I started talking about the impact of single-use plastics on … Continue reading 7 ways to reduce your plastic usage

Gloucester Cathedral

Top 5 things to do in Gloucester

Often overlooked by its more ambitious neighbour Cheltenham, Gloucester sits quietly amid many Cotswold towns and cities more readily celebrated for their charms. Significant history dating back to the Roman occupation, beautiful examples of English architectural styles through the ages and picturesque waterways are just a few examples of the offerings it's not given credit … Continue reading Top 5 things to do in Gloucester

Creative writing: the red sun

A few months ago, I decided to fulfil my life-long dream to write a novel. I am still in the planning phase at the moment, but every chance I get, I try to write creatively, usually from the viewpoint of my characters to help me give them depth and realism. Today though, I felt the … Continue reading Creative writing: the red sun