What are you doing for Christmas? Festive season breaks in Pembrokeshire

I was going to call this an Adults Christmas in Wales as a bit of a riff on Dylan Thomas’ much loved work (I read it every year) but that sounded a bit iffy in this entendre rich world so instead I’ll just ask, what are you doing for Christmas? Undoubtedly you have been asked already – I have, about five times – and this year the answer is, we’re going to host Christmas breaks in Pembrokeshire. We’re going to cook loads of food, chop loads of logs, light lots of candles and just be welcoming and relaxing and laid […]

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Southern Yucatan Trip Report

This is the southern Yucatan, a land where the roads run out after running straight for hundreds of kilometres. Where the vanishing point you drive into can mesmerise you and the emptiness feels post-apocalyptic.


Entranced by the light – Glaslyn Estuary, Porthmadog

The right kind of light wakes me. I was deep in a weird dream and the light must have prodded and poked at my closed lids until I opened my eyes and looked out of the low window and saw the sunrise on the long ridges of ripples in the sand. “Finally, golden light!”           I wriggle to the end of the bed, accidently kicking Nick who grunts and mutters “What?”           “Sunlight,” I say, “Dawn sunlight.”           I grab my small GoPro camera from the cluttered dressing table and kneeling on the carpet, my elbows on the cold smooth slate, I press […]

house on the reef Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres – just far enough away

Far away across the Atlantic, tucked away in a corner of the Mexican Caribbean, just off the Yucatan peninsula, the island of Isla Mujeres is old home, memory chest and long time inspiration to me. It’s colour drenched seas and white powder sands are the benchmark for every beach I have seen in the last few decades and returning there after a prolonged absence was as therapeutic as I had hoped, giving me two weeks of utter bliss on an island that had definitely changed but in all ways I could see for the better. Isla Mujeres is a shiny […]

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Escaping Winter – Isla Mujeres in November

It is, as I mentioned in the previous post, nearly ten years since I last saw Isla Mujeres, now I am here and whilst some things have changed so much has stayed the same. Thankfully! Isla still has that island vibe; that chilled out, calmed by the sea, bathed in the sunlight, bemused by the colours way of soothing the soul. You just feel the stress seep out if you. You feel it sewing up the great big rips in your heart. Essentially this post is a picture postcard to the family back home, just to let them know all […]

Isla Mujeres Mexico

Going back to the island….

Isla Mujeres is a spit of coral and sand in the Caribbean Sea just off Cancun in Mexico. To me it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Blessed with powder white sand beaches Isla is surrounded by the most amazing coloured water, water of the clearest, palest, purest blue you have ever seen. Everyone who goes there talks about the colour of the water. You get there by ferry from Cancun and it is, or it was, a million miles away in attitude from the flash and high rise of that particular party town. That’s me, always […]

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Lazy like a fox – why I love Chalk Paint!

I am known for being lazy. My Mother once said the only reason I breast fed was because I was too lazy to wash bottles – it’s true, such shame! But I am lazy like a fox, I do a ton of research so I don’t have to use actual sweat or make expensive mistakes. It was whilst I was researching how to paint an old cast iron bath we had acquired for the main bathroom that I heard about how versatile chalk paint was. I had heard of it before but I thought it was just for heavily distressed […]