Welcome to my blog, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!
I was surprised that Lindisfarne Castle was open when we visited Holy Island in early March; usually it doesn’t open until Easter. It’s one of the few National Trust properties I’ve been to which allow non-flash photography in the interior. The Castle was built as fort in the 16th century but ended up, very appropriately, as the holiday home of the founder of Country Life magazine.
After recent foot surgery, I am reduced to a few minute hobble on my crutches. On the way to Edinburgh for lunch with our sons, we stopped at Inveresk Lodge Garden in Musselburgh for a short walk, before retiring to the greenhouse for a hot drink from our flask.
After living in Germany for several years, I knew that each year I had numerous local festivals to look forward to. These Germans know how to organise a festival – after all, Germany is the home of Oktoberfest! And that means that every year across the country there is a huge range of weird and wonderful festivals, no matter what your interests, and even some festivals that you could never imagine. Here are ten German festivals to whet your appetite.
What would a list of German festivals be without a wine festival? However, this one’s a real trick because the name Wurstmarkt means “sausage market” – and yes, you’ll find sausages in abundance but the focus is actual on some great German wines. It takes place in Bad Dürkheim every September and is one of the largest wine festivals in the entire world, and one of the oldest too, running for nearly 600 years.
The Landshut Wedding festival in Bavaria is centred on a massive historical pageant, celebrating the medieval era. Every four years a couple of thousand people dress up to recreate the wedding between Hedwig and George from 1475 and to go with the pageant there are jousting bouts and some impressive feasting.
Although I’m ensconced in my temporary office at the front of the house, sitting up in the bed so I can keep my foot elevated after bunion surgery, this afternoon I had to hobble through to the office proper to take a phone call. Who should I spot casually sauntering across the footpath leading to the River Tweed but a handsome heron.
Being Scottish, I’m always on the lookout for free things to do when I visit London. Here are my travel tips for seven free things to do in London.
Watch a Free Show at Covent Garden
There were two guys pedaling unicycles with a young member of the audience throwing skittles for them to catch, when I was at Convent Garden. The best place to view the show is from the first floor terrace of the Punch and Judy pub. However only over 18s are allowed out onto the terrace.
Free entertainment at London’s Convent Garden
Be Dazzled by Colour at Neal’s Yard
I’d repinned photos of Neal’s Yard on to my London board on Pinterest. I happened to notice Neal St as I was heading north from Convent Garden. I assumed that they Yard would be close by. Sure enough, Neal’s Yard was up an alleyway. It was late afternoon on a cold March weekday, with very few people around, so I had one of the circular benches in the courtyard to myself.
I stayed at the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury for one night in mid March 2013, on a complimentary basis. The hotel is close to Russell Square tube station.
The lobby at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
I was allocated an executive room on the 6th floor. The room was really bright and airy, as it had two large windows.
Executive room at Holiday Inn London Blooomsbury
The room was a good size, with a very comfortable bed and an office chair at the desk. The bathroom was spacious and there was a bathrobe and slippers. The standard of maintenance and cleanliness of the room were very good. The room had air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilites, a safe and a mini-bar.
Sometimes when travelling, you’ve simply gotta go, and a device such as the Uriwell Adult, a unisex portable urinal, can be very useful. It’s around the size of a tin of beans, but is expandable. However, even at its minimum size, it would take up a fair amount of valuable space if you were travelling by air with only one carry on bag.
For a woman, it’s a lot easier to pee into than a bottle. I didn’t have any leakage when I used it. It’s more discreet for females to use a Uriwell when wearing a skirt. A woman wearing trousers would need to pull then down to near enough the knees to fit the Uriwell between the legs.
I’m not sure about its longevity, as the handle hinge looks like it might snap anytime. Once you’ve contracted and expanded the contraption a few times, I wonder if some stess points might start to leak. I held it upside down when it was full of water and it didn’t leak. However the base isn’t steady so it’s probably wise to keep it upright after use.
It’s quite hard to dry the Uriwell after washing, as the water lies in the folds.
I think that the Uriwell’s most practical use would be in the car, when you were delayed or couldn’t find a toilet. It’s easier to use if the car is stationary, as it’s better to perch on the edge of the seat during use, since most car seats slope back a bit.
I’ve also reviewed the Whiz Freedom, a urine director for women.
It was pretty grey and drizzly this morning as I walked from Travelodge London Bank to the Write on Finance Blog Up (I’m also a personal finance blogger) at Guoman Charing Cross. I took the scenic route along the River Thames Walkway from St Paul’s to Embankment. It’s amazing how much the Shard dominates the London skyline; I saw it as my train pulled into King’s Cross and it was very evident from the Thames Walkway by the Millennium Footbridge.
Although it was a rainy morning in London, I decided to don my waterproof gear and walk from the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury to the Guoman Charing Cross, the venue of the Write on Finance Blog Up I’d organised for my personal finance blog Help Me To Save. I had time for a wander around Trafalgar Square before going to the event venue. There were rows of white tents and a stage in Trafalgar Square; part of the Maslensita Russian Festival.
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.