Deck the Halls……..

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Like most people, we have Decked the Halls this week.  I have added a little splash of colour to our tree this year with some copper baubles. It ties the tree in nicely with the colours that are already in that room. It is just a very subtle splash of colour that has made all the difference. Even Himself is pleased with the result and he doesn’t usually notice until Christmas Eve. I have.. Read More

Leaving a Mince Pie for Santa

My Captured Moment (2)

My Captured Moment this week is from Christmas Eve 2004. Evie was at that magical age when she was just beginning to understand that something special was happening. In this picture, she has her new pajamas and slippers on, the fairies will have left them under the tree earlier in the day. Her hair is still damp from her bath “for Father Christmas”. She has left the mince pie and diet coke for.. Read More

One Magical City

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It is feeling very Christmassy in Liverpool this year. On Saturday,  we were  invited to explore the city and see what there is to do here this Christmas. Jules this post is mostly for you and your impending visit. Our first stop was St George’s Hall which is opposite Lime Street Station. This year it has been taken over by DreamWorks Lights . Inside the hall you will find a range of characters from.. Read More



I saw this quote recently and it really struck a chord. As we fast approach Christmas, it is one to use with all of those reluctant participants. I wholeheartedly hold my hand up to this, I hate having my photograph taken. I am much happier behind the camera than in front of it. Indeed, I often laugh to myself because looking at my photo file on my lap top, you would think that I never.. Read More

Santa Claus is coming to town…


We spent most of yesterday enjoying all that Liverpool has to offer this Christmas. The city is feeling very festive. Down by the waterfront, we were delighted to spot The Santa Bus. It reminded us that Santa Claus is coming to town and this year, you can take your little ones to meet him on his bus. You will not be surprised to learn that the bus was manned by some very friendly Elves… Read More



During our recent visit to Turkey one of the places that Ellie wanted to see was Ephesus. To be absolutely honest, I was not that bothered because I thought if you have seen one ampitheatre you have seen them all  and we don’t live that far from Chester ha! But given that we were there to celebrate Ellie’s birthday, I went along for the ride. It was an interesting ride too because our taxi.. Read More

Keep Calm and Love a Vegetarian – Please!


1990 was quite a big year for me, I got married and became a vegetarian, the two events were most definitely linked. I had made a very early connection between the sweet new born lambs that I saw in the fields and the chops in our freezer, but my mum wasn’t the sort to experiment with food, so I had to wait to begin my vegetarian journey. Having taken the plunge, I was.. Read More



This time of year is really tough on Jack. It gets dark so early that it is difficult to let him off his lead on his daily walks. However, at the weekend when he is allowed his freedom, he is off like a racehorse. These photographs were taken in New Brighton, Wirral. I wish I had taken this image on a manual setting and been able to capture the water more clearly. However,.. Read More

Evie’s Special Night


Our internet connection at home has been a nightmare this week. It seems that the wind and the rain has left us hanging, so to speak. We changed provider just over a year ago, but it appears to be worse than ever. Therefore, please accept my apologies for radio silence on here and twitter, I will catch up as soon as I can. In other news, it has been a very special week.. Read More

A Postcard from Turkey


It feels like a long time since I felt the sun on my face, but it has only been two weeks since we returned from Turkey. We stayed in a pretty hotel that had two private beaches, this one was my favourite. There seemed to be lovely views in every direction.   The sea is actually at the end of this gorgeous path. This was one of our favourite places to sit on.. Read More