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At long last I decided to take a holiday, here I am in Spain on the Costa del Sol. Apart from my frequent visits to Italy I hardly know the rest of Europe, I visited Spain about 30yrs ago with … Continue reading

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Encaustic art

I signed up for 3 lessons of encaustic art, not having any idea what it was but as I love to learn any art techniques I put my money down. Encaustic art is “painting” with hot was using a small … Continue reading

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Hotel star ratings

Hotel star ratings.

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Local open garden day

Yesterday was the start of the national garden day on the West Wight. Local communities have come together to very graciously open up to the public their beautiful and well loved and tended gardens. We visited five yesterday, all within … Continue reading

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The old Gaffers festival

Last weekend was full of music, song and dance to the back drop of the most colourful and dressed up boats on the Isle of Wight. The old Gaffers festival had its 50th celebrations. A Gaff rigged boat has a … Continue reading

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Yesterday was gloriously sunny so off we went for a drive through the countryside. We passed through the very Picturesque village of Chillerton on the Isle of Wight. The locals had come together to decorate the village with humorous scarecrows … Continue reading

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First class with Cathay Pacific airways

I decided to use all my Asia miles on a one way first class ticket from Hong Kong to London. What a terrific experience I had. First was the newly refurbished first class lounge with soft leather chesterfield sofas and … Continue reading

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