Month: July 2017

Little House Redecoration

The redecoration of my little house was never going to be a quick process, who ever said retirement was boring, it’s a case of doing as much as I can, when, and if I can. A new build house has the benefits of being low maintenance for at least ten years, but four years in, the ‘almond white’ walls are needing a refresh with paint! My bedroom had a refresh a couple of years ago, and I’m liking Dulux ‘chiffon white’ with a flat matt finish. A small house needs light and white to create a sense of space to make it appear bigger than it really is. I’m keeping my blue and white theme with a touch of grey maintaining a Scandi feel…. I do so like cool and calm and neutral. In my lounge I’m keeping my sofa bed for welcome visitors and l will bring in some new pictures for the walls.   I have found a Swedish company – Desenio, whose products are so reasonably priced to start with, means you …

Bedern Hall: Your Local Lunch Club

York does well for Halls. Between the Merchant Adventurers, Merchant Taylors, Jacobs Well, Folk Hall and the Guildhall there are a number of grand buildings ripe to host all manner of events. Arguably a touch less well publicised is Bedern Hall, just off Goodramgate, that has slipped under the radar in building itself up as a dining venue. Now, Your Local Lunch Club at Bedern Hall offers a monthly lunch club serving local produce at a fair price. I have to confess it hadn’t really registered with me until I was asked to go along and take a look. It is a great hidden gem of a venue to have lunch with friends, take business colleagues, or fit into a shopping trip when in town. I went along to lunch recently as a guest of The Local Lunch Club. Looking round the venue was a nice chance to discover one of York’s hidden gems. Perhaps a touch more modest than the larger halls in York, Bedern – its building started from 1370 until  1399 to complete, is packed full of character and …

Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing

Having had to cancel this trip last year due to being ill, I had feelings of both great excitement and trepidation when sailing out of Southampton on the Queen Mary 2 in June. I had been really looked forward to 8 nights at sea, and I had long dreamed of sailing into New York…but I’m saving that post for another day. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean aboard the iconic Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is a truly unique travel experience. Important to note, the Queen Mary 2 is a true ocean liner, not a typical cruise ship. Built with a double hull and four stabilizers, the bow was designed to slice through the seas like a hot knife through butter so like its historic predecessors, can comfortable and safely traverse the rugged North Atlantic year-round. Actually, for anyone who has ever enjoyed sea days aboard a cruise ship, that experience should be at the top of a “to-do” travel list. The QM2, which carries more than 2,000 guests, is 17 decks high – approximately the equivalent of …

In a nutshell: June was travel

Yes, I’ve been travelling the last few weeks, and I’m beginning to get a little bit confident in believing that my travel mojo is back! When your confidence gets squashed after several years of being ill, you tread a very cautious line in believing that life can return to anything like normal again, and adapt is what I am learning to do. So……where have I been?? I’m going to do full posts on my trip later, but it falls into three adventures, so watch out for my posts in the coming days. A voyage (not a cruise) across the North Atlantic on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 (known as QM2), including the dramatic rescue of a lone sailor, followed by a day stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And then the ultimate – a biggie ticked off my retirement bucket list – to sail into New York at dawn!! A whistle stop foodie tour of New York in four hours. And discovering the lifestyle in a lovely part of New England, with a little food and …