Driving in the UK can be trying

From roundabouts, or circles to the Saffers among you, with traffic lights around them (translation: robots), to parking places that you can barely fit a shopping trolley in, and roads so narrow that you almost have to close your eyes on encountering a vehicle traveling at breakneck speed around them, every minute is a new …

Best ever carrot cake?

So, my best ever slice of carrot cake was from the unpretentious Chocolate Theatre Cafe in Henley-on-Thames, UK.  It was mouthwateringly delicious, moist and not too sweet. Just perfect, in fact! And by the way, the House Baked Potato filled with luscious creamed leeks, bacon and parmesan was equally yummy and highly recommended, but you'll …

Parking machines are the bane of my life

Whoever invented parking machines should be hung, drawn and quartered. I didn't always have an issue with them really, at least not locally, as they were simple affairs that required you to produce a ticket, be advised of the charge, and insert a few coins that guaranteed you and your car would be released.  Since …

One of my all-time favourite places to visit

Loch Leven, on the borders of Fife and Perthshire, in Scotland, is a delight.  It's pretty, it's interesting and it's close to my mother's house.  Its biggest claim to fame, besides being our go-to-place for strawberry picking as children, is that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in its castle by her jealous cousin Queen …

Some days are just plain interesting

First, was a long looked forward to lunch with my previously long-lost cousin, at a pretty little pub in Hampshire called, The Watership Down.*    Yes, that’s it, just like that cute movie about rabbits.  As a sidebar, it was also notable because we were served by an extremely tall lady wearing a fringe as …