Wednesday, 22 October 2014

MY NEW BLOG ABOUT LINCOLNSHIRE

I am on a mission to prove to the world what a great place Lincolnshire is, so on Lincolnshire Day I started my new blog www.365goodreasonstovisitlincolnshire. I intend to post as often as I can (in between trips to Italy!)  about all the amazing places there are to visit in our lovely county.


WHITE TRUFFLES AND BAROLO IN ALBA

I recently went on a press trip to the International White Truffle Fair in Alba. Hosted by the Langhe Roero Tourist Board in Piedmont in Italy





it  was a whirlwind of foodie events and wine tastings and some truffle hunting thrown in. I met some lovely people and learnt a lot. See my article all about it in the Christmas issue of Italia! magazine

Saturday, 16 August 2014

A BUSY SUMMER

I have been making the most of the great weather we have been having and been out visiting lots of interesting places. First of all I visited Gunby Hall , a National Trust property near Spilsby in Lincolnshire, with a fascinating history and an absolutely beautiful garden. A few weeks later I visited Grimsthorpe Castle, near Bourne in Lincolnshire on one of the rare rainy days we got. I managed to get a walk in the grounds and a really interesting tour round. An ancestor of mine was a gamekeeper there so I was particularly pleased to get the chance to explore.
At the end of July I spent a weekend in Darlington, which turned out to be a great place to visit. I worked my way down the coast visiting Saltburn , Staithes and Whitby all beautiful places but all very different.
Last week I visited The Manor House at Hemingford Grey near St Ives. This is where the author Lucy Boston lived and where she based her bestselling series of childrens books about the Children of Green Knowe. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in England and is totally unique and well worth a visit. Look at the website www.greenknowe.co.uk for more information. I also visited St Ives on this visit which is a beautiful little town with a brilliant little museum. If you visit Hemingford Grey do make time visit St Ives as well.











Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bella Italia

Had a wonderful time on my press trip to Lake Orta. Stayed in a couple of lovely hotels -The Villa Crespi in Orta and the Giardinetto in Pettanasco and was taken all around the area by Silvia from the local tourist board. We had a great time and got on really well. It is a really beautiful area with lots to see which you can read about in my forthcoming article in Italia magazine.
Back home in sunny Lincolnshire I did a couple of great walks for Country Walking magazine around Caistor and Belvoir Castle. Both had bits of the Viking Way on them . Most walks I do in Lincolnshire seems to include a bit of it -it gets everywhere!! I also have a couple of articles out in the May issue of Lincolnshire Life magazine. One about Staycations in Lincolnshire and the other about the history of Tolethorpe Hall. All in all a busy month with lots more exciting stuff being planned as I speak!







Thursday, 20 March 2014

An Italian spring

After a quiet few weeks over Christmas and the New Year life is getting busy again. I had a good trip down to London in February to the Italian Tourist Board Press Awards and although my article didn't win  I met some interesting people and made good contacts  and the food and drink were good too! I have just come back from a hectic few days in Naples and Rome and in April I am off to Lake Orta on a press trip. My Ascoli Piceno article is in this months Italia magazine and I have my Woodhall walk coming out in Country Walking magazine and an article about the history of Tolethorpe Hall in Lincolnshire Life. I am off to Highgate Cemetery in May. I am thinking about doing an article on Victorian cemeteries. They are amazing places and I already have some good photographs of Brompton cemetery where Emmeline Pankhurst is buried.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

My feet have not touched the ground!

What a few weeks I have had! I have become a granny for the second time, had five days in Milan, been to Ragdale Hall for  the day  and been to the Italian Cultural Institute to an event about Le Marche. Added to that I have been offered the chance to write regularly about walks in Lincolnshire for Country Walking Magazine. There is also all the boring stuff to contend with like housework  and the gym but needs must!! I also relived my lost youth dancing the night away to Jimmy James and the Vagabonds at the iconic Gliderdrome dance hall  in my home town of Boston which has played host to many famous names including Elton John and T.Rex .


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Living like a local in Le Marche

I have had a great month. I spent a wonderful week living like a local in Le Marche  . With it being such an untouristy area I finally got chance to use my Italian. So many times in places like Florence  and Rome  I have tried to speak Italian but as soon as they realise I am English they speak English back. Ascoli  Piceno was a beautiful city to explore and as for the Sibillini Mountains I shall return as soon as I can to  try out some of the great walks.  From our balcony in our little  hill town we had the best view I have ever seen. I would certainly recommend Le Marche if you fancy somewhere different away from the crowds.

 I also visited Stamford where they were holding a Georgian Festival. Recently voted the best place to live in the country it is a beautiful town with   a great deal to offer .

At the end of August I did a couple of walks in the Lincolnshire Wolds which are featured in my article in the November issue of Country Walking magazine.

I now have plans to visit Milan, before Christmas and in the New Year I am off to Rome and Florence.