Instructions for writing about Africa

A satirical, very pointed, quite painful, set of instructions for writing a novel about Africa (for Non-African readers). I thought my clichéd “white person on safari” photo accompanied it rather nicely. Continue reading

Random things I learned in Cornwall

As is common when you travel, you encounter odd or unusual things. You meet different people, notice the differences of the place to where you come from, and pick up some interesting snippets of information. With that in mind, I’d thought I’d share 3 random facts I learnt on my week away. And by random, I really mean Random … Continue reading

The Terrace Tea Rooms, Port Isaac

There are few moments in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

– Henry James

 I have to be honest and say that I didn’t like Port Isaac much and wouldn’t recommend it as a place to go. Boscastle had much more to offer in terms of scenery and the food and shopping was of a much better quality. That being said, you have to go to Port Isaac for just one afternoon and go to the Terrace Tea Rooms. It is an absolutely fantastic place! Continue reading

Boscastle: our favourite place in all of North Cornwall

The day started out as a bit of a disaster. This seems to be a running theme with Sophia and I on this holiday! Meh, it’s ok, we just suck at life that’s all. We had the whole day planned, a nice brunch out, a trip to the south coast, an afternoon tea in St Ives. Luckily, Sophia double checked the opening times for the place we were intending to visit for brunch and realised that it was closed on Sundays.

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A cottage by the sea

Sophia and I have been staying at a beautiful Cornish cottage. Thought I’d share some photos of where we’ve been staying. It is a truly amazing place, settled in a hamlet on the west coast. We saw some great sunsets and the place itself is so peaceful and beautiful.  Continue reading

Walking from Treligga to Trebarwith

Our morning writing session completed, Sophia and I decided to walk around the beautiful Cornish coast and find some well deserved tea and scones. Well that was the plan anyway … Continue reading

The City of Bath, Jane Austen, Buns and fudge

On our way to Cornwall, Sophia and I decided to have a quick stop in Bath. From the moment we arrived we had our heads looking up at all the wonderful buildings. The architecture is stunning … and dangerous since we nearly walked out onto the road into traffic a number of times because we weren’t looking where we were going.

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Cornwall retreat

Well, I am off to Cornwall. I can’t wait! I haven’t been before (I know, I know, worst English person ever) but it’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. With so many references in books and poems I’ve read, not to mention films and tv shows, I’m excited to see it with my own eyes. Fingers crossed it inspires me as much as it has inspired other writers.  Continue reading

Amerika Haus C/O Berlin: Magnum Contact Sheet exhibition

While in Berlin, I visited the Amerika Haus, which just re-opened in 2014, to see the excellent Magnum Contact Sheets exhibition. Continue reading