And it was all Yellow!

Old Yellow Fiat 500

It's rainy, windy, dreary and very grey outside. Well it is January I suppose. Being a sun-lover, Mr. C hates this time of the year and moans like crazy about wanting sunshine and warmth every time his weather app disappoints him with its fairly predictable predictions. We live in The UK - a temperate climate with very few weather upsets, after all. It rarely gets

The Journey Home – Part Two – The Long Haul

British Airways 777

Oh well, looks like Mrs C’s put me on the spot here.  Her reporting on all the brilliant bits of the Koh Phangan to Bangkok journey already make me very reminiscent and brimming with an urge to go somewhere really nice again - soon!Long-haul air travel isn’t - and never has been - one of my favourite pastimes, having spent many years working in places

Amsterdam Day 2


Right now I'm sitting outside a cafe near Dam Square, Grolsch in hand, people watching and thinking about yesterday's visit to Anne Frank's House.People of all shapes and sizes, creed and colour are milling around and I can't help but wonder if any of them are feeling more anxious about their situation now that a certain racist, orange-faced, Shredded-Wheat haired objectionable buffoon is the Head Honcho

The Thumbs Up or The Thumbs Down?

So this week, here's who I'm giving The Thumbs Up or The Thumbs Down to..... The Thumbs Up The Thumbs Up definitely for Botanicals Anti-Ageing Facial Serum from the Botanicals Rose & Camellia face care range. A little goes a long way and my skin is feeling much more hydrated when I wake up. I don't use it in the morning as I prefer not to use facial oils under

No Talk with TalkTalk

Sometimes it just beggars belief that a company, whose sole purpose is to serve you as a customer, can get it so, so wrong. I refer here to our dealings with one of the UK’s largest telecoms providers concerning what should have been a simple home move.My parents moved home recently and, getting on a bit in their years, rely quite heavily on both the telephone

Love Is In The Air

John Paul Young has a lot to answer for. I have a constant earworm  at the moment and it's all his fault.Everywhere you go, the shops and restaurants are ablaze with posters and bunting shouting at us that February is the month of love and that, in case we hadn't noticed, it's nearly Valentine's Day.Now I'm romantic and can be very sentimental. I have all

The Hay Festival and My Competition Win!

Some of you will know that last year, I won a competition run by Vintage Books.It was a pretty amazing prize, consisting of a weekend stay in a B&B near Hay-on-Wye during the Hay Festival, tickets to numerous talks and events taking place there, a pair of Hunter Wellies for us both and the entire Deborah Moggach back catalogue!Now I love Deborah Moggach anyway so

I Could Get Used To Champagne Afternoon Tea!

A few weeks back all my daughters were home in Cardiff for the same weekend and so we'd planned a double birthday celebration girls'day out.We started off with a few cocktail teapots in Revolucion de Cuba and then mosied on over to The Park Plaza feeling just the nice side of squiffy. We were booked in for their Champagne Afternoon Tea and I'm really glad

Things I’ve Loved & Things I’ve Hated Recently

Over the past few months there have been quite a few things I've loved and hated but have forgotten to tell you about. So I thought I'd write about a few of them alltogether in one blog!Recently, for example, my YSL Touche Eclat ran out and I just couldn't face a trek into town to get a new one. I'm forever hearing about alternatives which

Kia Picanto – His and Hers

Kia Picanto

This is an interesting one... a two-pronged fork, so-to-speak, about spending a week with the little Kia Picanto City. I'll start with Mrs C's view and then you can see what I thought about it all.Mrs C says..."Argghhhhh .... I've just been asked what I thought of the Kia Picanto which Mr. C and I had to trial a few weekends ago. I hasten to add