Stink Room But It’s OK.

I moaned a little bit about my last room. It was musty smelling and a bit grubby. It was super basic but the surrounding gardens were lovely and there was a pool which was gorgeous. In Ubud, Bali, you don’t have access to the beach. Falling into a swimming pool is nothing but heaven when you have…

Indonesia, Bali Smells

As soon as you’re in the airport, Denpasar, your nose is treated to the delicate aroma of incense which permeates the air. The air smells warm, it feels warm as you inhale and there is the slight tinge of body sweat – that musty ‘I’m somewhere tropical’ smell. It isn’t bad, the sweat smell, It’s…

Spring Snow at Skibowl

So, you pack your spare shoes in a bag, stuff your clean socks in your purse and throw a hoody in the car with glee. We are off for fun day snow day!! I have lived in the Portland area for 4 years and shamefully never been up the mountain – Mount Hood! I know,…

Wanna Get Your Wiki Wacked?

  Refreshments are needed, where my beaches at? It’s sounds painful but getting your Wiki Wacked is very very common indeed in Avalon, Catalina. Visit Luau Larry’s, ask for a Wiki Wacker, drink the colourful and flamboyant looking cocktail and enjoy sporting a new straw beach hat! Luau Larry’s was frequented a few times during…

A Californian Island Resort

It’s The @/#king Catalina Wine Mixer! (for those who don’t know, this is a famous quote from the very funny film, Stepbrothers) Welcome to California’s little gem and island resort. Think quaint historic American old charm and wooden beach hut style mini houses, blended with a Mediterranean feel of crystal clear waters, boats, palm trees and white…

Nice Buns!

Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns are great, they are great at any time but somehow they just taste better at Easter, traditionally served on Good Friday – with a nice cuppa, obvs. These delicious little buns are sticky, fluffy, fruity and great slathered in a really good European style butter. You can also cut them…

Easter Biscuits 1958

Easter is this weekend so it is only right that I post some delicious Easter recipes. This biscuit recipe was handed down to me by my lovely Mum who was given this recipe in 1958 when she was at school. It hasn’t changed one bit. I’m not sure what makes these Easter Biscuits, other than you…

Finding Calm?

Imagine a serene and peaceful, tranquil retreat from the chaos and crowds. Quiet moments with just the gentle noises of nature, the water, the birds and the slight rustling of the leaves. Sounds good! In my idea of a weekend finding calm moments, I was sweetly reminded that in any quest for calm, noise is likely to come….

Hot yoga, hot or not? Cont…

Part 2 Happy hot power hour is over and I’m home, fed and showered. I attended hot vinyasa flow at my local yoga studio. Seriously, after taking a break then doing it again I know my body is going to ache tomorrow, in that good ‘I’ve exercised’ kind of way. It was hot (durr…it’s hot yoga) but…

Hot yoga, hot or not?

Part one. It’s Friday and it’s happy hour! My local yoga studio runs a ‘Happy Hot Power Hour’ every Friday from 5-6. Hot yoga? I hear you cry… yep, hot yoga. To some this may sound appealing but to others it sounds like hard work and horribly uncomfortable. This weekend I am focussing on finding some…

Victoria Sponge

This cake – traditionally simply called a Victoria Sandwich, was named after Queen Victoria (it was her favourite). The sponge cake was sandwiched with jam and… resembled a sandwich! Queen Vic is the chick that started the trend of having ‘afternoon tea’. In this recipe I have added a filling of fresh cream along with the jam….

I had a bath

No, not your regular bathtub bath. I had a Crystal Bowl Sound Bath. What? I know, sounds so ‘hippy’ and it was but it was cool and sometimes you have to just try stuff. A yoga studio near me had this sound bath event, and I thought I would try it out. All in the name of…