A Lot of Love for Lanzarote

As the wet, windy and dark evenings of October in Yorkshire encroached on my friends and family back home, I couldn’t have felt as satisfied and content as I did on the evening of 23rd October as I sat bare-legged and barefooted on the sands of playa de los Charcos, the quieter beach of the three in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. The moment, a snapshot in my memory as a very nearly perfect moment as just me and my daughter relaxed alone on the beach, the bleached white sands accentuating the colour of our tanning skin.... Full story

Burnley House, Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

If you're looking for a rural retreat for a short break or holiday in Yorkshire and want somewhere with lots to do right on your doorstep, then a holiday in Hutton-le-Hole could be just what you're looking for. Burnley House is a pretty B&B in the heart of the village, close to all the visitor attractions: the Ryedale Folk Museum, the craft centre, tea rooms and local pub. ... Full story

Not just a room with a view

The cottages at Swaledale House each have heavenly views, but then so does the hot tub that comes with them. Uninterrupted views of Swaledale from window, balcony or tub: what more could you want from a break in The Dales? ... Full story

Diving Delights of the Red Sea

Thirty years ago the people of the Sinai Peninsula were still recovering after a bitter war. Settlements like Sharm-el-Sheikh were Bedouin fishing ports and visiting scuba divers, inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s exploration of the reefs of the northern red sea, found the facilities meagre at best. Non Egyptians were either religious pilgrims visiting St Catherine’s Monastery to climb Mount Sinai or those same diving pioneers lugging primitive yet robust diving gear across the desert.... Full story

A non-skiing winter trip to Graubünden in the Swiss Alps

Switzerland at Christmas – it conjures up some great images: snowy peaks, hot chocolate, warm mountain-top cafes and of course skiing, but what if you don’t ski? Travel writers Angie and Richard Aspinall found there’s plenty to enjoy in the Swiss canton of Graubünden without a ski pass.... Full story

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"Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya. She is passionate about animal welfare, and lives in south-west France with a menagerie of dogs, cats, pygmy goats, chickens and a parrot. Her first book "Best Foot Forward" was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by "Two Steps Backward" in 2004, and "A Perfect Circle" in 2006. Since 2011 Susie's books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic. If her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour."

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