Christmassing with the Family

Everyone always says that Christmas is about the children. I mostly agree with that statement although like to think that I’m actually still a child really so it’s about me too! This year however I went back to the UK in the run up to Christmas and spent time with my niece and nephews. I…

The Bailiwick

After a wonderfully frustrating morning looking around the incredible Windsor Castle, and ahead of a long train journey home due to the stupid strikes, we stopped at The Baliwick for a little lunch.

Windsor Castle

What can I say?  One of the most beautiful and impressive places I have ever seen.  Also one of the most frustrating!! Why? Let me tell you…

Roast Dinner Diaries – Windsor Edition

Soooo, by now you should have worked out how much I like a roast dinner. You should also know that I have to have one every Sunday that I’m in the UK or it would be a waste. One person who certainly knows this about me is Justine. Last time I went to visit her…

Ascot Christmas Market

We had planned on heading into London to go to Winter Wonderland, but with the recent terror incident in London, and some free tickets to a local Christmas Market, we decided to stay closer to home. I was a little disappointed but mostly elated that I wouldn’t have to go on the train again so…

Windsor Great Park

NB: Not Great Windsor Park!! I’ve got this now! There are very few ways you can get me up before 8am and out for a walk. In fact, this may be the only time it has ever happened. I got up super early on my last trip to Bermuda to watch the sun rise, but…

Views from a Window

I have always said that one of the best things about being an expat is the people you meet. You have the opportunity to make life long friendships with people whose path you are highly unlikely to have passed had you stayed at home. One of those people is my friend, Justine. She recently moved…

National Day Celebrations

Although I was away for the actual day of UAE National Day, I was lucky enough to witness some of the celebrations! Emeratis, in my experience, are good people and National Day shines a light on that. I love how much national pride, inclusiveness (is that an actual word?!) and kindness come bursting out of…

RIP, Gary

Many moons ago, when I was still new to Dubai, I worked with a charity. Whatever It Takes was the brainchild of Charlotte di Vita, MBE. She worked out that by getting celebrities to do a quick drawing, you could licence it out to get put onto a multitude of items and make a lot…

Cipriani, DIFC

Not to be mixed up with Cipollini (who is a bike riding superstar, and very tasty to look at), Cipriani is a very snooty but tasty Italian restaurant in DIFC. I’ve only been once before because it’s really quite expensive, and it was such a treat! I didn’t think I would really have the opportunity…