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Oulu Cathedral, Finland

Oulu Cathedral, Finland

Life, Travel
Oulu – The fourth northernmost city in the world with over 100,000 inhabitants, known as the “capital of Northern Finland” and, surprisingly, home to the Air Guitar World Championships! Oulu ... Read more
2023 – A Review

2023 – A Review

Etc, Life
It’s that time of the year between Christmas and New Year when my energy totally disappears! However, at least this year I have dodged the old C.O.V.I.D. Thankfully! Travel After ... Read more
Helsinki Christmas Market

Helsinki Christmas Market

Life, Travel
Beneath the snowy steps of the city’s great white cathedral sits Senate Square, the location for Helsinki’s Christmas Market (locally known as “Tuomaan Markkinat”). This year the market runs from ... Read more
Valkohieta Beach, Finland

Valkohieta Beach, Finland

Life, Travel
Have you ever had a whole beach to yourself? On a hot day back in June, during my visit to Finland, my friend and I discovered we had an entire ... Read more
Manchester Street Art – August 2023

Manchester Street Art – August 2023

Travel
Last week I treated my niece to a trip to Manchester for a few days. I knew the trip would mostly be about shopping, but I also wanted to show ... Read more
Tankar Island, Finland

Tankar Island, Finland

Life, Travel
The small but beautiful island of Tankar can be found in the outer archipelago in the south of the Bay of Bothnia. The island was inhabited as early as the ... Read more
Postcards from Kannus, Finland

Postcards from Kannus, Finland

Life, Travel
Alighting from the Helsinki to Oulu bound train at Kannus, I arrived at my base for most of my stay in Finland. This sleepy Finnish town can be found in ... Read more
Postcards from Finland

Postcards from Finland

Life, Travel
Day 1 – Manchester to Helsinki I hadn’t flown in over 22 years and I hadn’t been abroad in over 15 years, so when I reconnected with a friend who ... Read more
More of Manchester Cathedral

More of Manchester Cathedral

Travel
Manchester Cathedral is much more than just its colourful, arty stained-glass windows. 2021 marked the 600th anniversary of the Royal Charter to establish the Collegiate Church of St Mary, St ... Read more
Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library

Books & Films, Travel
For anyone with a love of history and books, a visit to Chetham’s Library in Manchester is an absolute must! Founded in 1653, Chetham’s Library is the oldest surviving public ... Read more
St Anno’s Church, Llananno

St Anno’s Church, Llananno

Life, Travel
The church of St Anno might seem like an unassuming church beside the A483 between the Radnorshire villages of Llanbadarn Fynydd and Llanbister, but treasure lies within! Parking in the ... Read more
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Life, Travel
Nearly 120 years ago, steam trains began rattling their way between the Montgomeryshire towns of Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion carrying passengers and freight. Due to its tight curves and steep ... Read more
Supporting Small Businesses: Cat Cafe, Liverpool

Supporting Small Businesses: Cat Cafe, Liverpool

Life, Travel
After a couple of hours wandering around the shops in Liverpool city centre, where better a place to rest your feet, destress and relax than Liverpool’s very own Cat Cafe. ... Read more
Supporting Small Businesses: Caffi Clywedog

Supporting Small Businesses: Caffi Clywedog

Food, Life, Travel
My niece, on a sleepover at my place, wants to know what we’re doing tomorrow… In other words, she’s giving me a subtle hint that she would like to go ... Read more
Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral

Life, Travel
Liverpool Cathedral sits atop St James’ Mount, overlooking Liverpool’s city centre and docks. This Anglican Cathedral is one of two cathedrals in the city – the other, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, ... Read more