National Trust Tyntesfield House and Gardens

Tyntesfield is a National Trust property in Somerset. Some people believe that Tyntesfield is in Bristol, as it is so close to the border. The large Victorian house has extensive gardens and parklands, which I visited last week.

Beaches 30 minutes from Cardiff

There are so many beaches only 30 minutes from Cardiff. I have taken some artistic licence, your travel time will depend on which side of the city you are travelling from, and of course the time of day you are driving. It may also take longer on public transport. If you are coming from North Cardiff it will be quicker to go west to areas such as Bridgend and Porthcawl. And from East of the city, it will be quicker to get to Penarth, Barry and Llantwit Major.

From the sandy beach at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, you can walk or cycle along the Coastal Path

5 reasons why you should consider a staycation

The second half of 2020 is going to be all about staycations. Staying in the UK for a holiday is becoming increasingly popular, especially after months of lockdown caused by COVID-19. Why should you consider it? Here are 5 reasons why you should consider taking a staycation.

A staycation in one of my favourite places, Polperro in Cornwall in October 2019

Cardiff Series: The interesting history of Roath Park in Cardiff

Cardiff is my hometown, and I feel very passionately about its landmarks, history and culture. If you live or are from Cardiff, you would have driven past or visited Roath Park at some point. It is surrounded by huge Victorian houses and has always been an affluent part of the city, even if there are a few ‘dodgy’ streets nearby. Most people can say they have walked or jogged around the lake, or fed the birds – or in my case, chased by the birds. There have also been wedding proposals. It’s somewhere where you can watch your children or grandchildren play. You can hire a boat and float around the lake. Plus, the lighthouse, a memorial to the ill-fated Captain Scott, is one of the most Instagrammable locations in Cardiff.

Roath Park Lighthouse