September 21, 2016

a natural autumn

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It’s the eve of the Autumn Equinox. The moment that the last days of summer finally drift into misty, mellow autumn. Each year, I seem to find it harder and harder to bid farewell to summer’s golden charms and yet I do so love autumn, with its rusty hues, its fruit-laden branches and its bright, crisp days.

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September 12, 2016

the spellbinding charms of the Isles of Scilly

scillyblog-7scillyblog-10From the moment that we glimpsed them from the Skybus window, a scattering of green and gold islands in the middle of a jewel-bright sea, I knew that the Isles of Scilly were going to be magical. An unexpectedly exotic archipelago just a few miles West of the Cornish coast, the Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else that I have ever been.

Arriving on the islands is like stepping into a long-forgotten childhood dream. Endless sparkling golden beaches, deserted but for the seals and sea gulls; ruined castles; wrecks and tales of historical adventure. Moors to explore; long coastal hills to freewheel down on bicycles; boats to sail and treasure to dig for. Gardens like jungles; deserted cottages; turquoise waters in which to bathe. The spellbinding charms of the Isles of Scilly captured the heart of each and every one of our family.

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