During my pregnancy, I suffered from gestational diabetes, which meant I was tired a lot more than usual for pregnancy and even sometimes bed-bound as my energy levels were low. I was desperate for an adventure but I knew there was no way I’d be getting on a plane abroad with my condition. I didn’t want to risk raising my blood pressure or getting blood clots so I had to settle for something more practical in the U.K. We decided on the Cotswolds after my mother had been there and had talked endlessly of how she wanted to retire there. For those who don’t know, the Cotswolds is a rural region in south east England covering Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. The area has been preserved since medieval times with stately homes, churches and pubs. There are areas of newer buildings but they tend to be built of the same distinct limestone. Kate Moss famously got married here as it is very picturesque. Other celebrities who live in the area include Prince Harry and Duchess Megan Markle who reportedly rent a thatched cottage, Hugo Grant, Sir Patrick Stewart and my favourite, Damien Hirst.
So after almost a year away from blogging, I’m baaaaaack! I’ve missed blogging but I had to take some time off social media and I’ll tell you why.
London hotels and restaurants are reinventing the afternoon tea tradition. In time for Mother's Day, here are some of my favourite tea spots with themes such as Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast.
It might not surprise you that when I travel, I like to bring home souvenirs to remind me of where I have visited. It is not unusual for travellers to do this. The tourism industry thrives on selling trinkets for tourists to take home, such as Big Ben fridge magnets or wooden toy Russian dolls. I collect art so when I travel I tend to buy paintings by local artists of places such as Lapa in Rio de Janeiro and Mekong River in Ho Chi Minh City. I have now found that it is better to decorate my home with stand out pieces from abroad, rather than trinkets that get out on a shelf and are rarely looked at.
Africa is in my blood so it should not surprise you that I have found ways to bring Africa to my lovely garden flat in London. That is not to say that my home is filled with Zebra rugs and ivory clocks. No, I have found ways to decorate modestly and inexpensively.
What is it about sunsets that make you feel philosophical? I love exploring the world but I believe the best thing about travelling is watching the sun go down from another side of the world. I'm forever chasing a life-affirming sunset. My sister mocks me for the way I chase that perfect sunset. She says that the sun sets the same no matter where you are on an island. I disagree. It's hard to explain how sunsets make me feel. Every sunset is different and every sunset tells its own story about the day. And every sunset looks different depending on where you are viewing it from. I have so many photographs of sunsets but I have managed to narrow down my top 5.