The Ultimate Day Out for a Jane Austen Fan

The Ultimate Day Out for a Jane Austen Fan

I’ve written a guide to the ultimate day out for a Jane Austen Fan, everything you need from the pre-trip preparation to the full day itinerary.

Want to take your Jane Austen fan out for the best, day, EVER? Well literary fans, this one is for you.

Take a look at this itinerary that will fully immerse any Austen fan in Jane’s world.

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A guide to artisan UK Flour Mills currently delivering

A guide to artisan UK Flour Mills currently delivering

Find the essential ingredient for baking with this guide to UK flour mills across the UK.

Lockdown has driven us to literally live our best Great British Bake Off lives. Have you been whipping up banana bread, pancakes and loaves? Because I have.

Flour is rarer than gold dust. Even Attenborough is impressed when he spies the lesser spotted bread flour.

It took me three weeks to get one bag of flour and it was the last one on the shelf.

That’s when it hit me, I need to go direct to the source.

Not having any luck at the supermarket finding flour? Well, have I GOT YOU!

I have put together the little black book of artisan UK flour mills selling by region.

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Kit For Your Trip – Osprey Sojourn 80 Convertible Wheeled Travel Backpack

Kit For Your Trip – Osprey Sojourn 80  Convertible Wheeled Travel Backpack

Looking for a suitcase that you can wheel or wear?

It took me a long time to find a bag that ticked all my travel needs and could adapt to a trip that consisted of a mix of back packing, hostel, motel and hotel staying.

I couldn’t find anything that was versatile enough, I needed something that would make airport life manageable but, also something that could go on my back if the situation called for it.

When I laid eyes on the Osprey Sojourn 80, I knew it was the one. It is the hybrid of suitcases because it has proper backpack hiking straps, wheels and a pull along handle – all while being big enough for a month long trip.

The obsession continued for about a month before I gave in and bought it for my trip to Australia. It did not disappoint, I love it and here’s why…

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Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton Village

Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton Village

Pride & Prejudice. Emma. Sense & Sensibility. Literary classics written by one powerhouse woman, Jane Austen, in a beautiful cottage in Hampshire.

In fact she wrote and revised all her published works here and the house is now considered the most important Austen site in the world.

If you are a big Austen fan or know one, then a visit might be for you, here’s everything you need to know for a great day out…

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Breakfast by the river at The Longholme, Bedford

Breakfast by the river at The Longholme, Bedford

Breakfast by the river is the best way to romanticise your Saturday morning meal. Fresh air, tasty food and a catch up with friends and family in a place that feels like you’re in a film, well that’s one powerful aesthetic. These are my favourite kinds of places.

In the quaint parks of Bedford hides a brilliant little cafe by the rowing club called The Longholme. It balances those smarter vibes with some more casual ones and could easily be the scene for a cute date or a family catch up.

Even drizzly mornings can be perked up with a couple of hours beside a beautiful riverside, add in food and you’re golden.

It’s a hidden part of Bedford that you’re going to want to put on your visit list…

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Brunch at Home Coffee, Southsea

Brunch at Home Coffee, Southsea

Portsmouth is blessed to be a coffee shop mecca on the south coast. There’s tons of beautiful independent coffee shops spread out sporadically throughout the graffiti lined streets of Southsea.

A while ago I found Home Coffee, a gorgeous understated little place near the start of Albert Road in Southsea. And, its name does it justice, it feels like you’re at home.

This place oozes cosy coffee shop vibes. I love people watching and spending slow mornings reading, writing and drinking coffee. And, this is the place to do it!

People pop in and out for takeaways, there are other people pottering about their mornings and there’s the perfect window seat to watch the world go by.

Here’s a look at Home Coffee…

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Spring style from Lighthouse clothing

Spring style from Lighthouse clothing

ᵃᵈ  Discovering new brands is fun, especially when its clothes! Lighthouse is new to me, based in Northern Ireland, this coastal living brand is a great all rounder with a focus on outdoor jackets.

Recently I was gifted some great items from its new collection this season just before we all went into lock down. I can’t wait to wear them out once this is all over.

Here’s the items I’ve picked to see me through Spring…

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Five top food shows on Netflix in 2020

Five top food shows on Netflix in 2020

Deliveroo and Uber Eats do not deliver to my area, and I do not live in a remote place, I’m not bitter…much!

When I’m at home, which at the moment like most of you, is all the time, I’ll be getting my foodie kicks from a bit of home cooking and whatever series Netflix can offer me!

I’ve found some cracking series that will give you all the food thrills and spills with a little travel along the way too.

Here’s my top five food shows on Netflix…

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10 TV shows to watch for travel inspiration in 2020

10 TV shows to watch for travel inspiration in 2020

Here are 10 great travel shows, films or series to lift you up, take you on a journey and get your mind pondering over where in the world to visit next.

From chuckles with comedians to serious travel journalism, there’s a little something to appeal to every kind of traveller on this list. And, so much to watch you’ll not be bored in your down time between trips!

Delve into current shows streaming on Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Channel 4’s All 4.

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