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From Tulip Mania to Tulip Vodka

Evidently you can make vodka out of just about anything that can be fermented. As to its taste that basically comes down to what sort of flavour you want to achieve. We are, by the way, talking about the regular vodka, not the fruit flavoured variety. And, for Joris Putman in Holland the flavour was […]

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Binary Botanical

Binary Botanical has been styled as a wine-lovers’ beer – but for us with its unique taste it falls between them both. Our congratulations to Danielle Bekker, head brewer and one of the co-founders of the Good Living Brew Company for this innovative new, sparkling, beverage. Whilst we certainly picked-up botanicals our palettes aren’t good […]

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Towpath – Recipes and Stories

In the spring or summer when lockdown from Covid 19 or its variants is over and we can travel and met up with friends again you could well find us in London walking along the Regent’s canal in De Beauvoir Town, London N 1 in search of a canal side café/eaterie called Towpath. We love […]

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Europe

Tile painting and Royal Delft

We make no secret of the fact that we love visiting the Netherlands. And one of our most favourite cities is Delft – the city where Vermeer lived and painted and which also specialises in splendid blue and white tiles and pottery – Royal Delft. Delft is a charming city dating back to about 1075 […]

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Destinations

Volcanoes to the Devil’s Nose

The Avenue of the Volcanoes has been well named. Anna Hyman and Jackie Marriott joined the mountainous route close to Quito the capital of Ecuador and followed it to Riobamba marvelling at its snow-capped volcano summits, stunning valley scenery, the Devils Nose railway, small towns with lively markets, friendly people and their interesting way of […]

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Wider World

Wine Days Out in Victoria, Australia

We asked the specialists at Wine Compass to shine a spotlight on two wine regions in Victoria, south east corner Australia – the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula. These cool climate regions produce something very different to what a lot of people expect from Australian wine, and are also amazing places to visit. Mornington […]