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Petworth House, West Sussex

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I'm very slowly trying to catch up on some long outstanding posts in between more recent ones. This one is a post, I'm ashamed to say, that actually goes back to just before I relocated to Scotland in September last year!
As those of you with long memories may recall I (and my husband for a while) lived back at my parents for a spell last year. If you come from or have lived in the UK (specifically England, Scotland has their August holiday earlier in the month) you'll also know there is a Bank Holiday at the very end of August, a kind of one last long weekend whilst the weather is hopefully still good enough to enjoy being outdoors. When I was growing up my parents and I would often visit a nearby attraction of some kind on Bank Holidays, making the most of the long weekend and my parents will usually still do this with friends or just by themselves. With this in mind my parents thought it would be nice for us to all go out together somewhere and we opted for Petworth Hou…

Edinburgh's Georgian Shadows

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Did you know Edinburgh's New Town is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year? The New Town, a part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage site, is marking the event, with a lumiere event showcasing the Georgian past of this part of the city. In addition to simply just celebrating the 250th anniversary of the New Town this is also a signature event in Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
We went down to have a look earlier this week, beginning the walk just off St Andrew Square and finishing up at Charlotte Square. It's a self guided walk (though I think there are also some guided walks you can join) so it's easy to go at your own pace, take as long as you like over the different stops, stop off somewhere mid-route for refreshments of some kind and is accessible to all. Most importantly though it's completely free to enjoy.





Along the route the link boys (there's one in the photo below) show you the route to follow. In case you don't …

The Peranakan Museum, Singapore

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Although much of our visit back to Singapore was about spending time catching up with old friends and eating we did also have some free time to visit places again and basically be a bit of a tourist. I've always enjoyed visiting museums, something Singapore does very well, though I did always think it a shame that they charged entrance fees just to view the regular exhibits, but going back to one was on my list of things to try and do.

One of the many museums I visited when we lived there, but a long time ago and one my husband had never done was the Peranakan museum on Armenian Street. During my time living in Singapore I not only enjoyed a lot of Peranakan food but also appreciated their beautiful pottery and needlework designs plus the gorgeous colours and designs on many of the shophouses. I thought it all so pretty that before we left I made sure I bought my own little piece of Peranakan inspired pottery as one of many permanent souvenirs of our time in the country. As we had…

What did you do in Singapore? We ate!

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We've just returned from a holiday in Singapore, our first visit back since leaving last year. I admit I had a few nerves about going back beforehand. I was excited to be seeing old friends and old haunts but also a little worried that it might all seem too weird and odd and I actually wouldn't enjoy myself. You often hear people saying you shouldn't go back and having had five and a half incredibly happy years there I didn't want to taint that in someway. However luckily it was fine, yes a bit strange at times knowing we were only visiting, but still underneath that great fun and it was good to be back. In actual fact, given that neither myself or my husband really wanted to leave when we had to, our return visit helped me, at least, lay a few ghosts to rest. It proved it's great to be back but also that it was equally nice to come home again, back to all our things and, of course, our cat who I always miss when we travel, no matter for how long it is.
I'm not…

Little-Known Places - Water of Leith Walkway: Stockbridge, Dean Village and St Bernard's Well, Edinburgh

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If you're a regular reader of this blog and if you read my Singapore one too you'll know we like to go for walks when we can and Edinburgh, whilst a good deal hillier than Singapore, doesn't disappoint for options.
We live in an area of Edinburgh called Stockbridge which happens to be on the route of the Water of Leith Walkway therefore just begging to be walked (even if not all at once) by us. The complete walk runs from Balerno, a suburb of Edinburgh eight miles from the city centre to Leith and covers a total of twelve miles. As I mentioned we've done different stretches  at different times and I shall gradually share posts on these but as we live in Stockbridge we started there on our first walk on this route.

From our flat it really is just a very short walk to a very convenient starting point for the walk, just across the bridge in the photo below, down a staircase and you're besides the water ready to head towards Dean Village and beyond if you wish. This st…

Tony Singh's Restaurant at the Apex Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh

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We've been to Tony Singh's Edinburgh restaurant, in the Apex Hotel on the Grassmarket, a couple of times now, the first on a whim and the second time to take family who were visiting. The first time came about purely because I happened to see him walk past our flat. At the time I wasn't certain if it was him but a quick Internet search established he came from Edinburgh and had a restaurant here and so I began to wonder if it had been. Later that same day I went out and happened to see him again confirming that my earlier sighting had most likely been him too and not just someone who bore a slight resemblance. All of this then got us thinking, as we'd become aware of him whilst living in Singapore and had enjoyed a few cooking programmes with him in, and as a result we booked into his restaurant for dinner. Incredibly random I know but that tends to be how we are when it comes to deciding on places to eat, events will often dictate our choices. As a result of having a …

The Weekend Before Christmas

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It's New Year's Eve and we've survived that weird time between Christmas and New Year where nobody knows quite what day it is anymore, TV programmes are all Christmas specials and one offs and you're still eating Christmas leftovers and tonnes of chocolate on a daily basis. With extra bank (public) holidays too this year as Christmas fell on a Sunday and more to come with New Year's Day also on a Sunday plus living in Scotland so benefitting from another day's holiday it really has been a slightly surreal time.

The weekend before Christmas though we went down to London to meet up with friends from Singapore who were home in the UK for Christmas with their families. Our visit did coincide with a delayed flight down plus an ongoing train strike so it was a bit chaotic getting there but once we did arrive we were able to enjoy a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park on the Saturday, a wander around the lights of Regent and Oxford Streets that evening, a touristy …