Friday, 30 September 2016

Travel to the Golden Gardens of Dorset

Getting away from it all may only be a few miles away or even on your doorstep.

If it's a day out to wander and chill out you won't go far wrong with a visit to the golden gardens of Dorset.

 About a 45 minute drive

That's on a good day, from Lymington to Canford Cliffs in Poole.
Compton Acres which features 3000 plant varieties within 10 acres of gardens.

My visit was in the Spring
when the daffodils and narcissus were out in full bloom.

Any time of year

 The gardens are beautiful and open all year round except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Opening times are 

Good Friday until 31st October 10am - 6pm 
(last entry 5pm)
and 1st November to Good Friday 10am - 4pm
(last entry 3pm)

Several ticket price options starting from Adult at £8.45
and Children £4.25 Under 4 and under go free

If you live local it may be worth buying an Annual Membership, again various options with Single Membership starting at £30.
(all prices correct at time of publishing)

Feeling hungry?

It's easy to make a day of this visit.  There's a cafe where you can stop for lunch/tea or just a coffee.  Lots of delicious things to get your taste buds going. 

And remember to take your camera...
Take your camera for memorable moments

Take your mind off things

A day out at a place near you is probably all it needs to get away from it all for some relaxation.

 And if you visit Compton Acres Poole Dorset 
You won't be disappointed.

If you are unable to visit watch this space ....  I will be visiting again.

Do you love gardens?  
Do you have a favourite one you can recommend?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Tips on How to Pack for Antigua

I don't know about you, but I always pack too many clothes. Every time I go away I say to myself 'travel light'. Well the thought was there!

And when I packed for Antigua I did what I always do - pack too much.

My bag was overweight At the airport things were being tossed out of my bag into husband’s, and we even had to add things to our carry ons! Trust me, the queue behind us were not best impressed!

After our experience, let us give you some tips on how to pack when you travel to, not only Antigua, but any hot climate. Be it a little one sided and a female view!

Loose fitting short dresses. M&S do some great beach dresses which pack well without the need of ironing, wash and dry without a problem!
Linen trousers are always cool for you and your man too
A pretty cool floaty dress for evening, linen shirt and trousers for your other half!
Strappy Vests
Cotton underwear
Swimsuit, bikini, swim shorts
Sarongs are a must for us ladies and do a great cover up job, if you need it that is! Great tips here on how to wear a sarong.

Factor 50 sun cream is a must. The sun is intense and unforgiving.
Mosquito repellent is a definite

And remember any bottles, creams etc you want to take into the hold must be in a plastic bag 20cm x 20cm and if your bag is bigger the airport staff will throw yours away and give you one of theirs!

It rains sometimes, but you won't worry about that, in fact, you'll find that you'll be quite grateful to cool off. It soon dries up too.

And ......

And enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple this is Jan's!.

Happy holiday