June 2022

This month was very busy. We’ve been to Darlington, back home, got up at 5 to go to London for the Pageant, went to Oxford for a few days, with study/work. On the 21st we flew to Italy. As we are now in Italy, I will make a round-up with what we did there next […]

artwork by Ruth Asawa

Modern Art Oxford

At Modern Art Oxford is a special exhibition: Ruth Asawa – Citizen of the Universe. It is possible to visit before 21 August 2022 and it is so worth seeing it. I was amazed by the beauty of her artwork. Ruth Asawa was born in US. During the Second World War she was one of […]

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

Raby Castle is a gorgeous 14th century castle, built on the place of an older settlement, which dates back to the Vikings. I shared a lot of pictures from it and it was still hard to pick only a few as this castle is just superb. As highlights, the chairs are from two coronations. It […]

The Bear Oxford

The Bear Oxford

The Bear is a pub in Oxford, but it’s very special because it is the oldest pub in the city, established in 1242, according to them. They have a garden too, but we stayed inside. It’s a wonderful place to have a drink, do make sure you stop there if you are in Oxford. As […]

Hall Garth Hotel

Hall Garth Hotel

We stayed at the Hall Garth Hotel in Darlington, County Durham, for Kynren, the pageant I talked about earlier. Because this place is so beautiful and it surely is a destination in itself, I’ve decided to share a lot of pictures and only short descriptions, when needed. For me this hotel was fantastic and I […]

raised bed

My garden in June

Gardens always look at their best in Summer and I am delighted with how mine looks now. For my garden in June update I have an interesting news: I bought ladybirds for the garden. I will share my thoughts about them, but it’s a mixed picture. Everything is looking great. I need to replace a […]



Kynren is a pageant, in its purest form, not a procession, but a theatrical performance, with many volunteers taking place. At the start of the 20th century it was a craze with hundreds of pageants taking place all over the country and abroad. The bigger ones had thousands of performers, just to get an image […]


KCL – 2nd term

It seems a bit strange to blog about the 2nd term at King’s when I already started, in a way, year 3, but more about that at the end of the post. This will be a quick post, as I already mentioned a lot of things regarding year 2 at King’s College in my first […]

Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower is a lovely place to visit. There are many things to see, the beautiful gardens, the tower has many rooms open to the public, and there is a cafe too. This is a house lived-in by the owners, as it is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, so keep that in […]

Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Yesterday we got up at 5 to get to London in time to see the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. That surely highlights how excited we were about the jubilee celebrations, especially as we were in Bishop Aukland – Darlington in the previous 3 days. We bought 2 flags for the parade and saw a commemorative one, […]