Granada, Spain and Gibraltar

A recent trip to Granada, Spain filled me with joy after an absolutely stunning guided tour around the Alhambra. I also found a little gem of a steak restaurant called Apo restaurante on Plaza de San Lázaro 15. The trip finished with a road trip over to Gibraltar and Seville. The views of Africa from the top of the Gibraltar rock where breathtaking. The guided tour also provided an opportunity to get close to photography the Barbary macaque monkeys. Seville has plenty of sights to take in with my favourites being the Cathedral of Saint Mary and the Plaza de España. I have shared a few more photos that are available on 500px.

Barbary macaque monkeys, Gibraltar

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Rufford Old Hall

A beautiful day to visit this Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property. The grounds are lovely to walk as is the canal which is only a few minutes away. I have shared a few more photos that are available on 500px.

National Trust: Rufford Old Hall
National Trust: Rufford Old Hall

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Dunham Massey

There is nothing nicer than having a beautiful local park that you can visit. Dunham Massey, a National Trust estate is no exception and one of my favourite places alongside Tatton Park that I like to visit. The estate is wonderful and the garden is just beautiful. I have shared a few more photos that are available on 500px.

Snow Drops at Dunham Massey
Snow Drops at Dunham Massey

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Pike Place Market, Seattle

I’m spending more time with one of my favourite hobbies again – photography. You can browse my published portfolio over at 500px. Be sure to share your feedback.

This photo was taken shortly before I slipped and broke my ankle, leg and wrist in the incredible snow that fell in Seattle. I have this as an A0 print on the wall to remind me of this incredible trip along with my scars. The touch of the scars and pain from the injurys takes me back to my favourite place. I have shared a few more photos that are available on 500px.

Picture of the snow in Seattle, Feb 2019.
A snowy Pike Place Market, Seattle, Feb 2019 – before my accident.
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Fondue with friends

This year I will be welcoming in the New Year with friends at home in Manchester. The last year has undoubtedly been a trying year. A year that has seen much change and I welcome all the challenges and change that 2019 will see.

I considered all kinds of recipes and food I wanted to cook for my friends, but a fondue and raclette grill was a clear winner for many reasons. The elves at Amazon kindly delivered an extended raclette grill that includes a fondue pan, grill and twelve raclette grills. I was keen to encourage games and conversation at the table but also have something that would have longevity as with New Year’s Eve, the evening is long. Food that was easy on the washing up was essential, as was the amount of time in the kitchen for me. The fondue and crudités can all be prepped beforehand if not the day before. Additional with the raclette grill and a hot plate for the fondue, the warmth in the food can be maintained throughout the evening. As with a lot of my cooking I really enjoy the research element to recipes and food, finding out what works well and what doesn’t etc but also very much enjoy sharing my recipes.

Fondue and Racelete research.
Fondue and Racelete research.

I wish friends new and old the best of luck for what 2019 brings and I thank you for all that you have done for me 2018.

Food with great friends.
Food with great friends.
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