Verandah Life in Maentwrog

Four years ago, when I smashed up my leg while out walking here in Maentwrog, I spent hours and hours and hours and hours sitting on the verandah looking at the scenery. I was lucky. We have a beautiful view of Moelwyn Bach, the mountain which appears and disappears according to the weather. The Ffestiniog Railway train usually chugs across … Read More

Can’t Stop Las Fallas

Joan Ribo, the Mayor of Valencia, just announced that Las Fallas would be held this year, Coronavirus or not. In many other places this could be seen as a risky decision. There’s only been a few confirmed cases in the province, but it’s easy to imagine the virus spreading like wildfire during the city’s mammoth and most important festival. Packed … Read More

Play at Heath Street

Art for All in Hampstead The Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead is an admirable example of how a church can enrich a community. With free classical concerts, Jacket potato ceilidh nights and and delightful singing and music sessions for children, it has an appeal which stretches far and wide. Hampstead feels more homely here, bohemian yet friendly. For the … Read More

El Cabanyal Celebrates the Day of the Kings

On the 5th January, The Three Kings arrive at Valencia’s Marina by speedboat and are then whisked to the city centre in a flashy car. They drive through the streets throwing sweets into the crowds and this joyous ritual is possibly more important than Christmas for the people of Spain. The 6th January is the final day of the Christmas … Read More

The Trundler Turns 60 in Copenhagen

I wanted to celebrate my 60th birthday with a small adventure. A visit to a place I had never seen before, but one which was easy to reach and explore. Copenhagen turned out to be perfect. A beautiful, open, well-organized city, green, watery and welcoming. Even the flight was a delight, from Heathrow’s well designed Terminal 2, a bright, appealing … Read More

Reasons to be Cheerful in 2020

It’s been a strange year during which I have often felt sad or angry about Britain’s departure from the European Union and all the changes which that will bring. However, now the map of England is so clearly blue, it’s time to concentrate on some of the things that make me happy about my own life. 1. I spend a … Read More

Barlaston to Bedstuy to Bloomsbury to Blaenau

A Trundle around Places Beginning with B A well-known Staffordshire village, a vibrant Brooklyn neighbourhood, an elegant district of London and a spectacular slate mining town in Snowdonia. Such different places, each with its own beauty. Each with a special significance for me. Each with a distinctive charm. My Trundle, which took place during the glorious month of May, began … Read More

Feliz Navidad from Valencia

The Trundler has always dreamed of Christmas in the sun. This year it looks as if the dream is about to come true. At 8.30am on Christmas Eve the view from my window looks like this. And down at the beach it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the most dazzling sunshine. I have spent many Christmases in … Read More

A Dress for all Seasons

The Perfect Dress for a Trundler As a Trundler I am always looking for ways to travel light. The less I carry the happier I am. Imagine my joy when the dress I bought for myself as a 60th birthday present folded up so small that it fitted into a tiny bag – one about the size of a make-up … Read More