The Trundler’s Autumn Tour of Britain

As leaves fall and Leaving looms, The Trundler takes an uplifting trip across Britain Family matters meant that I couldn’t travel as far as Croatia as planned, but with feet itching as always, I decided to head to North East Wales, The Peak District and East Sussex instead. The weather was soggy with the odd flash of sunshine, but the … Read More

Swimming Women

Women who Swim are Women who Grin Swimming has been a source of joy for me all my life. Not just because of the peace, exhilaration and energy it brings but because I have met so many great women in the water. Anyone who has been to Hampstead Ponds will have felt a certain solidarity with their fellow swimmers and … Read More

Taulellets for Semana Santa in El Cabanyal

As I write this from my usually sun-filled office in Valencia, rain is lashing against the window and the big palm tree in the square below is blowing in the wind. This is British Bank Holiday weather, with no hint of Mediterranean warmth and light. I am feeling a bit cheated, particularly as Britain is basking in record-breaking sunshine. However, … Read More

England in May

A perfect field, a tree tinged with pink blossom, brilliant yellow gorse, a stately horsechestnut, bluebells washed with rain, creamy Hawthorne. All these I saw on a rapturous walk through the Staffordshire countryside in May my heart singing all the way.

Taulellets – a History of Tile Art in El Cabanyal

Anyone who has wandered around the Poblats Maritims area of Valencia will have noticed that many of the houses are covered with the most beautiful tiles, which enrich the charm and character of this entrancing neighborhood. Of the 700 protected houses, 300 have tiled facades whose spectacular designs range from traditional, delicate and pretty to wild, abstract and surreal. When … Read More

Migrants Making Magic in Marsala

My friend David Swift is a kind of magician. He can conjure up amazing images in a few captivating words, painting mental pictures which then become reality. Forty years ago, when I first met him, he convinced me to learn a mime routine, dress up as a clown and set off on a busking tour of Britain. Together with another … Read More

All Change – Home Swaps Make a Great Holiday

Exchange your Home and off you Roam If you’re short of cash or like the idea of living like a local, exchanging homes is a great option. You don’t have to pay for accommodation and you walk straight into someone else’s world. I didn’t want to rent out my flat in Valencia. It’s a delicate period piece, with original wooden … Read More