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

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

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

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

Ross and Eveline’s Trundle Around Valencia

Ross and Eveline took a break from running their beautiful B and B in Maentwrog, North West Wales and headed to Spain, to flee the rain. We’ve little experience of trundling, so we snapped up our friend Jane’s invitation to visit Valencia, which is a safe and welcoming city. Valencianos prefer Valenciano, similar to Catalan, to Spanish. With two languages … Read More

Art in Valencia and the Joys of Spring

Valencia is full of visual delights this month. Head to IVAM, where this excellent modern art gallery is celebrating its 30th anniversary, with a dazzling major exhibition, showing the work of modernist painter FERNAND LEGER. Fernand Leger and Modern Life brings together 100 of his works, including paintings, drawings, textiles films and photographs. It’s a brilliant, wonderfully curated show 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