San Fairie Ann Ceiling Decor

Afternoon Tea at San Fairie Ann, Southend

There is something delightfully mismatched and quirky about taking afternoon tea at San Fairie Ann. The stunningly painted ceiling and the beautiful dresses hanging from it, the authentically vintage furniture, the cups and saucers that don’t quite go together, but compliment each other perfectly anyway.   There really are the…

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River Crouch Essex

Churchyard Instagram Mission

There is something incredibly exciting about finding an album of photographs that you had completely forgotten about – especially when they tell the story of an Instagram mission my Mum and I went on during my last trip to the UK. We took a drive on a lovely day and…

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Bobby Jo's 1950's Diner Southend On Sea

Back At Bobby Jo’s Diner

I feel like I’ve been dragging my heels in publishing this and I suspect that’s because it is my final post from my UK trip.  It makes me realise just how long it is going to be before I’m back and I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with thinking about…

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Lambs Marsh Farm

Mucking About At Marsh Farm

Our day at Marsh Farm started with Brunch – as all good days should.  The charming Tillie’s Tea Room making a lovely setting to tuck into our fry-ups.  Sausages for the meat-eaters and lots of mushrooms for me. Before long the birthday boy arrived along with the rest of the family….

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Grumpy's Diner Southend

Happy Dining at Grumpy’s

Southend-on-Sea isn’t a huge place, so I was rather surprised to learn that it has two completely separate 1950’s diners.  It seemed only fair that I compare the two 😉 Grumpy’s Diner is the newer kid on the block, unlike Bobby Jo’s it is located away from the busy seafront….

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Bottle Feeding a Calf at Marsh Farm

I Got To Bottle Feed a Calf

I wasn’t planning on blogging today, BUT the coolest thing happened and I wanted to share it 🙂 I got to bottle feed a calf.  IT WAS AWESOME. She was so strong and she drank the milk really quickly. Anyway, that is all for now, I hope you’re having a…

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Battlesbridge Essex


Mum and I could not have wished for a more glorious day to go and explore Battlesbridge.   A tiny village on the banks of the River Crouch, we decided to pay a visit to the fabulous Battlesbridge Antiques Centre and  have a mooch around. I think I said “Oh…

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Athenaeum Club Rochford Swimming Pool


I was back with my Mum at The Athenaeum Club recently and a couple of things have changed since our first visit in 2010, so I wanted to do a little update… I have to say that the facilities at the club have hardly changed, they are still of an…

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Southend Pier


At 1.34 miles (2.16 km) Southend-on-Sea has the longest pleasure pier in the world. If you’re wondering why they would build such a long pier in Essex of all places, it is for very practical reasons, as the fabulous Wikipedia explains… In the early 19th century, Southend was growing as a seaside…

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I’ve probably mentioned before that my Mum lives near Southend-on-Sea, which is in Essex (which is in England – just in case you’re new here). My Mum very kindly lets me stay with her whenever I’m in the UK, this is great as I get to spend time with Mum…

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We had a little break in our schedule at Shorelines. so thought we would stretch our legs and make the most of the beautiful (yet a little chilly) autumn weather by heading over to Old Leigh. Slightly hidden from the main road, it really is a little gem of a…

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Sunset Southend Seafront

Watching The Sunset On Southend Seafront

I often get some rather strange looks for carrying my camera everywhere with me.  But it’s sods law – if I don’t have a camera, there will be something beautiful to take pictures of and I’ll miss it. Visiting my brother and sister-in-law, we decided to stroll along Southend Seafront…

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