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California is a favourite bucket-list destination, especially for us Brits. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit twice, but our family has never been to the south of the sunshine state. I dream of sunny days and desert vistas, but we like to explore and be active too. The resort of Palm Springs appeals to all our wishes. I have friends in the area who have told me lots about it. Tourists are well catered for with many activities and attractions, but also the dramatic desert would be a fun new experience for us. The Essence of Palm Springs A century…

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Winter sunsets at Clevedon cast light on the rocky foreshore, picking out the stones in warm light. Clevedon is a small Somerset town with a pier and historic sea front including a lido and miniature railway. Linking with My Sunday Photo. See last week’s linked photo blog by clicking here.  

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This blog post contains affiliate links – that means if you click on the link and go on to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Most of us are passionate about certain Christmas traditions. Personally, I am quite dedicated to Christmas baking. I make our own cake, Christmas pudding, mincemeat, mince pies, Christmas tree decoration biscuits and Yule log. I’m not crazy, it’s just my Christmas passion! It isn’t masses of work because half the ingredients are identical. Admittedly, I am a bit of a recipe fiddler. I’m always adapting, altering and tweaking. I have two alterations…

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This is the classic view of West Tanfield, a charming village in North Yorkshire just a few miles north of Ripon. Lots of people have photographed or painted this view and it regularly appears in Yorkshire calendars. This week I finally took my own photo. I was surprised to discover just how much I had to dodge the traffic to get this picture. The bridge is reasonably wide but there is no pavement. Lorry drivers tutted at us as we squeezed ourselves against the wall, just at the spot where the road curves onto the bridge. If any driver had…

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We had a great time visiting New York City in the summer, staying in a hotel and spending a few days seeing the sights. Going to the USA on holiday is quite an expensive trip so we were looking for ways to save money and came up with these tips for family travelers. 1. Use the Hotel Fridge Book a hotel room with a little fridge. Summer in New York can be hot and buying drinks for the whole family every couple of hours really adds up. We bought a multi-pack in the supermarket and kept cool drinks handy in…

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