Since our family saw the total solar eclipse we have been dreaming of more astronomical experiences. We want to visit a dark sky park and hope to see the northern lights one day. So when the Star Name Registry offered me the gift of a Bright Star Name set to review, of course I jumped at the chance to name a star! This gift idea is perfect for us. I put my husband’s name on the certificate. He is quite difficult to buy for, but he will love this. It’s quite appropriate as we saw a shooting star on our…

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For months I’ve been wondering about joining in with the #LittleLoves linky hosted by Morgana from the blog Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. She’s one of the first bloggers I read in the early days. Something I like about this link-up is that every blogger involved writes their post under the same headings of Read, Watched, Heard, Made, Wore, And Lastly. They are pretty broad titles but it does allow for some real old-school blogging where I can write up snippets from my life. All those hot-headed thoughts that pop into my head during the week don’t normally have much of…

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A couple of years ago I lost my patience with my massive pro DSLR which weighs about a ton and gives me back-ache every time I try to go out with it. I bought the absolute smallest camera I could find which would shoot RAW and could be manually controlled. I bought the highest quality I could find in a really small compact. Image quality was a top priority. I want to continue to shoot images good enough to sell and to enter competitions (not that I have had the time). There were a few choices at that level but…

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  Living here in North Yorkshire I have a pretty fixed idea of what it is like to visit an abbey. We are spoiled for impressive stone ruins set in beautiful open green landscapes. Two of the nation’s stunners – Fountains Abbey and Bolton Abbey – are less than 30 minutes drive from Harrogate. Fontevraud Abbey Heritage I wish that I had cleared my head completely of these pre-conceived notions before visiting Fontevraud Abbey in the Loire Valley. It was a bit of a culture shock. Bear in mind, the French didn’t have Henry VIII so abbey ruins are not…

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Everything in America is bigger, right? The name “Mall of America” conjures up an image of the biggest shopping mall I’ve ever seen. It’s in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a northerly city in the American Midwest. And yes, it is the BIGGEST mall in the USA! This is a destination shopping mall which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary year. There’s so much extra going on here that people come for vacations and short breaks. You can buy hotel and theme park packages for the Mall of America. That’s right, I did say “theme park”! This is the home…

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