The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick beach near Portscatho

We had enjoyed watching the Caroline Quentin TV series on Cornwall and were fascinated by The Hidden Hut so we decided that we should try find it. Yes, it is well hidden and parking isn’t easy but boy is it worth the effort. At the end of a coastal path from the little village of Portscatho from one end or at the end of a long cul de sac from the even tinier village of Rosevine from the other is a beautiful little beach which is where you will find a picturesque wooden hut run by a couple of proper foodies. You sit at one of two long wooden communal tables with enormous benches or a few smaller steel tables. Almost everything on the chalk board menu, except the wonderful breads which are sourced locally, is home made.

I had a smoked haddock chowder followed by a piece of orange and almond cake and D had spicy chicken and butternut squash tagine followed by mint chocolate chip ice cream. Luscombe juices and tea accompanied the food with the most wonderful view.

You know we all talk about those gems on the med that are good value but serve the freshest simplest food and make a holiday, well here is as good as any in the UK.


Proms Spectacular, Harewood House, 05-09-09












As you can see from the pic’s , we had a splendid night at Harewood.

Starting with a flyover by a WW2 Spitfire the crowd was suitably warmed up for the evening event. The very entertaining conductor Jae Alexander kept us amused and the English National Orchestra professionally played their socks off……Soprano, Sarah Ryan and tenor Wynne Evans made the Proms Spectacular an evening to remember…

Lovely picnics, plenty of beverages, decent weather and a fabulous firework display helped the night pass too quickly. img_15231


A good time was had by all. We will be back next year!

D and G.

Globe Troffers Day Out

Well, it’s been some time since we’ve all been out together and last weekend saw the inaugural Globe Troffers Day Out at sunny Burnsall in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. And what a grand day out it was!

There’s no better place to set up for a picnic and paddle than the great spot by the river in the picturesque village of Burnsall just a few miles North of Bolton Abbey.

Some of us stayed by the river to soak up the sun (!) whilst the others disguised a visit to the pub in Appletreewick with a very nice stroll by the river. Either way we all tucked in to an al fresco feast late in the afternoon.

Whilst some of us overdid the frisbee (and felt it on Monday), the rest just enjoyed being outdoors as the weather improved. The girls were booked in for the night camping at Masons in Appletreewick and had a great night at the pub quiz and a  memorable plate full of nachos.

What a great day and it all turned out so well in the end – thanks to the girls for all the organisation and the extra quantities of bacon in our fridge!