The Amazing Chihuly in Kew Gardens: ‘Reflections on Nature’

One of Ms B’s and my biggest regrets in 2019 is that we only visited Dale Chihuly’s ‘Reflections on Nature’ exhibition of glass sculptures in Kew Gardens a few days ago, and not much earlier, thus missing out on the opportunity to return again and again. The exhibition will close forever on 27 October after a hugely successful six months. Ms B, whose nick name at school apparently was ‘voucher chick’, managed to find us a 50% discount, which brought the ticket’s price down to £9 per person (deal can be found here) Even the full price of £18 is extremely good value for what you get. They also offer great deals for families. We’ve been big fans of Chihuly’s for many years now, and especially of his large-scale outdoor sculptures. His equally well-received 2005 Kew Gardens exhibition was one we missed out on, because Ms B was busy settling […]

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Driving Supercars around the Top Gear Race Track with Everyman Racing

Ms B, whose nickname amongst her girlfriends as a high school kid was Voucher-Chick, found an amazing offer on Buyagift.com: £109 to race three supercars around the famous Top Gear race track and be a passenger on a high-speed ride. I didn’t need to be told twice. The moment she told me about the insanely good-value offer, I was on my laptop, buying the voucher. Truth be told. I spent significantly more than that (tripling the total) to buy upgrades in terms of cars, 6 miles instead of 3 miles per car, to buy insurance, zero excess, and an extra lap on the high-speed passenger ride, but I’m still thinking this was perhaps the most fun in relation to cars I’ll ever have had, until I die, unless my recent part-time venture into stand-up comedy starts to pay off big time (haha, joking, it won’t). It seemed to take forever, […]

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Flying Lesson on a 1953 Piper Cub with Perry Air, Brighton

I recently found a voucher on Buyagift.co.uk: £89 for a 20-minute flying lesson on a 1953 Piper Cub with Perry Air. There are even cheaper offers around, if you’re average height and weight. As I knew, my voucher was only good for weekends, but I wanted to fly during the week, when the minimum is 35 minutes. So for £35 I topped up. The lesson takes place at Shoreham Airport, which is close to Brighton. However, public transport does not get you there, and a cab from Brighton station to Shoreham and back would have cost a fair bit of money. I shopped around using Holidaycars.com and found an excellent deal with Sixt: a brand new Range Rover Velar for 50% less than the next best offer. Usually I go for something the size of a Volkswagen Golf, but the offer was too good to refuse. I arrived early at […]

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Riding Horses and Jetskis – A weekend trip to the New Forest & Poole

Ms B & I love the New Forest and usually try to visit at least once every two years. This post is about our stay last summer. Sometimes it takes us forever to finish a post. But rest assured, the New Forest hasn’t changed a bit since we first visited 8 years ago. We do double-check each venue and activity provider to make sure they’re still rated the same and up and running. In this case, for example, we are happy to report that The Terrace has hired a new, Michelin-starred head chef, since our visit (links below). Our apologies that the photos are not aligned with the headlines of this post. This is because we wanted to spread the photos evenly and chronologically, while there are simply way too many animal photos to squeeze in. The weather forecast for the weekend wasn’t great, which is funny, because during most […]

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Horseback Riding in the New Forest

During our recent visit to the New Forest, Ms B & I did a 60-minute horseback riding session with Brockenhurst Riding Stables. We had done the same two years ago, when they were still located near the Forest Park Hotel, where we usually stay (they moved to the new location just off Balmer Lawn Road, just over five minutes walk from Beresfords restaurant (see our blog post here), walking away from Brockenhurst). Sharon, who runs the yard, is a lovely person and very skilled at what she does. Her sense of humour and way with people can perhaps best be described as a bit rough on the edges, but in a very good way. Just like last time around, she immediately made us feel welcome. As requested, we had arrived half an hour before the start of the session. Five, six other guests had already arrived and the rest of […]

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