Happy Holidays

Dear Sam, Mmm, the roast chestnuts  you were telling me about sound very tempting - I will add them to my Christmas shopping list!  Your post started me thinking about all the delicious aromas that we associate with Christmas and it's also one of the themes of a book I've been reading lately, Nigel Slater's The Christmas…

A postcard from Florence

Car on road among trees in Italy

Dear Sam,   Ciao from Florence! We're here for a few days to explore and enjoy some sunshine, good food and gelato.  I'll take your advice and avoid plastic by choosing a cornet in place of a tub! When I go on holiday, I like to take a book that suits the destination, so before we…

A word in your ear

Dear Sam, I'm really pleased to hear you had a good time in Italy - so did we! We're just back from Sicily and I enjoyed playing Free Rice to pass the time while we were travelling. I think it's a great idea to combine a game with such a good cause, so thank you for…