miss b's quote

'I haven't been everywhere yet but it's on my list' Susan Sontag

Thursday, 3 July 2014

miss b loves .........Luxe City Guides

Plannning a holiday or even a short trip is always part of the fun and excitement of travelling. I love to do my research so that we can make the most of our stay whether it's a weekend break or a more leisurely two weeks away from home.

There are always places which are a definite 'must-visit' but we like to wander off and find our own unexpected gems too.

Luxe City Guides are compact yet so informative and reliable. They are a world away from the usual bulky travel books with information overload and far too many photos and maps. 

I like the elegant covers and the fold out concertina-style design .....

These stylish pocket-sized guides easily slip into the smallest of bags without the need to rely on an internet connection for on the spot information ......

When folded the guides are just 7 mm thick....

The lighthearted witty style of writing appeals to me too. 

Recommendations come from the resident editor and contributors who really know their city and who provide short, sassy reviews and they are very selective about the entries.....

Friday, 20 June 2014

miss b loves .......a surprise afternoon tea and 'couture' nail polish.

Regular readers of my blog already know about my obsession with afternoon tea and a surprise visit to Great John Street Hotel in Manchester was the highlight of my birthday the weekend before last.....

This beautiful building was formally a Victorian school and there are reminders throughout this sympathetically restored hotel.

Old photographs hang on the walls .......

This little boy doesn't seem too keen to be there!

This was very much a summery afternoon tea with flowers and fruit adorning the traditional three-tiered stand which was laden with sweet treats.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

miss b loves .......classic cars on the village green

I've always had an interest in cars and from a very young age I knew all the makes and models.... I even had a collection of miniature Matchbox cars

Imagine my delight when we stumbled across a 'car carnival' as we were driving through the village of Wrea Green a week last Sunday. Classic, vintage and supercars all shiny and gleaming in the sunshine on the green.

Wrea Green  is a picturesque, award-winning village ........

Just ten minutes from home, it boasts the largest village green in Lancashire and a huge duck pond known to locals as 'The Dub'.

The green is the perfect setting for such an event and it was a gorgeous English summer's day ....

Isn't this 1948 MG TC the perfect car for a stylish picnic? .....

Thursday, 29 May 2014

miss b loves .......'1339 Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop' (and a few random ones about me!)

I've always been intrigued by trivia.....random facts about random topics. I read about this fascinating little book in a newspaper article during a very long flight. I thought it might make a quirky gift and I actualy bought three copies!

Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite...

*The word 'journey' is from the French 'journée' and once meant the distance one could walk in a day.

*Only 5% of the world's population has ever been on an aeroplane.

*Johnny Depp collects Barbie dolls.


*In 1950, 7% of American women dyed their hair. In 2013, it was 75%.

*Mothers over 40 are twice as likely to have left-handed children as women in their 20s.

*Mo Farah, Sir Roger Bannister, Sir chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Sir Steve Redgrave were all born on March 23rd

Mo Farah doing his signature pose

*Jenga means to build in Swahili.

*Julius Caesar had two sisters both called Julia.

*In 1379, more than 600 years ago, a baby girl in Yorkshire was christened Diot Coke.

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