Lakes Culture interview – 5 minutes with Zoë Dawes –

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Lakes Culture aims to bring together the area’s tourism and cultural sectors to better promote the wealth of cultural activities on offer reaffirming the area as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House White RoomIn a this interview with Lakes Culture I talk about my love for the Lake District, share tips on places to eat and stay, winning the Culture & History Blogger and my favourite view on the Lake District.Zoe Dawes aka The Quirky Traveller

Read 5 minutes with Zoë Dawes – Lakes Culture.

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National award for travel writer Zoë Dawes

DFDS culture and history blogger

I won the DFDS ‘Best Culture and History Blogger’ Award! See previous post Vote for Best Travel Blogger for why I entered. Click here to visit The Quirky Traveller Blog 🙂

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Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me. Read all about it and interview here National award for travel writer Zoë Dawes.

Best History Culture travel Blogger - vote Zoe Dawes

Vote for Best Culture and History Blogger

Best History Culture Blogger - vote Zoe Dawes

Those of you who read my blog regularly will know how much I love culture and history. Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by both subjects. Continue reading

‘A Green Song – to sing at the bottle bank’ by poet Wendy Cope

Have you come across Wendy Cope’s poetry? If not then I highly recommend you search her out and have a read of some of her engaging, personal, quirky poetry, ESPECIALLY if you are not a poetry fan. She may convert you.

Wendy Cope at the Hay Festival - Telegraph image

Wendy Cope at the Hay Festival – Telegraph image

Wendy Cope OBE  has published four collections of poetry and parodies. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986) went straight into the best seller lists. Serious Concerns followed in 1992, If I Don’t Know in 2001, and Family Values in 2011. In 1998, she was voted the listeners’ choice in a BBC Radio 4 poll to succeed Ted Hughes as Poet LaureateContinue reading

Quirky Travel Tales – 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 990 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

My very easy plum jam recipe

As summer drifts into autumn, fruit is in abundance, not only in our gardens and allotments but also in grocers and supermarkets. One of the easiest ways to use up a glut of fruit is to make jam. Plums are full of pectin that makes jam set easier, so here’s my easy plum jam recipe.

Plums from Farmers Market - Seeminglee

Plums from Farmers Market – Seeminglee

I’m no Domestic Goddess so if I can make it, so can you! Continue reading

Athens – reflections on a first visit many years ago

In October this year I hope to return to Athens, a city I lived in for four very happy years in the 1980s, for this year’s TBEX Europe conference.  I haven’t been back for 30 years and am wondering what it will be like.

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You know how it is when you look back on a time that you remember with great affection; everything is seen through a prism of filtered sunlight. Continue reading