About the blog

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I love food, drink, music & walking both in my home country, Scotland, and abroad. This is my travel blog where I write about all these things. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years – we have such great holidays and I really want to have a record of them before I get old and forget! If other people enjoy reading my posts then that’s a bonus.

I suppose the holiday of a lifetime for us was Galapagos in 1999. I felt nothing could top that, but there was a sort of pressure from friends who wanted to know what on earth we were going to do next. For a few years, I felt obliged to try to do something spectacular each year to keep up my reputation. Now we have more or less settled on visits to various North American National Parks (partly because my husband, John, earns a lot of air miles and it’s easy to spend them that way) – I think we could do that for ever and not repeat ourselves.

So, what’s in the blog? Well, lots of current stuff and I’m also trying to catch up retrospectively. I’ve written, for example, about the holiday where a good portion of my photos showed digging equipment (Tibet 2000), and I plan to write about the place where I spent two weeks in a stookie having broken two bones in my foot. You’ll have to wait to find out where that one is. It’s not all exotic though – there are plenty of good places closer to home and I tell you about those too. So please – come along for the journey.

14 thoughts on “About the blog

  1. Laura Schwartz July 12, 2019 / 11:46

    Hello Anabel,
    I’ve been really excited to hear about your research into Jessie Stephen. I’ve got a book coming out this month in which she is the star of the show: Feminism and the Servant Problem: Class and Domestic Labour in the Women’s Suffrage Movement (Cambridge University Press). I’m sorry that I didn’t find out about your research until I’d finished my own, but I hope that we can meet up at some point when I’m in Glasgow. You can reach me my work email address L.Schwartz@Warwick.ac.uk and find out more about the book here https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/feminism-and-the-servant-problem/3A9B2B2A88B2147AB12CFC45C284617B


  2. Jenny September 4, 2018 / 10:32

    Anabel, I love you blog and read it often as you probably know. I’ll be in Europe next year and have a question for you about travelling in Scotland. I couldn’t see a “contact” link on your blog so happy to ask it here. Or, if you’re ok to do it privately, please email me at jenny@wenham.net.au and I’ll ask you my question there.


  3. teabeestrips October 3, 2017 / 11:59

    I am happy to have discovered your blog. There are so many nice things to read in it.


  4. Maxwell September 10, 2017 / 19:15

    Hi Anabel!

    I didn’t find your email so I write you here 🙂

    Just a quick email to let you know that I featured you in a recent article named:

    Top 30 International Retirement Blogs in 2017

    Here’s a link to the article:


    I’ve also made a special badge for you here:

    Feel free to download and use it anywhere you wish!

    Once again, I hope your inclusion in the list drives some new readers to your blog and I look forward to staying connected!

    You can reach me at maxwell@welovecostarica.com


    Maxwell Salo


    • Anabel Marsh September 10, 2017 / 20:40

      Thank you! That’s very kind! I’ve had a quick look and will investigate more later.


  5. Joanne Sisco August 27, 2017 / 17:58

    We too have traveled extensively, but the last 2 years my husband’s job has kept us bound close to home. That’s when I really discovered the joys of playing tourist in my own backyard – and I am often alone on these ventures. As you said, there are so many places close to home that are both interesting and fun … with the right attitude 🙂

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  6. vannillarock March 23, 2015 / 16:55

    Haha ‘two weeks in a stookie’ bet that had more than a few readers searching for google translate ! I am a Glaswegian so when I spotted you Glasgow gallus post I had to agree. I love that word! I may even try to join in that challenge but it can be a huge struggle to post every day when you are travelling.
    Look forward to following your A-Z through Glasgow.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anabel Marsh March 23, 2015 / 17:12

      Ah, I should update this! The stookie did make it into last year’s challenge: D is for Daintree.

      I didn’t realise you were a Glaswegian – I hope you approve of my choices then!

      Liked by 1 person

      • vannillarock March 23, 2015 / 17:14

        Oh I have lived in exile for a long time- the weather would prevent my return 😉


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