A great way to get back to nature, National Trust nature reserve Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire is the perfect place for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Offering different trails depending on your stamina and how long you want to be out for, having a wander around an watching the wildlife is a lovely way to spend the day.
Summer appears to have finally come to England. Naturally I, like everyone else, was keen to get out in the sunshine. So, my National Trust Card and I were off again, and this time our destination was Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire.
With acres of land, a beautiful house, a working farm and stunning gardens, Wimpole definitely has something for everyone and is a great day out.
Kat is a single mum to son Leo and is struggling after losing her job.
Charlie is a high-flying food and drink reviewer in line for a promotion who has come to meet her new niece before returning to London.
Seraphine is a French girl hiding a secret who has come to tutor a young girl so she improve her English before looking for a teaching role
The place that links these three is the Seafront Tea Rooms, a quaint tea shop in Scarborough that soon becomes a haven, a hide away, and a place of friendship.
DCI Mark Lapslie is called to a bunker where a tramp has been found dead. There’s no evidence of foul play, but also inside the bunker are twelve coffins, and with each coffin is a doll. Nine of the dolls are damaged and have been placed inside their coffins, but the final three – a bride, a major and a teacher – are stood outside their coffins in immaculate condition.
Not long after they’re found, a bride is shot dead on her wedding day and when Lapslie is called back to the bunker, he finds the bride doll now inside her coffin and her dress covered in blood.
By now you’re probably bored of hearing about what I got for my birthday, but this is last time I’ll mention it, honest! (Well, until next year anyway…)
So alongside my kitchen gadgets, I was also given tickets to see the musical Wicked in London.
Wicked goes back before the events of The Wizard of Oz and tells the tale Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and how the two came to be known as such. Both stories are books originally, and it is amazing how Wicked’s narrative weaves seamlessly around the story of The Wizard of Oz, despite the fact the were written 90 years apart.