Travels to Amsterdam

I'm currently in the departure lounge at Manchester Airport waiting for a flight to Schipol! We are off to the Netherlands for a couple of days to visit Amsterdam and Utrecht. I lived in Utrecht for 6 months as part of my degree and am looking forward to visiting some of my old haunts.

I'm trying out the blogger app on my iPad and hoping that this comes out in an acceptable format, so apologies if it isn't quite right!

Upon my return I will hopefully share some interesting dutch food with you all - they do some amazing Christmas treats.

Until then, goodbye! I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wanderlust: UK Days Out - Dunham Massey, (Stamford Military Hospital) Cheshire

Though this blog mostly has a focus on food, I thought some of you might me interested in occasionally hearing about some of the trips I make. These posts are more of an indulgence on my part, so please do excuse them.

"Sunday is funday" has become one of my recent mantras, as weekdays are jam packed at the moment, with most of my time being taken up with running my business and blogging. Not that I'm complaining, I love being busy! However in order to maintain sanity and productivity, breaks are necessary. 

This time of year is especially beautiful, with vibrant autumnal colours and, if you're lucky, crystal clear and crisp days. As long as you're well wrapped up, outside is most certainly the place to be when the sun shines in November.

Last sunday we decided to take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather to explore the House, Garden and Deer Park at Dunham Massey, a National Trust property just outside of Manchester, near Altrincham. 

We spent most of our visit wandering through the Deer Park and successfully spotted quite a few Buck and Doe very close to the main house, it seems you don't have to wander far to see them.

The house was built in in the 1730s by George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington and later became a First World War auxiliary hospital from April 1917 to January 1919. 

Currently the house has been transformed so that visitors can experience the Stamford Hospital as it once was. There are also some interesting pieces of furniture and other items on display in the house, including an intact 18th century library.

The photo's below chronicle some of my highlights from the day out. I hope you enjoy them!

This buck was casually taking a break right by the stables in front of a large crowd of admirers.

Gold and Diamond Pocket Watch, 1859 and pieces of string kept by Lady Penelope Stamford, c. 1930.

View of the house entrance

Spot the Deer!

Entrance from the stables and colonial statue
Deer slaughterhouse