Jack's mini break to Costa del Sol

Jack was in Spain over the weekend to celebrate his final studio hand-in for this academic year!

Congrats Jack!

A few pics below.

Rugged Snowdonia

I have returned from an experience-and-a-half in rugged Snowdonia! It was a trip full of contrasts, adventure and some challenge.

The first five days I spent in a lovely warm environment surrounded with all my home comforts whilst taking part in the next module of my yoga teacher training. The next five days saw me (and Jimi, who joined me) thrust into a raw, rugged mountainous landscape, which brewed a storm - the epic finale taking place on the last night of our camping holiday!

We DID have a fantastic time - all be it very wet and windy! And - amazingly - the tent stood up to the gusts of wind: much helped by the architectural skills of Jimi. He worked out a system to strengthen the tent structure with string and some heavy slate to stop it blowing away.

Here are some snaps from our adventure….

Karen

Lovely family trip to Cornwall

Some pictures from Suzanne’s recent family holiday to Cornwall where she visited the Eden Project and Padstow.

And she brought us back some….

Fudge and Shortbread from the Eden Project
And Rick Stein Cookies from Padstein… I mean Padstow :0)
— Suzanne

Christmas in Venice

It was amazing being in Venice at Christmas. As it is Winter it is not busy, so I had the plenty of time to take things slowly and enjoy the city.
— Yuan

Last minute trip to Lake Como

I was really lucky to have an opportunity to visit Lake Como recently with some friends. One of our group lives near Lenno, right on the edge of the lake.

The weather was fabulous, which made the lake even more stunning. I dared to have a dip - it was pretty cold, but bearable!

I definitely would recommend a visit at some point, if the opportunity arises. There are plenty of lovely walks and places to chill out and enjoy the views.
— Karen

Lake Como

Lake Como is over 20 miles long with Como, the main city to one end of the lake. In the shape of an inverted Y, Como is at the end of the south west leg, Lecco to the south east leg and north toward the Alps and Colico, Gera Lario and Domaso.

One of the deepest lakes, it reaches 1300 ft at its deepest and surprisingly this puts the bottom below sea level! Fed by the river Adda and flowing out at Lecco, Lake Como sees high water levels after rain especially post winter thaws.

Central to Lake Como, also know as "Lario" by the locals, are the three famous towns of Varenna, Menaggio & Bellagio which form the golden triangle centre to the Lake with mountains arising all around. These three towns are the only car ferry ports on Lake Como. Varenna has a train station, Menaggio is the beginning of the pass over to Porto Letizia and Bellagio provides access to the countryside between Lecco and Como.

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Creative gorgeous-nous!

In Croatia I spent a lovely week doing a raku ceramics course where the main activity was sitting in the garden making pots, drinking copious amounts of tea and eating biscuits.
— Emma McD