Tipsy at Mayfield Lavender Fields

Getting to the famous Mayfield Lavender Farm (everyone seems to be going there at the moment), from North West London by public transport is not the easiest (unless you are a crow flying), but not impossible. It takes a good 2 hours by bus, Tube, train, a second bus, and you need plenty of toffees.  The good thing is, while …

Tipsy at Greys Court Garden

Greys Court House and Gardens are a short drive from London and perfect for pets with itchy paws who need to get out of the city and explore the nearby countryside and the gardens, which are the main draw here.

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We drove up and pretty much took the last free place in the car park.  The overflow hadn’t opened yet, and there seemed to have been some confusion among the staff whether it would be or not, with a tail back of cars not sure what to do, so just note, it is a place that gets busy on lovely Bank Holidays.

We first had a quick wander around part of the estate – which is huge – so we didn’t wander too far.  We met some very friendly cows and crossed a pretty Japanese Moon Bridge.

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Then we joined a really interesting guided tour of the gardens, which were superb.  The owner had been keen to create spaces of walled garden, with little doorways that led on to more gardens, that then opened up into surprising spaces; and she certainly managed to get the desired effect.  There’s even a special statue of the gardner, bee hotels a plenty, and lots of pretty fountains.

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Although we had just missed the wonderful wisteria, and were too early for the corridor of roses, the gardens didn’t disappoint, with beautiful colours, scents and bees buzzing around.

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We also visited the house – which was issuing timed entries as it was so busy – and that was nice too.  There’s also an interesting horse and donkey wheel, a tea shop, and a gift shop to nose around.  But it is the gardens that really steal the show here and deserve a second or third wander.

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Pets’ Mews: Issue 11

Hello Dear Friends, A Happy June to you! Here’s this month’s packed issue of Pets’ Mews. Catch up on what’s been happening in our wonderful IG community in English: Issue 11 updated   – some of the eagle-eyed among you might notice that this version has been updated, that’s because my Pet had somehow or other (roll eyes now), got the …

Tipsy at the Ice Hotel

There can be no doubt that staying at an Ice Hotel, where the inside (a balmy minus 4) is warmer than the outside (minus 26), and sleeping in a room of ice, on a bed of ice, in a sleeping bag, is a once-in-a-nine-life experience, that is just, most probably, the most unusual place you’ll ever stay in in your …

A Magical Reindeer Ride

There’s surely only one way to travel when you’re in Lapland and of course, that’s on a reindeer sled (OK, there are two, or three, or possibly many more, but since Tipsy didn’t go on the Dog Sledding or Snow Mobile rides, and she’s not one for skiing or skating, she’s sticking to this philosophy).  And this was a great, …

Dog Sledding through a Pink Snowscape

While Tipsy stayed comfortably in the (warm) hotel (with a plentiful supply of chocolate), we decided that we hadn’t had enough of sub zero temperatures and had to also try dog sledding , so the next day, we were taken out to a farm by Arctic Adventures, not too far away from Tromsø. After getting kitted out in boiler suits, …

Tipsy Cat & The Aurora

Tipsy wanted to start this blog post with a little bit of history, because Tipsy was a present from our Aunt Aurora Pet to me (Tipsy’s Little Pet) about 30 years ago, and funnily enough, both Aunt Aurora Pet and me have the same birthdays.  Anyway, what Tipsy wanted to tell you was that auroras have always had a very …

Tipsy in Tromsø

Tromsø is a darling little town to use as a gateway to your Lapland adventures. It is so much fun to walk around in the snow – for big and little kids and kittens – and is the kind of place that leaves you beaming, (cold), but filled with snowy joy. We stayed at City Living – a lovely apart-hotel – as …

Tipsy and the London Fire Brigade

No, Tipsy Cat didn’t get stuck up a tree.  She met these rather lovely chaps and their fire engine when they came home to do a London Fire Brigade Home Safety Visit.  Every home in London can book one – it’s free, because they want to prevent fires of course – and it’s especially good if you a worried about an …