Barcelona – Badelona

Barcelona. One of the many places to visit on my bucket list. When we booked our most recent adventure I couldn’t contain my excitement. I found myself looking at old pieces of artwork from high school where I first found my love for Gaudi’s architecture. The colours, the shapes and the unusual! I was so excited! Continue reading

Wombwell Woods

Today we found a real hidden gem for dog walking and the great thing is it’s less than five minutes away from where I live.

I often drive through Wombwell and the area I know as “Wombwell Woods” using it as a shortcut into Barnsley. I’ve lived in Barnsley since I was a child and it still surprises me with its heritage and it’s beauty.  Continue reading


I’m a padbrat and born in Germany and lived in a few different German towns & cities as I grew up. At Christmas I always talk about how Germans does things differently with the nativity windmills, Saint Nikolaus filling our shoes full of sweets at the beginning of December and I always get excited when the Christmas market visits town.

Dan told me to book a few days off work and said we were visiting the Market in Leeds, it was a lovely surprise to end up in Hamburg!

It was freezing cold, with the icy winds coming in from the port – we wrapped up warm and braced ourselves for the cold weather. Hamburg at Christmas has many different Weihnachts markts  and it was good to walk around them all. Continue reading


Rome is a place that I’d dreamt of going to since I was a child – The Eternal City, the City of Love… When my husband booked it I was so excited… Then the Brexit vote hit, our holiday provider went out of business and we were told our holiday was cancelled.

We called the provider who told us our fights were still booked and we’d need to check with the hotel to see if that had been paid for. I contacted the hotel by email and by phone – I did this almost every week (for around 6 weeks!) and I was assured that everything was still valid and that they were looking forward to seeing us soon. I contacted the hotel again two days before our flight (just to be sure) and was reassured, we were even told by our hotel that we could check in early for no extra charge.

I could finally enjoy my holiday! …..or so I thought. Continue reading

Agia Marina, Crete

Just before my 30th birthday there were whispers of parties and surprises… my worst nightmare! Before anything could be planned my lovely husband booked a few days away to Crete and asked my brother in law to pet/house sit. Panic over!

When we first arrived, I’ll admit, I was very worried. In the transfer from the airport to the hotel we drove through a few shady areas and there is lots of graffiti. Luckily as you enter Agia Marina it looks much better. I loved the lemon trees and cats… lots of cats. Continue reading

First Post

It’s been years since I’ve written a blog or journal and I’m very much out of practice…
This will be my 11th 15th attempt at writing a first sentence in my first blog.

It’s funny, blogging in theory seems so easy…
“Dear diary.. today I had such a lovely day.. I walked the dog, I went shopping and I had something lovely for lunch..”
…but it’s not. That sort of thing isn’t exciting, not to me at least.

I wanted my first post to be interesting, I wanted to tell you all about me, what I’ve been up to, to tell you where I’ve been… but I realise that would turn into an essay (or novel), a little bit boring and I want to try and keep you at least a little bit interested.

So quickly… some fun facts:

  • My name is Sarah-Leigh but most people call me Sarah.
  • I’m 30 (eek.)
  • I’ve got a lovely Husband, Dan. We got married on 16th May 2015 and it was a wonderful day.
  • I have 1 cat, Rogue. He lives up to his name.
  • I have 1 dog, Henry. He’s an English Springer Spaniel and he’s as springy as his breed suggests.
  • I was born in Germany but I’m British – This confuses a lot of people. I’m a Dandelion – a forces child – a pad brat.
  • I have a huge family … Parents, Step Parents, Grand Parents, In-Laws.. 7 (yes 7) sisters and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
  • I like music, art, games and travel …and I’m a bit of a geek.

The reason for my blog…
I’ve decided to blog to share the places I’ve been, things I’ve seen and to show you my creations. I’ll share with you the last few places I’ve travelled to and maybe throw in a picture of Henry and Rogue for good measure.


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