Panama Canal American Cruising Tips

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Panama Canal American Cruising Tips MARY’S BLOG Having just returned from a cruise which included transiting the Panama Canal, I thought it might be helpful for other people considering a cruise to jot down some useful Panama Canal American Cruising Tips gleaned from our adventure It felt as though we had been on another planet.  […]

Special Interest Holidays

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Special Interest Holidays We are all familiar with holidays catering for skiers or cyclists but what about holidays offering opportunities for learning about a whole range of other interests. If you have a busy life with a limited amount of time to spend on your hobbies, this is a great way to indulge your passion […]

Gatwick New Routes

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Gatwick Airport has continued to expand this year resulting in a number of additional Gatwick new routes. Passenger numbers have also increased by over 5% to 45.5 million passengers. Last month the Airports Operators Association awarded Gatwick ‘Best Airport’. They were congratulated on their new waste plant as the first in the world which can […]

Puerto Rico – What’s Puerto Rico like?

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Whats Puerto Rico like? Puerto Rico suffered serious hurricane damage in September 2017. Hurricane Irma hit first which wrecked the islands of Culebra and Vieques and caused flooding and damage along the north coast. Scarcely a week later, Hurricane Maria, became the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 89 years. Although the damage was […]

St Lucia – What’s St Lucia like?

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Whats St Lucia Like – A perfect holiday destination? St Lucia is one of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It is located in the Eastern Caribbean north of Barbados, between Martinique and St Vincent. The Caribbean laps its western coast and the Atlantic its eastern coast. It is 27 miles long and 14 […]

Cruising the Caribbean Islands

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With each island having its own culture and character, cruising the Caribbean islands is one of the best ways to discover the true charm of the Caribbean. You’ll find wonderful beaches and azure waters throughout the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The Caribbean Islands are perfectly located geographically to allow your cruise to […]

Caribbean Hurricane Season Travel Information

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After the hurricanes in September 2017, you may be concerned about the risk of a hurricane disrupting your trip.  Here is some Caribbean hurricane season travel information to help you with your holiday plans. When is Hurricane Season in the Caribbean? The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak […]

Best Caribbean Holiday Destinations

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Which are the best Caribbean holiday destinations?  To help you decide, we’ve produced a quick list of the most popular Caribbean islands, along with details about what you can expect to find on each island, plus details on some of the top resorts.  So then you’ll know which is the best Caribbean holiday destination for […]

A Lovely Weekend in Surrey

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Not all of our guests stay with us because of our proximity to Gatwick. As we are not under the flight path, many of our guests choose Springwood as a base for a relaxing break in Surrey. Here are some of the things you could enjoy while staying at Springwood for a weekend at the […]

Spiced Apple Chutney

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Ingredients 225g/8oz onions, chopped 900g/2lb apples, cored and chopped 110g/4oz sultanas, raisins or chopped dates 15g/½oz ground coriander 15g/½oz paprika 15g/½oz mixed spice 15g/½oz salt 340g/12oz granulated sugar 425ml/¾ pints malt vinegar   Method Put all the ingredients into a preserving pan. Slowly bring to the boil until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 1½-2 hours, stirring from time to time to […]