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Venice – why did I leave it so long?

March 3, 2017


My son and I took the decision to have a Mum and son break every year.  Just our two selves, visiting somewhere of his choice, without the Xbox and without the laptop.  Our last adventure was to Venice, he’d seen it on a James Bond movie and thought it looked ideal (although I was not […]

Quad bikes and clay pigeons

February 2, 2017


Travelling back to Balliemeanoch is always a joy and something we look forward to, relaxing with good friends, enjoying walks in the woods, sampling great food, sipping cold fizz in front of a roaring log fire and generally soaking up the atmosphere of life on the banks of Loch Fyne. When I do this trip […]

Fabulously Fifty

April 5, 2016


My mother always says old age does not come alone, I think she means, it comes with a few groans and a stiff joint here and there. I think it also means that the older we get the more friends we have, the bigger our circle of friendship becomes and the memories are richer, funnier […]

2014 blog review

December 29, 2014


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

Happy Christmas from McAllister and Co

December 18, 2014


 It’s been another great year.  I’ve been working with some exceptional clients and had a fab time. The highlights? A trip to New York with my favourite dolphin, a weekend in Barcelona with my best boy and a longer  stay in Mexico, which was awesome. Working with new clients, Shakespeare’s England and the Wye Valley […]


October 19, 2014


Guacamole for breakfast and tequila on tap. They had me at hello. Then add in swims with whale sharks, exploring Mayan temples, snorkelling with the most colourful fish, wall to wall sunshine – sometimes too hot to handle, walks on white sandy beaches and swims in crystal clear seas, and wrap this all up in […]

The answer to those ‘little town blues’ …

October 18, 2014


We sat on the beach in the early summer sun of 2013, chatting about a welcome training event for one of our favourite clients, when suddenly I changed the subject (as Monkey’s do) and said ‘Let’s go to New York next year’.  My beautiful Dolphin, without a second thought, said ‘ok then’.  It was a […]

All that hard work.

September 28, 2014


After being surprised to hear that I been nominated for Devon’s entrepreneur of the year and informed that I had been shortlisted as a semi finalist in the Small Business of the Year category, I was not sure was to expect when I went to the Venus Awards finalists announcement. Would I get any further? […]

A smile by email

August 1, 2014


As I sat in front of my computer, working my way through the, what seemed, unending stream of emails I’d received after being out of the office for a day – I suddenly got to one which gave me a huge smile.  I’ve been nominated for an award – Entrepreneur of the Year – and […]

Welcome to South West of England!

July 27, 2014


I spend a great deal of time travelling around England, visiting new places and working on different projects, but always come back to South West England. A region home to Devon’s beaches; Cornwall’s Eden Project; standing stones in Wiltshire; caves, cheese and cricket in Somerset; Dorset’s Jurassic Coast; boats and bridges in Bristol; Bath’s Roman […]