John and I took the most blissful trip to the (dog-friendly!) Coach House at Middleton Lodge – a Georgian Country Estate in rural North Yorkshire.

So while I love holidays, my sole complaint is always that I prefer our bed (aka “The Cloud”) back home. That is until I encountered this one: possibly the only bed that could genuinely accommodate the six of us at any given time.

Of all the rooms we could have been given! Meant to be.

The Kitchen Garden.

Giles’ face. 😂

I love that Giles can come on holidays with us, though it does always give me a pang of guilt that the cats are stuck at home!

The Fig House.

Cementing our gay-cation: my reading material consisted of Call Me By Your Name and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (the basis for Love, Simon).

Pertinently, the bed also got the patented Giles Seal of Approval.

Dinner in the snug, where Giles was also welcome!

Gin & Jam: does exactly what it says on the, er, jar.


Weirdly, I never eat breakfast at home but it’s one of my favourite parts of being on holiday.

Dexter, blood-spatter tulips.

Setting out on the nature trail around the estate.

Every time I see this, my eye goes straight to that ridiculous bear in the corner.


Bed of bones.

Black (and tan) bear in his natural habitat.

We may or may not have had to sprint the last 10 minutes of the nature trail on realising that the treatments John had booked were fast approaching.

Al fresco dining…in the UK?! It really does feel like Britain has been saving its summer days for the last 3 years and we’re getting them all at once.

I own 51% of this company.

John: They know a cow when they see one.

Come on, Blair – let’s get witchiiiiiinnn’!

Living my Call Me By Your Name fantasy. (Short of a trip to Italy, I really couldn’t have picked a more perfect location to read the book.)

A friend I picked up on my bike ride.

The secret garden is always open now. Open, and awake, and alive.

Safe to say that we both fell in love with this place. On the train ride home, we were already planning our next trip back.

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