Mette Poynton
Mum and Wife, Writer and Professional Tourist.

Entries by Mette Poynton

Dorset Unplanned

(14) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 8:26 AM

In August 2015 I spent 3 days on the Jurassic Coast in beautiful Dorset with my family. My 7-year-old son's interest in dinosaurs, fossils and all things Jurassic, inspired the trip and we went in the hope that, other than wonderful memories from a break away as a family, we...

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My Gastric Sleeve and Me

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 3:51 PM

On the 28th of November this year, I underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, a type of bariatric surgery where 85% of my stomach was removed, leaving what is known as a gastric sleeve.


Image credit: Singhal Surgical.


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Seven Great Places to Sleep in the Cotswolds

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 7:16 PM

Whether you're into sleeping al fresco under the stars and in the middle of the woods or bunking in a luxurious hotel bedroom with a beautiful view of the rolling hills, there's a bed in the Cotswolds with your name on it!

So when you plan your next visit...

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Stay On Set in the Cotswolds

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 7:50 AM

Recently the mini-series of J. K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy was shown on TV. I loved it and not least because it was filmed in the lovely Cotswolds where I live and run Cotswolds Concierge, a business promoting all things Cotswolds. Filming of The Casual Vacancy...

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Cornwall Unplanned

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 2:07 PM

Over Easter my family and I spent 4 days in wonderful Cornwall. This was a family holiday as well as reconnaissance for Cornwall Concierge.

The trip was decided a couple of months in advance, so imagine our delight when we saw that the weather was due to...

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Seven Great Places to Eat in the Cotswolds

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 8:56 PM

More and more, the Cotswolds is becoming a great hub for foodies from all over the country. Great chefs are coming here for the wonderful produce and to showcase their talent and their food, great food lovers come here from all over the country, and in fact the...

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Seven Places to Go When You Visit the Cotswolds With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Every day my family and I consider ourselves lucky to be living in one of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds.

People come to The Cotswolds from all over the UK and World to experience this picture perfect haven. And it really is picture perfect, but it's...

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The Cotswolds Mystery

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:32 PM

One day, all the sheep in The Cotswolds disappeared. All we know for sure, is that one of these people is responsible... but who? It's a mystery!


On May 9th 2014 a PR campaign unlike any other was launched...

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Seven Places To Go When You Visit The Cotswolds This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 9:36 AM

Every day I consider myself so lucky to be living in one of the UK's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds.

People come to The Cotswolds from all over the World to experience this truly magnificent place with its picture perfect villages and landscapes. And although...

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The Unenthusiastic Dieter - The Big Fat Diet Finish

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 11:37 AM

How Alex James and Oprah Winfrey changed the course of my diet journey.

I started a diet on January 1st of this year and it has been a rollercoaster ride of sorts. I lost weight but I hated the dieting. I hated the focus around food and body image. I...

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The Unenthusiastic Dieter - No More Excuses Not to Exercise

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 5:18 AM

On 31 December 2012, I set my New Year's Resolution: To lose 40 kg's in 12 months. Today, 4 months after I started, I'm happy to report that I'm 17 kg's lighter already. In this, the 4th month just gone, I'm back on track with my diet (last month I...

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The Unenthusiastic Dieter - The Brutal Honesty of a 4-Year-Old

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 6:48 PM

In the past month, I've had quite a few people ask me nicely how my diet is going... my responses have included, "Leave me alone", "That's none of your business" and "Ah, that's my landline ringing, gotta get it, Byeee".

Progress Update: 14 kilos down, 26 kilos to go.

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Hello New Technology, Bye Bye Common Courtesy!

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 8:00 PM

When I, at 18, graduated sixth form college back in Denmark, I decided my next step in life should be a year of work experience in a London hotel. This is 18 years ago now (what?!) and although we did have a computer at home, the internet wasn't mainstream so...

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The Unenthusiatic Dieter - The Jimmy Choo Carrot On A Stick

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 1:22 AM

Progress Update: 14 kilos down, 26 kilos to go.

On 31 December 2012, I set my New Year's Resolution: To lose 40 kg's in 12 months. Today, 2 months after I started, I am happy to report that I'm 14 kg's lighter already.

I've found the dieting very easy, but...

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How to Make Twitter Work For Your Local Business

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Celebrities use Twitter as a platform to interact on a personal level with fans, big businesses use Twitter to establish their online presence and to show their customers that they are accessible, mere mortals use Twitter to follow celebrities and businesses and for news stories... and so on....

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How To Handle Divorce With Children

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 9:23 AM

I normally write about things I directly have experience with or about current topics that I simply have an opinion about. Today I will make an exception and share the story of some great friends of mine.

The story is essentially this: These two people met when he was married...

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Top 10 Money Making Tips

(9) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 8:31 AM

I recently wrote an article here on The Huffington Post about how to SAVE money, "Top 10 Money Saving Tips". The list was comprised of the money saving tips I have shared on my money saving website,, and are all things I myself have tried,...

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Pregnant With Twins: How It's Different From a Single Pregnancy

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 8:29 AM

I'm a proud mother of 4-year-old twins, Matthew and Noelle. My husband and I went through IVF treatment (In Vitro Fertilisation) to conceive in the beginning of 2007 and in July 2008 we became parents for the first time. The children are in primary school now, they grow up so...

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The Unenthusiastic Dieter - Surprisingly Chipper

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Progress Update: 12 kilos down, 28 kilos to go.

On the 31st of December 2012, I wrote the first of 12 blog posts about how 2013 is to be the year I take back control of my body and lose weight, "The Unenthusiastic Dieter - New Year's Resolution".

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What We Look Like in Our Own Minds

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 6:40 AM

The other day I spent some time with a woman I haven't known for very long. She's the friend of a friend and a lovely person. She's also, unlike me, a petite little number, a result of her being on a diet for years - she won't mind me writing...

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