The Traveling Duchess

The Traveling Duchess, Kensington Palace, London, UK



Good day! As many of my readers know, when I do travel internationally, I tend to stay most often in lodgings where I can make my own coffee.  I like having my own space for relaxation, dining should I choose not to eat out and generally having "WhooSah" moments to simply luxuriate and reflect.  

With the fall and holiday season in full swing, I thought I would share this luxurious Pumpkin Walnut Cake recipe that is to be featured in The Traveling Duchess's new cookery and tips book, "How Can One Travel and Not Eat?!"  Yes, The Traveling Duchess absolutely can cook!  Please enjoy!


3 c. sifted flour                              4 large eggs

2 tsp. baking powder                     2 c. sugar

2 tsp. baking soda                         1 1/2 c, corn oil

2 tsp. salt                                       1 can (1 lb.) pumpkin

3 1/2 tsp. cinnamon                       1 c. coarsely chopped nuts

 On wax paper sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  In a large mixing bowel with electric mixer at high speed, beat eggs until yokes and whites are combined.  Gradually add sugar beating until thick and lemon colored.  Pour in oil, beating constantly with mixer at low speed, bend in sifted dry ingredients alternately with pumpkin, beginning and ending with dry ingredients, beat well after each addition.  Stir in walnuts.  Pour into ungreased tube pan.  Bake a 350 degrees about 70 minutes.  Cool completely before removing from pan.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

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The Traveling Duchess camping in Salisbury, UK in a Pup Tent! 

I so enjoyed my time camping out in Salisbury, UK pitched up in a pup tent!  Yes, my friends, a pup tent.  I had taken a decidedly different turn and a wonderful new experience awaited me.  It was bracingly cold, pouring down raining and I was here for it!  The land was so lush and green, it simply took my breath away.  It so reminded me of home.  I sent a photo of me and my pup tent to my cousin Charlie in rural Missouri and he said, “Now Bird, that’s the life!”   

I had purchased my pup tent locally in Wiltshire, home to the Magna Carta.  I really liked it as it had a porch, sky view opening and was rainproof.  Brilliant!  Armed with groceries from the local co-op, a good comfy and warm sleeping bag, and Moët champagne to keep my blood warm, I was set. 

I learned of the Salisbury Club Site from The Camping and Caravanning Club which has over 2500 Club Sites to choose from around the UK

I pitched up at the Salisbury Club Site at Hudson’s Fields and it did not disappoint.  Boasting views of Old Sarum, the campsite was surrounded by plenty of open spaces, sheep grazing in the fields and was an ideal spot to enjoy rest and relaxation.  The Club has a reception/shop at the entry gate and sits right next to the inheritance and castle ruins built by William the Conqueror which I did get to tour at my leisure.  They have on duty staff and plenty of space for RV, Van and Tent camping.  They have a clean on-site facilities such as a small shop, laundry room, shower and bath area which was very welcome and they have WiFi.  I met many kind, charming and fascinating people as well.  The gentleman that runs the place is a honorable military man of distinction.  Pitch types on the offer include grass pitches with or without electric hook-up, hardstanding pitches with electrical hook-up and jumbo grass pitches with no electric hook-up.   

I spent a week and thoroughly enjoyed my stay.  My thanks to Marcus, Lisa, Mick, Lucy, Mike and Joy for making it a memorable and safe trip.

Kind regards,

The Traveling Duchess


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