England

Isle of Wight (not pile of shite)

[STOP PRESS: Just found out that Isle of Wight was the place where the America’s Cup yacht race originated. The America’s Cup is one of the oldest and best-known trophies in international sailing yacht competition. It was  first offered as the “Hundred Guinea Cup” in 1851 by the Royal Yacht…

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Canals now and then.

Dave and I have had a fascination for canals and canal boats for many years. Back in 2006 we traveled to Wales and hired a canal boat on the Llangollen Canal, crossing over the majestic 126 foot high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. On the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, such a long way down. It was…

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Bradford on Avon, not upon.

A while back I was reading about Bradford on Avon, some kind of forum I think, where a writer called the town Bradford-upon-Avon. Well you wouldn’t believe the indignation of some of the commenters! Apparently it is a great insult to the town to call it Bradford-upon-Avon, although it is…

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Avebury Surprise

Our first attempt at visiting Avebury was aborted. We arrived at around 2 o’clock on a very cold, miserably damp afternoon. Pulled into the car park to find the ubiquitous “pay & display” machine demanding we hand over £4.00 for the privilege. Between us we had just £3.80 in coins…

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Twizel, of the new and the old

In 2015 we visited 2 different Twizels. Twizel the Fairly New. We came across the first Twizel by chance in New Zealand. The second Twizel we found in Northumberland England, all because of the first Twizel. We discovered the small town of Twizel at the base of Aoraki Mt Cook…

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London Still

Our time house sitting and wandering around Peckham in London.

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Brixton, London, SW2

Our 10 day stay in Brixton was all about catching up with Adam and meeting his beautiful fiancée, Jacque, in person for the first time. The added bonus was meeting Jacque’s mum and stepdad, Deb and Tom, who traveled over from Denver at the same time. Tom’s cousin Frederique even…

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Staying in the bunker today

This morning we awoke to the devastating news of last night’s Paris tragedy and attacks in Lebanon. We watched it being reported on the BBC. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from the TV but we needed to leave our house-sit flat and take Tuck out for his morning…

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More in Morpeth

We probably wouldn’t have considered staying for any length of time in Morpeth if it hadn’t been for this house sitting assignment. We’d just pass through, maybe spend a night in a B&B, a quick look around the town. For 2 weeks in October we relief-managed the Riverside Guesthouse so…

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Halloween

Halloween in my Australia isn’t much more than a bunch of kids, hopefully under adult supervision, knocking on the front doors of neighbours asking for lollies. I remember when Adam was little he and some of the local kids would go around our street trick or treating (Adam called it…

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