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Lessons from the Bahamas – part 3

One day, we went deep sea fishing. It was a pretty expensive trip given the cost of the boat and all the equipment, we travelled miles off-shore and whilst it was a great experience, and despite our crews very best endeavours, no fish were caught.  We enjoyed the ride, enjoyed seeing flying fish, and the […][...] read more » Lessons from the Bahamas – part 3

Lessons from the Bahamas – part 2

The beach was regularly ‘patrolled’ by locals who were plying their wares, Cuban cigars, dresses and bangles, cruises, drinks and time-shares.  You might have found it annoying but one had to admire their enterprise.  One thing that was very interesting to observe, was they seldom came up and said “Do you want to buy…” which […][...] read more » Lessons from the Bahamas – part 2

Lessons from the Bahamas – part 1

This was my first visit to the West Indies, and my first on holidays.  My nearest other trip was to Puerto Rico, but that was a strictly business, so this was a real opportunity to see what they were like and learn about the islands and their people.  Of course, it was hot and the […][...] read more » Lessons from the Bahamas – part 1

Lessons from the Ceredigion Way–part 2

Whilst we were walking the Ceredigion Way, we learnt that it wasn’t a stroll along the beach, rather a series of seemingly endless ups and downs.  It was hard to decide which was harder, climbing the blooming hills or descending them, down steps that were all the wrong sizes or paths covered with shale, whilst […][...] read more » Lessons from the Ceredigion Way–part 2

Lessons from the Ceredigion Way–part 1

This was the final hill down into Aberystwyth, and this picture doesn’t do justice to just how steep it was!  We had just finished the walk from Cardigan along the Ceredigion Way.  It was unbelievably beautiful and if you like walking I can certainly recommend it.  We learnt a lot about the local flora and […][...] read more » Lessons from the Ceredigion Way–part 1

South Downs Way

Yesterday, a friend and I finally finished our walk along the South Downs Way, through 4 counties and two national parks.  It is 100 miles long and you climb (and descend) 13,600 ft.  You can see from the profile above it is all up and down… subjectively much more up than down, but in truth […][...] read more » South Downs Way

The end of the holiday–Bodnant and the Lakes

I’d always heard of the laburnum arch,and wanted to see it, but never knew where it was; it turns out that it is in Bodnant Gardens which are in the Conwy Valley in north Wales, about an hour from where we were.   It was so worth the trip.  The drive through the Dee valley was […][...] read more » The end of the holiday–Bodnant and the Lakes

Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 4

Our final day started by re-crossing the aqueduct, we were now seasoned old hands. Only the day before the Olympic torch crossed it on a barge drawn by 3 men, how weird is that!? We then boated uphill(!) all the way to Llangollen, and not only is that strange, but very hard work. The water […][...] read more » Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 4

Barging About: Lessons in Change

Steering a barge ain’t easy! To start with you push the tiller (the steery thing) left to go right and vice versa. Then weighing about 20 tons and proceeding at a stately 3mph it takes an age to respond to any directions. The rudder (the bit in the water) is also relatively small and makes […][...] read more » Barging About: Lessons in Change

Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 3

It is amazing how quickly unfamiliar becomes familiar. Four people squeezed into a confined space, in a strange environment and you soon find yourself adopting roles and ‘owning territory’. Yesterday I was handed the tiller as the barge needed to navigate a series of bends and bridges, it was the equivalent of giving a learner […][...] read more » Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 3