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Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 2

Slept peacefully and woke to a field covered in mist and the sun striking the flowering hawthorn. Performed a version of the vertical limbo in the shower and then first duty (after tea-making) nipple greasing, 3 full turns to keep the engine happy! Fill up the forward water tank (for ballast) and then through our […][...] read more » Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 2

Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 1

We set out at 7am, only to discover the M25 was already fouled up, but soon enough we were speeding on our way, enjoying the sunshine. We stopped off at Shrewsbury for lunch and what a fabulous surprise that was, full of beautiful Tudor buildings and all manner of narrow alleyways. We picked up our […][...] read more » Barging About: Llangollen Canal – Day 1

My Twitter Lessons .. No 3 (Twitter Tools)

There are all sorts of applications to help you with Twitter (Google gives you 46m hits for Twitter Top Tools!).  They can do all sorts of things and one big tip is to do this search and read through what people recommend.  One of my issues was I had no idea what to even look […][...] read more » My Twitter Lessons .. No 3 (Twitter Tools)

Little Chef Change Experiment – the results … part 2

  We decided to brave the remaining snow and ice that still lingers around here and venture down to Popham to try Mr Blumenthal’s new look breakfast at the Little Chef there.  I wanted to see if the change was real (see my earlier blog) The first thing that hit you was the look of […][...] read more » Little Chef Change Experiment – the results … part 2


This weekend I was lucky enough to revisit one of my all time favourite places, Watermeet, in Devon.  It is beautiful wooded gorge that has the river Lyn, flowing through it, tumbling over rocks towards the sea at Lynmouth.  It makes so much noise you can hear it at the level of the road about […][...] read more » Watersmeet

Canterbury Tales 2 – the Man in the Iron Mask

I came across the fabulous statue outside the Marlow Theatre in Canterbury.  It must be at least 10′ tall and the colour and texture is incredible.  I thought it was interesting how the iron managed to mimic the texture of skin so cleverly. I guess we all have a mask we wear, and probably a […][...] read more » Canterbury Tales 2 – the Man in the Iron Mask

A Canterbury Tale

Despite having lived in the South East for all my life, and in Surrey for over 30  years, I have never got round to visiting Canterbury.  On Friday night we realised that we would have an empty nest this weekend and thought that we ought to take advantage of this.  So it seemed an excellent […][...] read more » A Canterbury Tale

Calais Blog 2 – Surrender

So day 2 on our trip, and we have another day with no agenda. Continental breakfast on the terrace, a route march up the hill to some World War 1 memorial, then down the coast to ‘real’ French town for more sitting around followed by a delicious lunch of moules & frites. By this stage […][...] read more » Calais Blog 2 – Surrender

Calais Blog No 1… Saying ‘Yes!’

We had a rather nice surprise trip to France yesterday. My walking buddy & his wife suggested relocating our weekly walk to the other side of the channel and my kids (Bless them!) arranged themselves to make it possible. Everyone made it very easy to say “Yes”. The only thing that we had to do […][...] read more » Calais Blog No 1… Saying ‘Yes!’

Majorcan Blog No 10:

So we had to go into Palma to find the British Consulate.  Trying to find your way in a strange city is always tough, especially if you are driving but we had a great set of directions and our faithful satnav also helped, but it still was a real challenge.  The consulate was hidden on […][...] read more » Majorcan Blog No 10: