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October 23, 2018

Just had an eventful week at Ty Woods cottage at Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, my first trip to this island since 1975 when we only got as far as Llanfairpwyllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwillantysillogogogoch and then came home again. 

Of course, the new member of our household...

March 2, 2018

A short 2hr 30m hop across the Tasman Sea took us to New Zealand. Landing in Christchurch we quickly cleared and found ourselves in a pre-booked silver Toyota Corolla, auto with a cavernous boot and cruise control. First stop was a motel in the style of 1958 but no wor...

February 24, 2018

We are now close to exchanging the enclosed city streets of Sydney for the wide open spaces and mountainous views of South Island, New Zealand. In fact, I have just now completed on-line check-in for the next leg of our journey on to Christchurch.

The weather has taken...

February 21, 2018

Two coincidences loom large since we arrived. 

First coincidence, when we arrived in the hotel last week (is it a week ago already?) the first thing I did on entering the room was to put the TV on, as you do, and the room was filled with the opening refrains of Antiques...

February 14, 2018

I had previously known of jet lag as a concept but I now know what it actually means. We set off from home at 5.30pm Sunday evening and arrived here in Sydney at 7am Tuesday morning - and we were totally wiped out! First order of the day then was a snooze but that kind...

January 15, 2018

A little tinkering with the site has given a fresher look for the new year. It was so tempting to do too much but, as always, less is more, and I have resisted the urge to make wholesale changes contenting myself with a new front page and one or two subtle changes here...

November 16, 2017

This year, as we did in 2016 in Tuscany, we enjoyed a fabulous week with Sketch Trips, and this time our destination was Lisbon and the surrounding area. It was fabulous!

With a packed itinerary we visited Cascais, Belem Tower, Sintra and Lisbon itself. I took far too m...

July 24, 2017

Two Lakeland visits in the space of a week found me first on Fleetwith Pike from Honister mine and then Silver How out of Grasmere, both in glorious summer sunshine. Tremendous views off Fleetwith Pike along the length of the Buttermere valley with the three lakes of B...

July 24, 2017

I recently enjoyed a Sunday out at this museum in Dudley and for the annual 1940's weekend. Its a fabulous place to visit in what amounts to a whole village (albeit a small one) with everything and virtually everyone dressed as though it was wartime Britain - although...

July 10, 2017

On Saturday the 8th July 2017 I learned that the famous Flying Scotsman was crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct at lunchtime the following day. I have had this venue on my 'to do' list for some time and on checking the weather forecast found that conditions would be ideal,...

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