Category Archives: travel

Holiday: 31

Let me start by saying Porthmadog is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Currently awaiting the arrival of friends, this is the view from the window of the lovely spooners cafe. No idea where today’s adventure will take us. It will certainly involve laughter and with luck it may involve trains

Boat

A post of pictures this is the current stage of construction Since taking these she has been spray foamed…

Holiday: 24b

Boarding at Prague was interesting. A mix of chaos and order. Priority boarding existed but there was no lane cordoned off, leading to a lot of confusion and a situation resembling a bad scrum; or the first day of school The view from my window as we awaited take off was reminiscent of the scifi […]

Holiday: 23 & 24

Yesterday we went to visit the boat builders. It was quite clearly a macho culture, presenting a very heterosexual view of the world. Walls adorned with scantily clad ladies in interesting poses, and those who left even less to the imagination, who surely would catch their death of cold caught the eye immediately. It was […]

Crick Boat Show 2017 – a review

Last year, newbies to the event, we paid for three days camping, a weekend pass … and a vague idea of “buying a boat” at “Some point” in a “distant future”.  Our minds were blown away, from the initial decision to have a narrow boat to visiting the broadbeams and knowing there and then what […]

Saying Goodbye

To three camping stalwarts today: our Elsan toilet, the camping fridge, and the old brown coolbox.  All have done stirling service. None owe us anything. While two of them –  for certain – cost us nothing, coming free as they  did with Shara the van. Shara went to the big campsite in the sky 5 […]

May 07

50 before 50: #17 & #18 Harlow

Snapped yesterday in Harlow were these two Blue Plaques. I’ll be honest, I was surprised to see them. Harlow for me has a negative connotation. Home to all the worst  Essex can be: chavs, shellsuits, bling. And yet I found  a bustling connurbation. A thriving market, a wide range of shops. A community spirit. A […]

May 06

50 before 50: Build a dream home. 

When I started the 50 before 50 challenge, this was one I thought would refer to our beautiful home in Southend, which we had been steadily renovating.  Time has revealed other plans for OH and myself, as we completed on the sale of said home on Friday and now begin the next chapter.  Currently We […]

Aug 17

Woodham Mortimer: an awful lot of history

If you are traveling along the A414 to Malden you will go through Woodham Mortimer and you will pass this view. Blink – of course – and you will miss it. On the left of the road there is a church and a house with a blue plaque. To the right there is  what appears […]

Oct 20

Phyllis Pearsall: Plot saver…

As an historian, I usually don’t have a lot of time for geography. It’s professional pride. We’re at opposite ends of the humanities – and like daleks and cybermen, historians and geographers are fundamentally different. One is a noble exponent of detection, the other a mere scientist. but for Phyllis Pearsall, I am prepared to […]