South Downs

We are in East Sussex, at a hotel spa and golf complex meting up with Lyn’s Uncle, Ray and his wife, Sue for a couple of days exploring the area.  The hotel complex lies about 8 miles south of the town of Uckfield and we are about 30 minutes drive from the south coast, Eastbourne,…

Well, It’s Walking But Not As We know It!

We awoke on the Saturday morning to snow on the tops of the high peaks.  Yes this is May and yes I did say snow! It is the bank holiday weekend in Keswick and the crowds are out.  Walkers, day trippers and locals crowd the streets and the roads around are busy. My shoulder injury…

More Lakeland Magic

Having already visited Castle Crag and Rannerdale Knotts, two relatively straightforward walks, it was time to look at something a little longer in distance and height. Before leaving home I had looked at a walk from the nearby village of Braithwaite which took in three “Wainwrights” in close proximity.  There is no set definition of…

Bring Me Sunshine

We are on our travels again, this time to the Lake District for some spring walking.  On the way up we had a night stop in Lancaster to visit Lyn’s friend Jenny in Heysham, which is close by. Heysham is a coastal town in the Northwest of England, noted mainly for the ferry terminal to…

Farewell Tornado

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Run Runaway

I have mentioned Parkrun in previous blogs from last time we were in Australia in 2018.   Altona Beach is close by so again we decided that a Parkrun would be a good start to our Saturday mornings.  They start at 8am in Australia which is great for us and means that it does not…

Old into New

From an old established suburb of Melbourne to an almost brand new one.  We have moved to Point Cook, just over an hour away from Hampton, and the difference could not be more stark. Hampton was an established and mature suburb with classic style houses and bungalows interspersed with the odd new build. In 2001, Point Cook…

Home From Home?

There is one thing any British visitor to Australia will notice, it is that place names here are copied, borrowed or even repeated from the homeland.  One can only surmise that it gave the new settlers a sense of a home from home, although I can’t imagine many early settlers were from Sandringham England, unless…

Somewhere Old, But Somewhere New Too.

In one of the earlier blogs I wrote about “not going back”.  Well, despite writing that, we have gone back, back to Melbourne but there is a reason.  We are catching up with friends and family.  In the past we have always stayed out to the west side of Melbourne, however this time we have…

Tour de Tassie Concludes

The drive from St Helens to Swansea took us down the main east coast road past some familiar sounding names obviously borrowed from home, like Beaumaris and Falmouth.  We eventually stopped at a small town called Bicheno. We had a good look round and it seemed a bustling, busy sort of place, popular with tourists…