Another Flying Visit

“Have you been away again?” That was a question I was asked recently by a friend at my local running club after missing another training night.  The answer was yes, we joined our local Ramblers group in their annual visit to the Derbyshire Peak District. Our base for this long weekend of walking was the…

Canals and Rivers

After the battering we received on Graig Fan Ddu ridge the other day it was time for something a little more relaxing.  The weather had relented somewhat and had blessed us with some occasional autumn sunshine as we made our way firstly to Abergavenny for a look round and coffee, then on to Brecon. It…

On The Border

I am not about to write a critique about the Eagles album of the same name, but this is about a week away for us in the lovely village of Usk on the border of England and Wales. Usk sits on the river of the same name and is located in the south east corner…

Dorset and the Jurassic Coast

Occasionally I try and participate in a Landscape photography workshop in a part of the country I have never visited or am not familiar with.  This year I joined a workshop on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and the base for this workshop is Swanage.  I have a very  vague memory of a family holiday here over…

Wildlife Watching

Sadly we only had one full day in Vancouver before moving on to the next stop in our short visit to the west coast, this time to Tofino on Vancouver Island. This involved a 90 minute ferry crossing and a three hour drive across the island to reach our destination. Tofino is a small village…

Vancouver

Having arrived in Vancouver on a high after the Rocky Mountaineer experience we have a little time to explore Canada’s third largest city, before heading off on the last leg of our road trip.  For those not too familiar with Canada’s geography Vancouver is a coastal sea port in western Canada in the lower mainland…

Journey Through The Clouds

Why visit Jasper in early Autumn?  It is the end of the summer season; one local  shopkeeper told us that “…….in a month’s time summer will be switched off and winter will start, almost overnight” Our reason for being here is that it is the start point for our two day journey on “The Rocky…

Louise and Jasper

Before anyone gets any ideas, this is not a suggestion for a remake of that most famous of road trip movies, “Thelma and Louise”.  No, this is something far too mundane for Hollywood, but wonderful for us, the next two destinations on our Canadian adventure. The resort of Lake Louise lies sandwiched between Trans Canadian…

Crossing The Pond

It has been a while since we headed west on our travels (other than to Winchester) so time to correct this.  So where to go?  Friends had told us of their trip to Canada a few years ago and this really appealed, so borrowing their itinerary we laid our own plans. “Welcome to Calgary where…

Island Life

Nestled about 5 miles off the Southampton coastline is the Isle of Wight, the second most populous island in the UK. It has been a popular holiday destination for many years; Queen Victoria built her own bijou holiday residence there she called Osborne House. We had been invited by friends to visit them in Shanklin…