Summer in England 2015 – part 8: Aylesford Priory


Sadly, time always passes by so quickly and our time together was almost done.  We had a few hours to spare on the last day, so I thought we could have a quick trip just down the road to Aylesford.

I used to play in a band when I was about 17 and 18 and we used to practice in one of the band members houses in Aylesford, so I know the town well – and it has a very interesting history with an active Carmelite Friary that dates back to the Crusades. Read More

Summer in England 2015 – part 7: Fossil hunting at Folkestone


Fossil hunting!

This is one of the things that I enjoy most.  It’s pretty much how I got to be where I am today, career wise. Yes, I know I work in IT (and the business end of IT at that) but its because I was taken to a quarry on a primary school field trip and found a fossil that I took the courses and exams and jobs and stuff that got me here.

Anyway, enough of that sentimental claptrap, I decided to infect the kids with the same magic that had worked for me.

So off we went to Folkestone in search of ammonites from the 110 million year old Gault Clay Read More

Summer in England 2015 – part 5: A walk around Plaxtol and Fairlawne


Kent is amazingly beautiful and I always considered myself very privileged to grow up there.  I used to cycle and walk all over the place as soon as I was old enough (which in those days was from about twelve – times change!) and I built up an intimate knowledge of every lane and footpath I could get to under my own steam.  So whenever I return, I love to expand that knowledge and add more detail to my personal map of of the place that will always feel like ‘home’ Read More

Summer in England 2015 – part 4: Wellington Rocks at Tunbridge Wells


After a few hours scrambling over the rocks, it was time for food.

The kids decided that they didn’t want to eat in the High Rocks pub (fussy buggers, the food choices looked awesome) so we drove off in search of a cafe or something similar.

We wandered into Rusthall High St and settled on a little cafe called ‘The Daily Bread‘ – which was small and new and looked interesting.  Read More

Summer in England 2015 – part 3: High Rocks at Tunbridge Wells


At least forty years ago, my Grandparents took me and I think my middle sister to play on some rocks in Tunbridge Wells.

I remember my Grandads white Daimler with red leather interior and that distinctive Daimler/Jaguar leathery walnut smell and I remember looking out over the rocks from Mount Ephraim.

Near there, there’s a place called High Rocks which was supposed to be pretty fun, so off we went to have fun and see if my memory could guide me back 40 years. Read More

Summer in England 2015 – part 2: rowing on the river at Tonbridge


The next day was overcast and had rain forecast, but we’re made of tough water resistant English stock – no hiding inside for us!

We had wanted to hire a boat and cruise down the river at Tonbridge, but the exchange rate was terrible and my $AU are now worth about 30% less in £GBP than last year, so we had to downscale our ambitions a little bit.   Read More

Summer in England 2015 – Part 1: Arrival.


It’s that time of year again when I go back to spend some quality time with the kids in England.

English summer is a magical time and really shows off the country to its absolute best – if you’re going to go – then July and August, even though it’s probably the busiest time, is probably the best. Read More


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