Doggy

I’ve never been a fan of large dogs (or even small ones really) until we got our first one.  She was 2 year old rottweiler/ridgeback cross – 40kg of love, affection and loyal perimeter protection.

She’s lovely, but apart from liking to play tug of war, she doesn’t do the usual dog stuff.  Won’t fetch or catch, hates the beach, impossible around other dogs (she’s too excited).  She was a little lonely I think, so after a few years, we got her a pal.  A rescue puppy, we thought, would acclimatise better to the house dynamics, would grow up with the cats and might even be their friend. Read More

Shack

Ages ago, I started a project to take photos of all the old houses in the area with my Holga medium format camera.

Well, I only got so far and lost interest, but I was going through my photos and discovered I’d taken a  load with the regular digital camera.

So with a little nip and tuck in Lightroom, I kinda massaged them into a similar feel of image to finish the project – at least as finished as it was going to get. Read More

Walking before you run

So, regular readers (what I have left, given the infrequency of my posts!) will remember that since March I’ve been on a bit of a health kick.

Its been going really well – consistency, not overdoing it or expecting some magical body transformation and falling in a heap and finding solitude in 13 tubs of Ben and Jerrys ice cream when I dont get a six pack after the 3rd day is the trick.

Just eat a bit less and move a bit more.  Repeat.

That’s it.  I know, right, whodathunkit?

Anyways – I kinda maxed out with the waking – was getting to the point where I could walk a 1/2 marathon at max speed and not get into heart rate zone 4 (the productive zone).  So I needed to up the ante.

I’ve always wanted to run but never found a way to do it without getting shin splints.
Until now (kinda – read on) Read More

Summer in England 2017 – final post

Sorry for the slight delay – I have succumbed to the rather nasty flu that is doing the rounds here in Perth..

I dropped the kids back off in Suffolk and said our goodbyes and given a minor miracle with the lack of weekend traffic, was back home in Kent nice and early with time to kill for a change.

The weather was beautiful so I decided to go for a run around Plaxtol. Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 7 – White Cliffs of Dover

Whilst Deal was fun in a kind of ‘faded English seaside town with castles’ kind of a way, we were a bit unsatisfied and it was only just early afternoon and the sun was shining.

As we drove through Dover, I saw a sign for ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ and made an executive decision.. detour time.

So we went up the steep hill past Dover Castle to see what the famous White Cliffs of Dover had to offer Read More

Summer in England 2017 – Part 6 – A trip to Deal

It was getting towards the end of the trip and I wanted to take the kids somewhere different.  The day wasn’t going to be ideal weather wise early on, but it was promising to clear up late morning and be a beautifully sunny summer day.

So I packed the kids in the car on a rainy morning and we drove an hour to the far eastern part of Kent to go see the Henry VIII era castle and what else was there. Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 5 – rowing on the river Medway

We’d done this before, but we decided to go to Tonbridge and hire a rowing boat and row around the river.

It was a much nicer day than last time (it rained on us before!) and Ella being a bit older this time, took the oars and rowed us around! Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 4 – walking Plaxtol to One Tree Hill

This is a simple post, with lots of pretty pictures 🙂

I got up early and went for an ambitious walk, through the footpaths and laneways of the places I know like the back of my hand from when I grew up.

Views for days, beautiful old buildings and the paths go on and on for as long as you can.

I was a beautiful day too.  Was so perfect.  So much so that I even ran back from where I ended up – 6km.   Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 3 – a visit to Scotney Castle

After a few days We were thinking of places we hadn’t been to that weren’t too far away and we settled on Scotney Castle.

It was about 40 minutes drive and despite being a beautiful Sunday after a few days of rain, we managed not to get too caught up in the traffic the notoriously busy roads that head down towards the south coast.  The kids were happy – another new place to go, with the promise of a lunch out and maybe ice creams later. Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 2 – Climbing and the Marc Chagall windows at Tudeley

We took the kids to a local indoor climbing place in Tonbridge – they have all these really cool climbing challenges for all sorts of levels of ability with a special ‘auto belay’ line thingo that means they can climb high without worrying about falling off; the thing always lowers you gently to the ground very cool and safe. Read More