Posted on September 19, 2017
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
Posted on September 9, 2017
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.
Posted on March 5, 2017
It was time to see the kids – been looking forward to this for ages!
I was flying Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi in the UAE this time. I’d flown them once before and it was a pretty good experience, although the airport is pretty busy and claustrophobic if you’re not inside the gate. Waiting areas and toilets are not so good.
But my transit was 90 minutes, so I figured it really didn’t matter. It was the cheapest route this time and dollars is dollars!
Posted on September 21, 2016
My trip over top the UK is really about one thing. Family.
Centered around my kids, of course, but also seeing my parents and my sisters and their kids.
Feels good to get together and I’m glad we usually get lots of time together. Read More
Posted on September 17, 2016
We’d been to Hever before, but it was over 6 years ago (see the link at the bottom of the post) and the kids couldn’t remember going.
They both wanted to go and play in the maze and the day was looking sunny and it seemed like a good idea!
Posted on September 4, 2016
Because of the injuries I picked up in the motorbike accident in November last year, I was unable to get back to England in the spring, so it had been a year since I saw the kids. I was really looking forward to this trip.
Having had bad experiences with Malaysia Airlines the last 2 times I flew with them, I paid a bit extra and booked with Singapore. Malaysia Airlines are struggling since they lost those 2 planes and it shows. Singapore Airlines never seem to have an issue with their schedules and thats what counts for me, sorry Malaysia Airlines!
Posted on October 11, 2015
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
Posted on September 16, 2015
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
Posted on September 13, 2015
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.
Posted on August 29, 2015
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