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

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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

England Trip – Feb 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!
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Summer in England 2016 – part 3 – family

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

Summer in England 2016 – part 2 – Hever Castle

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!

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Summer in England 2016 – part 1

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!

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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