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 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 6: Camber Sands

Sometimes the summer in England really delivers.

The forecast was looking really good, so my sister and made a plan to go to the beach early and make the most of it.  After all, in England, you never know how long the sunshine will actually last for.

Once again – off we went complete with a packed lunch, to the old favourite, Camber Sands. 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 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 holiday in England – final part

My time with the kids was coming to a close, so we went back to our favourite place – the woods – for another walk around and one last go on the rope swing.

These woods are a part of me, having grown up there and spent so much of my childhood and teenage years criss crossing every nook and cranny. And for my children to love it as well gives me great pleasure.  I can’t even describe.

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