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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Summer holiday in England – part 4

The weather was a bit hit and miss, but I found a day that might suit our needs perfectly.  It was scheduled to be warm and sunny in the morning and early afternoon, clouding over from the west, with rain in the late afternoon.  

So we headed as far East in Kent as you can go (almost) to make the most of the sunshine.

Yup – a day at the beach! Read More

Summer holiday in England – part 2

One thing I’ll never tire of is walking around the village where my parents live.  The kids were relatively disinterested at first, but they soon got into it and we had a blast walking around, looking at the alpacas in the field (there were there 2 years ago too) and also peering at the posh houses.   Read More

Summer holiday in England – part 1

Hello dear friends!

Apologies for the brief lull in activity – I’m about to make up for lost time, so bear with me.
I’ve been away, back to Blighty, to the Motherland to see my children.
Doesn’t seem that long ago that they were here in Perth with me.
Time flies.
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Christmas 2013 – Tern Island and Perth

The girls all wanted to go for a walk, so Henry stayed home with Jay and I drove the girls a few km down the road to Safety Bay so we could walk around Tern Island.

Fun fact, Tern Island isn’t actually an island.  Its a spit of sand thats well and truly connected to the land.  It encloses the a shallow lagoon that the kite surfers use as a wonderful freestyle kite playground.  I’ve posted a ton of pics of these guys here before.

Anyway, despite it not being an island, the tide was high and we had to wade out across the shallows to get on it. Read More

More from Christmas 2013

Damn, I’m slack – I was meaning to do a post every few days to get through all these, now it’s a month late and it’s not so relevant.  Ah well.

Anyway, continuing the theme – we spent a lot of time outside (as it wasn’t stupidly hot) and the beach, being pretty much on my front door step, was an obvious place to hang out for Ella and Henry! Read More

Christmas Lights

One thing we have done ever since I arrived in Perth is to visit the local Christmas lights on Christmas Eve.  A local street is pretty much given over the entire neighbourhood with thousands of people turning out to look at the incredible effort the residents have gone to.

I know this post is out of order from the other one, but I kinda forgot I had all these pics on the other camera!

Ella, Henry and I got in from the flight in time to have some (now cold, the flight was an hour late) pizza and then we all piled into the 4wd with kids sitting on each others laps (it’s not far to drive and only via deserted back streets) and drove to the closest park to the street, parked up and walked over to join the crowds. Read More