Summer in England 2016 – part 4 – beachtime!

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We had a few days of variable weather but really wanted to go to the beach with the entire family.  My sisters have turned into our parents and always insist on getting places super early in order to get a good spot good parking etc.

I begrudgingly accept there is logic in it, but at 7am as we set off for Botany Bay near Margate, I was less convinced! Read More

Summer in England 2016 – part 3 – family

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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

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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

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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

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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

Summer in England 2015 – part 7: Fossil hunting at Folkestone

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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 5: A walk around Plaxtol and Fairlawne

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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