Summer in England 2017 – part 5 – rowing on the river Medway

We’d done this before, but we decided to go to Tonbridge and hire a rowing boat and row around the river.

It was a much nicer day than last time (it rained on us before!) and Ella being a bit older this time, took the oars and rowed us around! Read More

Advertisements

Summer in England 2017 – part 4 – walking Plaxtol to One Tree Hill

This is a simple post, with lots of pretty pictures 🙂

I got up early and went for an ambitious walk, through the footpaths and laneways of the places I know like the back of my hand from when I grew up.

Views for days, beautiful old buildings and the paths go on and on for as long as you can.

I was a beautiful day too.  Was so perfect.  So much so that I even ran back from where I ended up – 6km.   Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 3 – a visit to Scotney Castle

After a few days We were thinking of places we hadn’t been to that weren’t too far away and we settled on Scotney Castle.

It was about 40 minutes drive and despite being a beautiful Sunday after a few days of rain, we managed not to get too caught up in the traffic the notoriously busy roads that head down towards the south coast.  The kids were happy – another new place to go, with the promise of a lunch out and maybe ice creams later. Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 2 – Climbing and the Marc Chagall windows at Tudeley

We took the kids to a local indoor climbing place in Tonbridge – they have all these really cool climbing challenges for all sorts of levels of ability with a special ‘auto belay’ line thingo that means they can climb high without worrying about falling off; the thing always lowers you gently to the ground very cool and safe. 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!
Read More

Summer in England 2016 – final part

As ever, all good things must come to an end – time was up and we had to pack up and go.

We went out for a little wander before I drove the kids off home and played ‘Pooh sticks’ off a bridge over a little brook

Simple things but such a lot of fun. Read More

Summer in England 2016 – part 6 – Riverhill Gardens

Gone past this place more than a thousand times and never even been curious to go in, but as we’ve done pretty every attraction within 50 miles, I was looking for something new.

I saw it advertised on one of those ‘100 things to do in Kent’ websites and it looked interesting enough for a day out.  The kids took a look at the website and quickly agreed, especially with the promise of lunch out.

Game on Read More