Summer in England 2018 – Running

I decided to change my running shoes as the ones I got last year are really for running on the road/paths, and I no longer do that – my running, even in the UK, is all trails.

So I picked up some rather snazzy Hoka One One (pronounced on-ey on-ey) which are more cushioned and also famously good for Achilles issues, and went out for some runs Read More

Summer in England 2018 – Ightham Mote

I decided that we needed to combine some exercise with lunch and some local history.

We’ve been here before when Henry was very small and Ella puked ice cream on the immaculately manicured lawns.

Good times

So Henry and I set off to walk the 2.5 miles from my parents house to Ightham Mote Read More

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

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

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

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 Р6km.   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

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 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 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 1: Arrival.

It’s that time of year again when I go back to spend some quality time with the kids in England.

English summer is a magical time and really shows off the country to its absolute best – if you’re going to go – then July and August, even though it’s probably the busiest time, is probably the best. Read More

Easter in England 2015 – part 1

It’s that time of year again – another trip to England to see my children.

I arrived in England early in the morning and Heathrow was packed.  As in 2 hour queue to get through passport control.

Luckily, I knew the epassport gate was on the left of the line, so I wiggled through to the unloved machines and was out within 15 minutes.

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