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

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Summer in England 2015 – part 4: Wellington Rocks at Tunbridge Wells

After a few hours scrambling over the rocks, it was time for food.

The kids decided that they didn’t want to eat in the High Rocks pub (fussy buggers, the food choices looked awesome) so we drove off in search of a cafe or something similar.

We wandered into Rusthall High St and settled on a little cafe called ‘The Daily Bread‘ – which was small and new and looked interesting.  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

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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Back to England – part 6

I’m stringing you all out here with my England stories!  Mostly cos I haven’t done anything of any significance since I got back apart from work and buy paint for the bedroom walls.  Aforementioned paint is still safely in its tins – sickness has meant that Chez Charlie has been keeping a low profile for a couple of weeks – a lot of that low profile spent in bed, making painting doubly hard.  Ah well.

Now, where were we.

It was another beauty of an English summer day, so we decided to go for a little walk rather than go on another long drive.  My parents live in a beautiful village, so I thought we should explore some roads we didn’t know and look at the old houses and take in some clean air. Read More

The tale of the kite and the moon

It’s been a while since I went down to Safety Bay and took some shots of the kite surfers – winter isn’t the best time for them to be out (we only get that reliable sea breeze once the daytime temperatures start to hit the high 20’s) and I’ve been busy with other stuff.

I had some time yesterday whilst Jay was doing some study for her degree so I popped down camera in hand to see who was about

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Kent

As regular readers would probably recall, I grew up in Kent (south east England) and it’s still a very special place for me, especially in the summer.

You see, I had great summers in Kent.

As a kid, we had endless hot summers, playing in the garden to the smell of freshly cut grass.

As a teenager, I had more freedom and I remember mountain biking down the bridleways and paths, hanging out with my friends in pub beer gardens, walking through hot and dusty fields and generally having a good time.

As an adult – well, I didn’t really live in Kent much, but coming back, I loved walking through the woods with my kids, having pub lunches and visiting the beautiful towns.

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