Alien Abduction (and pics from England 2019 Trip)

No, I didn’t get abducted by aliens (although I have a cool foggy pic).

But where have I even been?

Do blog platforms have relevance anymore, given the transition to face-o-gram or snap-tock?  I think as a society we are increasingly crippled by inattention disorder – the addictive quest for new and shiny stimulus.

If it takes longer than a minute to consume, it’s too long, move on – tl;dr as they say.  If I have to read it to appreciate it – move on, video and click like is all it needs.

I’m semi guilty of this – I post on Instagram more than anything, because it takes no effort and is a half replacement feel good for actual content and connection.   And 12 months of no blogging later, no audience, no meaning and no narrative.

So what’s been happening? Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 7 – White Cliffs of Dover

Whilst Deal was fun in a kind of ‘faded English seaside town with castles’ kind of a way, we were a bit unsatisfied and it was only just early afternoon and the sun was shining.

As we drove through Dover, I saw a sign for ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ and made an executive decision.. detour time.

So we went up the steep hill past Dover Castle to see what the famous White Cliffs of Dover had to offer Read More

Summer in England 2017 – Part 6 – A trip to Deal

It was getting towards the end of the trip and I wanted to take the kids somewhere different.  The day wasn’t going to be ideal weather wise early on, but it was promising to clear up late morning and be a beautifully sunny summer day.

So I packed the kids in the car on a rainy morning and we drove an hour to the far eastern part of Kent to go see the Henry VIII era castle and what else was there. 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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Absentee landlord..

Wow – I’ve been really slack on here.  To be honest, I almost forgot about blogging – then you get into a bad habit of not making time for blogging and before you know it, months have passed and no updates .  Or in my case, 6 months.

Oops.

Life has been a bit rinse repeat of late – working hard, still recovering from my leg injury so off the bike and largely confined to the local area.  Not even a chance to go back to England as usual this time due to complications with my leg.

However, I’ve not been a total hermit – heres a sample of what I have been upto.. Read More

Wheatbelt driving

A few weeks after my trip to York, I had the opportunity to drive to Kulin – deep in the Western Australian Wheatbelt.

If you’re not familiar with the state of Western Australia – outside of Perth metro area, aside from a few regional towns, there’s basically not very much.  I don’t mean that in any way disrespectfully – WA has 2.2 million people and something like 1.9 million of those live in the Perth area.

So when you drive out into the country, things get really empty really fast Read More

A trip to the wheatbelt – Canola fields

Springtime in the wheatbelt means yellow canola fields as far as the eye can see.

Well, not quite, but it does seem a bit like it from some vantage points.  it was a lovely day, I had some time so I jumped in the car and headed out to York, which is a couple of hours drive from me to see if I could find some photogenic fields.
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Summer in England 2015 – part 8: Aylesford Priory

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 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

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