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Sailing north from Bergen to see the Northern Lights.

Sailing north from Bergen to see the Northern Lights.

Jan 21, 2019

Booking an 11 day cruise up the Norwegian coast in January seemed like a great adventure. But to be honest, neither of us were quite sure how it was going to work out. We just couldn’t imagine what our first cruise together was going to be like. We have spent the last 6 days going

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Three and a bit months of housesitting in the UK

Three and a bit months of housesitting in the UK

Jan 14, 2019

As we come to the end of our three and a bit months housesitting in the UK, we thought it would be fun to just have a look back at some of the great things that we have done. We had 7 housesits. We looked after 17 sheep, 15 cows, 12 dogs, 10 chooks, 3

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Wiltshire and its Neolithic landscape

Wiltshire and its Neolithic landscape

Dec 24, 2018

The locals will tell you that Wiltshire is one of those places in the UK that you drive through on the way to somewhere else. But if you do that, you will miss something rather special. We have been lucky enough to arrange a housesit in the little village of Compton Bassett. It is proving

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In the eye of a Willard Wigan needle.

In the eye of a Willard Wigan needle.

Dec 4, 2018

Today we went to Broadway in the Cotswolds. It is a beautiful village and tourists flock here just to admire it. But today our objective was slightly different because some friends had told us about a rather unusual sculpture exhibition by an artist called Willard Wigan at the Broadway Museum. You may not believe your

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A night in Eastbourne

A night in Eastbourne

Nov 11, 2018

Eastbourne is all about Victorian seafront hotels, pebbly beaches, piers and soaring white cliffs. On our way to our housesit in Brighton, we decided to treat ourselves to a night in a hotel. The idea of a sea view and a little Victoriana was met with a fair degree of enthusiasm from Suzannah. The Best

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A trip down memory lane.

A trip down memory lane.

Nov 8, 2018

Chipping Norton is a very special little market town in the English Cotswolds. But for us it is special for a different reason. For us it is “a trip down memory lane”. It was here, 21 years ago that we went on our first date. A lot of this town was built on the wealth

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The frost has arrived

The frost has arrived

Oct 31, 2018

Suzannah has been saying all year how much she is looking forward to a cold winter. The idea of a cold, English  Christmas is how we both feel Christmas should be. This week we got one step closer. The frost has arrived. We have been waking up to sparkly white grass and putting extra layers

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Sunday Lunch Off round two

Sunday Lunch Off round two

Oct 29, 2018

Time for  our Sunday Lunch Off round two. Last week, when we decided to walk to Yardley Hastings for Sunday lunch, we had a problem. There are two pubs in Yardley Hastings. The only decent thing to do was to have a Sunday Lunch Off. Last Sunday it was the turn of the Red Lion

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Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden New Bield

Oct 27, 2018

This is a story of religious intolerance. It is from a time when religious beliefs were seen as absolute truths and those beliefs affected every part of your life. This is the story of Lyveden New Bield. Sir Thomas Tresham was a Roman Catholic at a time in English history when that was considered almost

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Oct 27, 2018

If, like me, you went to an English boarding school, singing hymns like “Amazing Grace” at top volume was one of the highlights of church services. It did not matter if you could sing or not.  Because everyone else was making such a racket, no-one could hear you anyway. It was not a particularly spiritual

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Round One of our Sunday Lunch Off.

Round One of our Sunday Lunch Off.

Oct 22, 2018

There is something special about Sunday Lunch. Ever since I was a little boy, it was the most important meal of the week. It was the time that we got together as a family. The theatre of the carving and the lining up for your share of “Red Gravy” (the juices at the bottom of

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A Very English Birthday

A Very English Birthday

Oct 19, 2018

There are many ways to celebrate a birthday. This time last year we were on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrating Suzannah’s birthday. This year she is having a very English birthday. The first questions that needed to be answered this morning was; “How old do you have to be before you can have

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