Snippets along the way

Castle Ashby Gardens

Castle Ashby Gardens

Oct 20, 2018

As we are staying on the Castle Ashby Estate in Northamptonshire we thought we should go and visit the gardens. So this morning as it dawned fine and sunny we put the leads on the hounds and headed out. The route looked delightfully straight forward on the map, so we left the map behind. Big

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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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Legging it!

Legging it!

Oct 18, 2018

It turns out that “legging it” has a rather different meaning around these parts. Today we visited Stoke Bruerne, in Northamptonshire. This pretty little village is right on the Grand Union Canal. It is at the southern end of the Blisworth Tunnel. There is a nice pub called The Navigation and a whole series of

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Exploring rural Northamptonshire

Exploring rural Northamptonshire

Oct 15, 2018

After a few wonderful days being outrageous spoilt by our great mates in Stratford-upon-Avon, we have started a new housesit.  Our three week sit is in a tiny, village deep in Northamptonshire (abbrev.Northants). Where is Northants? Even some of our English friends look thoughtful and have to ponder that one! It is a landlocked county bordered

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A double high tide and Porchester Castle

A double high tide and Porchester Castle

Oct 9, 2018

Around Portsmouth and Southampton there is a phenomena that I have never seen before. There is a double high tide. The tide comes in, goes out a little bit and then comes in again before going out properly. Apparently, it is all to do with this area being half way along the English Channel. All

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Becoming “Live-aboards” for a few days.

Becoming “Live-aboards” for a few days.

Oct 7, 2018

This morning we officially became “Live-aboards”. This is our first morning waking up to the wonders of living on a barge on Portsmouth Harbour. The seabirds are feeding on the rising tide. A family of local swans are gliding by and the morning sun is lighting up the yachts. In the distance, is Portsmouth and

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Op-Shop Strategy

Op-Shop Strategy

Oct 6, 2018

We read about “The Op Strategy” on one of our Nomadic Lifestyle blogs and were keen to give it a go. What is the Op Shop Strategy? Let me explain. When you are travelling through different seasons it is hard to pack for every eventuality. Especially, whilst keeping your suitcase under the magic 20 kilos. So

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A Very English Day Out

A Very English Day Out

Oct 2, 2018

We have a long list of “English” things that we want to do while we are here. Pretty close to the top of the list, is lunch at an English country pub. Then we heard about a pub that was only open at lunch time and only accessible if you walked there. How could we

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Arriving in Venice

Arriving in Venice

Sep 29, 2018

Sometimes when we travel, we come across a better way of doing something. It is not always the obvious way. So it is fun to pass on what we have discovered. Arriving in Venice is one of these “finds”. A couple of years ago we were coming to Venice from Milan and we arrived on

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Welcome to England!

Welcome to England!

Sep 29, 2018

I love England. From the moment I first saw it as a little girl of 11, looking out of the window of the plane, I have been a fan. But I am realistic and I didn’t expect to be greeted by good weather. Wrong! England turned on a balmy day of sunshine and 24C to

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A few hours to explore Venice.

A few hours to explore Venice.

Sep 27, 2018

With just a few hours to explore Venice, we decided that we would let her show us her beauty, rather than having a detailed plan. We flew in this morning from Split and we are staying at a hotel near the airport, ready for our flight to Bristol in the morning. Our hotel manager had

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A walk of little churches and huge views in Split.

A walk of little churches and huge views in Split.

Sep 26, 2018

Right next door to Split town is Park Suma Marjan. It covers the whole peninsular and we had been told to give it a try as the view of Split was very good. As it turned out, the views were more than good. They were huge and we had a spectacular 3 hour walk of

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