Cromwell Country

Jun 07, 12 Cromwell Country

Posted by in Cambridgeshire 2012

The area around Cambridge can definitely be described as “Cromwell Country”. His influence and memory can be seen everywhere. Accordingly we immersed ourselves in exploring his historical legacy today by visiting his house in Ely. It was great to walk through the house where this great man lived, worked and planned the greatest political upheaval in British history. The English Civil war shaped the politics and formed the constitutional Monarchy we see today in modern Britain. Before visiting Cromwell’s house the irony of eating our lunch in small pub calld “The King’s Arms”, just down the road from his house wasn’t lost on us !...

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Jun 02, 12 Jubileeee!

Posted by in Cambridgeshire 2012

We’ve arrived in Grafham near Cambridge to spend a week in the bucolic splendor of Cambridgeshire. We’ve got a magnificent cottage right in the heart of the countryside. Determined to celebrate the diamond jubilee in splendor we’ve decorated the cottage to be resplendent in the Guernsey and Union...

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Homeward bound – touchdown

Mar 26, 12 Homeward bound – touchdown

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012

After a round trip of 24,502 miles we find ourselves back in Guernsey. We’ve nearly travelled the entire circumference of the globe in 2 weeks (Earth’s circumference is 24,859 miles) ! 😀 We’ve had a great trip, seen some great things and met up with the family again in Norfolk Island which was soooo good ! Leg Distance Time Guernsey ⇒ Gatwick 159 miles 256 km 45 mins London Heathrow ⇒ Singapore 7,265 miles 11,692 km 12.5 hours Singapore ⇒ Sydney 3,915 miles 6,300 km 7.5 hours Sydney ⇒ Norfolk 1,043 miles 1,679 km 2.5 hours Norfolk ⇒ Sydney 1,043 miles 1,679 km 2.5 hours Sydney ⇒ Singapore 4,004 miles 6,443 km 7.5 hours Singapore ⇒ London Heathrow 6,914 miles 11,127 km 13.5 hours Gatwick ⇒ Guernsey 159 miles 256 km 45 mins TOTAL 24,502 miles 39,432 km 47.5 hours Outward...

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A Festival in a Day

Sep 12, 11 A Festival in a Day

Posted by in Miscellaneous

We’ve been in London this weekend to attend Radio 2’s ‘A Festival in a day’ in Hyde Park … We met up with Julie and stayed in a serviced apartment near Hyde Park. From there we proceeded to ‘do London’ .… Madame Tussauds, the West End show ‘The Lion King’ and finishing off with Radio 2’s live broadcast from Hyde Park on Sunday. The festival was fantastic, although a little damp, but our 2 golf umbrella and 2 smaller umbrellas meant we kept dry under our very own small tented encampment. We got to see some amazing acts like Jooles Holland, Imelda May, Lenny Kravitz, Caro Emerald, James, Blunt, Will Young and Gary Barlow… thankfully the last 2 didn’t spoil the former! … but hey that’s just my opinion I guess …Julie seemed to be pretty hyper about Gary Barlow though … even telephoning TA so she could hear him live over the phone...

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Onward to the Provence …

Sep 03, 10

Today we left our Cornish chalet a day early so that we can travel on to “La Belle Provence” from Southampton airport tomorrow. Again our trusty guide Jane directed us unerringly the 192 miles to our overnight hotel. However not before I put in a slight diversion to Charmouth beach on the Dorset coast when I realised we were passing by it. Dorset’s coast is known as the “Jurassic Coast” because of the ancient Jurassic rocks that make up its cliffs. They’re rich in fossil beds and passing by awakened in me another boyhood passion, collecting fossils. I’ve not done this for a long time now, in fact the last time was probably in Charmouth when on a family holiday about 25 years ago (or more … gosh I really am old aren’t I ?) Anyway we could only stop for half an hour or so but it was fun … Although no new fossils to add to my collection unfortunately....

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