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Apr 3, 2019 - Set Off from Buxton

Day 1 Buxton to Chapel-en-Frith ( miles) After a pleasant journey by rail from Lowestoft the previous day, an enjoyable evening and a restful night in Buxton it was time to start my fourth long distance walk in 18 months. My destination the oddly named Chapel-en-Frith several miles away. After breakfast I left my overnight accommodation at

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Jan 19, 2019 - Double decker nightmare!!!

I got a bit excited when we were told we'd be seated upstairs on the double decker plane at the exit door, so lots and lots of room for our last leg from Singapore. BUT that all went pear shaped when we went to find our seats and they were full of "stuff" with a couple kneeling in front of them?? They very quickly moved all the baby bottles and nappies etc. and put them amongst all the other "stuff" they had covering the 3 seats they had with their twins (around 10 months old) and their mother opposite us. The family consisted of mummy,...

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Dec 13, 2018 - We're on us 'olidays

Well we are at Roydon Marina Village, staying in a hotel unit on the bank of the River Stort. Our unit is on the left through the gates in this pic. We just went for a walk down to the lock and nearly froze!!! There was frost on the ground in places, so it's been colder here than up in Newark. Outside temp was 5 deg when we arrived here. We walked down to the Marina which is quite large compared to most marinas we have seen. Tomorrow it's down to London and GatwicK Airport for departure tomorrw night....

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Dec 10, 2018 - It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas

We're ensconced in the Marina and preparing for our trip. Tony has put the pretty lights up and I've put the little tree out. It's 13 months since we left this marina, and it seems like last week. We've seen so much since we set off and met some lovely people along the way. We pick up a car on Wednesday evening and drive to Harlow on Thursday, then into Gatwick on Friday for departure late on Friday.

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Dec 3, 2018 - Damp days

The weather has been damp on and off with a few patches of sunshine in between. So this afternooon during a sunny period we went off for a walk. These pics were taken at 3.30pm today, the sun almost set. So by the time we return from our walk it's just on dusk. Another jigsaw cpmplete - this picture is of the canal in Lincoln.

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Nov 30, 2018 - A day trip

Yesterday, on a whim, we decided to go to Lincoln for the day. We got ready and walked across to the station. It was quite windy yesterday so we got blown about a bit. Got tickets and walked around to the correct platform. After waiting for15 minutes past the due arrival time of the train, someone decided to go across to the office and see if there was a problem - there sure was , someone had been knocked down and killed by a train, so there wouldn't be any trains for a couple of hours. So back to the ticket office and join the queue to get...

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Nov 26, 2018 - Is it snow?

Coming out of the Hazelford Lock we were met by fluffy snow looking froth. We almost thought it had been snowing here while we were moored up at the top of the lock. It is froth from the water pounding over the weir. We're now back in Newark, biding our time until we head into the Marina on the 10th December in readiness for departure to Aus for a few weeks. The Christmas lights in town aren't very exciting, but the shops are all getting decorated up and selling all sorts of lovely Christmas stuff....

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Nov 4, 2018 - Gibraltar

Excellent weather joined us for the drive to Gibraltar along brilliant roads with almost no traffic. Our hotel in La Linea de la Concepcion placed us 600m from the Spanish-Uk border which was perfect for our visit to the 'Rock'. There were two important items on our 'to do' list in Gibraltar …. the first was to walk across the border airstrip and the second was to have a 'real' breakfast. We achieved both in beautiful sunshine. The tarmac crossing was much more fun than doing it by bus and then to have English breakfasts in Casemates...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a forty mile sail from Tangier at the very bottom of the Iberian peninsula and is three square miles of mountainous rock. Its unique position at the mouth of the Mediterranean has made it a desirable location to control everyone trying to sail in and out. The promontory here has been settled for more than a millennium, first by Phoenicians and then, in turn, by Arab sultans and Spaniards. Today it’s a British territory even though geographically it should really belong to Spain. Not too long ago the Spanish closed down the...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Zennor

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Bath and Southwest England has to say about the area around Zennor: “The twisting B3306 from St Ives is a roller coaster of a road, winding through a stark landscape of ancient drystone walls, barren moorland, tiny villages and rocky bluffs. The landscape here feels wild and ancient, a world away from some of Cornwall’s more gentrified corners. Church of St Senara This little church in the hamlet of Zennor dates from at least 1150. Inside, a famous carved chair...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Mousehole and Minack

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Bath and Southwest England has to say about Mousehole and Minack: “Mousehole With a tight tangle of cottages and alleyways gathered behind the granite breakwater, Mousehole (mowzle) looks like something from a children’s storybook (a fact not unnoticed by author Antonia Barber, who set her much-loved fairy tale The Mousehole Cat here). In centuries past, this was Cornwall’s busiest pilchard port, but the fish dried up at the turn of the century, and the village now...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Villa Verde, Horley

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We were delighted to get into our room at the hotel a couple of hours early, and with our tummies full from the breakfast on the plane, we changed into our pajamas and went off to sleep for a couple of hours. It’s always wonderful to stretch out flat after a long flight – thank goodness for the blackout curtains in our room. It was only 1:30pm London time. Our host suggested a couple of nearby restaurants for dinner, and even gave us a discount card for an Italian eatery, but Anil discovered a 16th-century pub...

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