Category Archives: holidays

Thunderboxes Wot I Have Noan #motherlore #memories

The other day I told the story of how my mother narrowly avoided death by swallowing disinfectant in order to eradicate an ingested fly. Some of you, dear readers, mentioned your admiration for mum and her methods of overcoming childhood … Continue reading

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Dukes, Daves And Driving

In the light of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, known as Phil the Greek to we schoolboys back whenever, I was recalling my own skirmishes with the Duke of Edinburgh award. It wasn’t a success and I never … Continue reading

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On Rocky Ground: Part Apart #canada #rockies # holidays

In 2013 I visited Canada with my wife, the Textiliste and my children, the Broker (formerly known as the Lawyer) and the Vet. We’ve stayed in Banff and visited Lake Louise and the Six Glaciers. Today it’s… Moraine Lake and … Continue reading

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On Rocky Ground: Part Deux and a Half #holidays #canada #rockies

We left me sitting at a tea house, up a mountain, communing with a chipmunk, blissful in the fresh air. I like a good walk, I like tea even more and the day was only half done. ‘Maybe,’ said Anika, … Continue reading

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On Rocky Ground: Part Deux #canada #rockies #holiday

Waking up before even the most self respecting sparrow would break wind, the whatever time difference between the Rockies and London working is oracle on me, I had time to kill. I have to admire my wife and children’s ability … Continue reading

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The Insipid Traveller (part 2): Baby Steps #holidays #travel #hernebay

Every summer holiday from when I can remember until 1970, when I was thirteen and we’d moved making the journey more problematic, we stayed with my grandmother in her Georgian terraced house overlooking the sea at Herne Bay on the … Continue reading

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On Rocky Ground #canada #holiday #2013

My godfather was Canadian. In truth, he was born a Brit, but that’s not as romantic. He went to school with my dad and emigrated to Canada in his thirties, set up an airline that flew from Fort Nelson to … Continue reading

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The Insipid Traveller #holidays #travel

I’ve written about many holidays and travel and walking trips I’ve undertaken as an adult, to give a flavour of the places I’ve visited, what I’ve seen, how they’ve struck me and what I think about them. If I’m to … Continue reading

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Iceland: It’s What It Says On The Tin; Part Three #iceland #holidays

My third entry in the Iceland Diaries.. Iceland had lived up to its own stereotype: the geology is otherworldly, converting your bill into sterling is like rubbing soap in your eyes, and the weather swings from chilly to downright parky … Continue reading

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Iceland – It’s What It Says On The Tin; part two #holidays #iceland

More Icelandic holiday memories to fill our blank schedules Most countries I visit have something that leaves me discombobulated. Here the simple expedient of a sliding door on a gents toilet saw me standing in the corridor like a lemon … Continue reading

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