Araluen – An Afternoon Stroll


Monday and it’s time to clear out of the Perth suburbs and get some fresh air. Where better to go than Araluen Botanical Park. We have visited a few times before but never tire of returning. There is always something to see and during the week, in term time, so tranquil. There were only a… Continue reading Araluen – An Afternoon Stroll

Hinton Ampner House


Earlier this year we took a day trip, out into the countryside, with our heavily pregnant granddaughter. We ended in the grounds of the National Trust house, Hinton Ampner. From the National Trust website …. This elegant country manor and tranquil garden sit so harmoniously within the landscape that one cannot exist without the other.… Continue reading Hinton Ampner House

Giants


Earlier this year I took a bit of a trip down memory lane and somehow ended up in the Sussex village of Brede. Now Brede is just a couple of miles up the road from my home in Westfield, another Sussex village. My mates and I used to take off on our bikes, with our… Continue reading Giants

Cheshire Wandering (3) Quarry Bank


After the girls had, two days ago, overdosed on retail therapy, and I had walked my pins to stumps exploring the River Weaver, it was time to absorb some more Cheshire history. And so off we set, into previously uncharted territory. Our destination, Quarry Bank Mill. Quarry Bank Mill (also known as Styal Mill) in… Continue reading Cheshire Wandering (3) Quarry Bank

Cheshire Wandering (2) Acton Bridge and Dutton Locks


After the epic tour of Tatton Park, the girls decided that they needed some retail therapy. As this is definitely not my thing, I dropped them off at the Cheshire Oaks retail park and took off to explore a little. My original plan was to visit the canal and quayside at Preston Brook. Unfortunately, there… Continue reading Cheshire Wandering (2) Acton Bridge and Dutton Locks

Cheshire Wandering (1) Tatton Park


Last week my wife and I took a trip up to the Wirral, to visit the outlaws. My wifes sister, our niece and her daughter. As we always do on such visits, we like to do the touristy thing and go on days out, to visit some stately pile, gardens or perhaps country views. On… Continue reading Cheshire Wandering (1) Tatton Park

Sculpture Park Pleasure


Last Saturday we spent a fabulous few hours, with friends, exploring this sculpture park at Churt in Surrey. The park comprises some 650 modern and contemporary sculptures displayed throughout ten acres of arboretum and water gardens. To do it justice you really need to have 360 degree vision as you explore the various trails. Not… Continue reading Sculpture Park Pleasure