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Hadrian’s Wall Day 3 – Lanercost to Twice Brewed

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Day three on the wall, and the terrain is getting uppity. The 15 miles on the map turned out to be harder than the wall-mates could cope with, and by mile twelve, they’d all been voted out. I had taken the easier job of van logistics coordinator, which meant I could choose the better sections to walk on, and avoid… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 2 – Carlisle to Lanercost Priory

A bus into Carlisle from our campsite at Brampton, then quite literally a walk in the park to start the day, following the banks of the River Eden before heading out into the countryside in search of some wall. As per yesterday, the wall is lacking in evidence at this poly, although the earthworks associated with the wall are more… Read more »

Hadrian’s Wall Day 1 – Bowness on Solway to Carlisle

Our first day on the wall, although the wall is not very much in evidence in these parts. You have to take the word of the maps and guide books to know that there was ever a wall here, but the shoreline of the Solway Firth has its own appeal. Due to logistics and consideration for our lack of fitness,… Read more »

Glorious Birthday Treats

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I had the most wonderful day out for my birthday yesterday. A visit to The Pig at Combe, near Honiton, a lovely country house with some top nosh and truly excellent service that was just what the doctor ordered (well not quite, but I was moderate at least!) Mel treated me, and Neil and Amanda were kind enough to come… Read more »


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Couldn’t make our minds up today. Do we go to the Peak District as planned, or explore Shropshire which we don’t know very well at all. Would love to go back to the Peaks, but new places to explore are always fun, and well, we were really not that far away. So, tempted by Ironbridge and an alleged exhibition of… Read more »

Shropshire Union Canal

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Time to try and move on from some of that political nonsense and do a bit of travelling. We’re heading for Lincolnshire, with the intention of going via the Peak District, which we’ve enjoyed greatly in the past. However, unable to leave home till mid-afternoon meant that it would be good to break the journey, and so I opted for… Read more »

Gdansk – The Cuisine

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Polish cuisine. I’m surprised there a many Poles left to be honest. You’ll notice the distinct lack of green things. The Pierogi are a bit like Cornish pasties, these being the baked variety, but you get steamed ones too which are more like dumplings. The Lody, or ice creams, are particularly dense and plentiful. We did a Tandoori meet feast,… Read more »

Gdansk – The City

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Just back from a weekend away with Dave & Mark for a little rest, relaxation, and unhealthy living. A return visit to Gdansk for the boys, but this was my first, and very enjoyable too. The old town is very compact, a combination of elegant streets with Dutch and Baroque influences, and waterfront. It’s entirely pedestrianised, so a joy to… Read more »

Home on the Farm

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You may well have wondered what’s been going on. There’s been lots of house action in the last few weeks, with external and internal decoration happening, and some tidying, landscaping, and hedge laying. With a glorious spell of weather of the last couple of weeks, much progress has been made outside. Scaffolding is yet to come down so house shots… Read more »