England gets a bloody nose!


In my ignorance we visited Upnor Castle in our “usual mode” of being interested in the building and it’s purpose, but unusually for us, without any research into its history or related events. Because of this a bit of a shock was delivered within a few minutes of our arrival! (This is a follow up … Continue reading England gets a bloody nose!

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The best outdoors museum in England?


If museums provide a glimpse into the past, then “living museums” are a window into the lives of our ancestors. The Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham once occupied 400 acres and employed 10,000 skilled craftsmen along the banks of the River Medway in Kent. This is the county of my ancestors flowing back from my … Continue reading The best outdoors museum in England?

Tour of England: The South West ……. tour end!


Our recent visit to Cornwall served a dual purpose; firstly as a search into Dr Bs ancestors who lived there, and secondly as the final chapter in our Tour of England which began two years ago. It was in June 2017 that we wrote down a list of all of the things we would like … Continue reading Tour of England: The South West ……. tour end!

Picture behind the story #22 A tale of Two Toilets!


There are some things that cameras just seem to be drawn to. With some it's food, with others it's landscapes, or doors, balconies, washing lines ..... A couple of years ago we spent Christmas in Brussels, the usual stuff ... Christmas markets with mulled wine, light show at night, a square turned into an ice … Continue reading Picture behind the story #22 A tale of Two Toilets!

Chateau de Breze, If only walls could talk!


We drove through the beautiful village of Breze quite early as it was only 5 miles away from our hotel in Fontevraud and would be a good start to the day before visiting Saumur for lunch later. Parking alongside the Chateau prompted different emotions, Dr C delighted because we were surrounded by vines she could … Continue reading Chateau de Breze, If only walls could talk!