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  • Dorset
    A Dozen Delights in Dorset, England

    A Dozen Delights in Dorset, England

    As a county Dorset has everything a visitor could wish for. A rugged coast interspersed with miles of golden, sandy beaches. Beautiful landscapes in a fertile hinterland carpeting the rolling Purbeck hills. Lovely historic towns graced with beautiful architecture, independent shops and plenty of…

  • Staycations
    Staycations in the UK: City Breaks

    Staycations in the UK: City Breaks

    What a thrill it was to get up early one morning, walk and walk through the still sleeping town of Woodbridge to its Tide Mill on the River Deben. That day the mill was grinding flour, an operation that is reliant on the tide filling the mill pond. When the sluice gates are opened the water…

  • Staycations
    Staycations in the Colourful Countryside of Britain

    Staycations in the Colourful Countryside of Britain

    Deep in shady trees of ancient Sherwood Forest is the amazing Sherwood Hideaway. A variety of tracks penetrate the surrounding woodland which can also be viewed from the cosy depths of individual hot tubs on the veranda of each wooden lodge. The lodges are spread around a large grassy clearing…

  • Staycations
    Staycations by the Seaside in Britain

    Staycations by the Seaside in Britain

    King George III began visiting Weymouth in 1789 having declared on this first visit he had “never enjoyed a sight so pleasing.”  During his reign fresh air and bathing in the sea became recognised as being beneficial for good health and a cure for tuberculosis. A replica of his bathing hut is…

  • Five Top Places for a Day Out in England

    Five Top Places for a Day Out in England

    Beyond the formal gardens the River Path winds its way down to the banks of the privately owned Beaulieu River. This area is a very natural contrast to the formality of the gardens around the house. Other attractions include a bog garden and a huge rock garden. The latter, spread over an area of…

  • Hertfordshire Watford
    The Riverside of Watford in Hertfordshire

    The Riverside of Watford in Hertfordshire

    In the seventeenth century Watford had become sufficiently important to have a service of carriers to London but in those days the River Colne had to be forded on entering the town. Sometimes the water was as high as the saddles of the riders. Since then the waters of the Colne have fed breweries…

  • Yorkshire York
    A Special Staycation in York

    A Special Staycation in York

    Prolonged lockdowns in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic means we now have to change our plans for holidays. A ban on non-essential international travel means the staycation is a more attractive option. But this requires careful planning including checking of local restrictions and…

  • Aviation Latvia
    Discovering Spilve and the Aviation Heritage of Riga

    Discovering Spilve and the Aviation Heritage of Riga

    Contrary to rumours that Spilve Aerodrome outside Riga was abandoned I was delighted to discover that is thriving and features one of the few Stalinist-era buildings in Riga, a magnificent terminal building. Nearby is the unique Latvia Soviet Aviation Museum currently based next to Riga…

  • Happy Borismas 2020

    Happy Borismas 2020

    2020 has been a difficult year for so many people. And, at the last minute the UK Prime Minister cancelled the Christmas break and our one-day limited celebration was dubbed Borismas. We have to remain optimistic as we hope for a better 2021.

  • BREXIT
    How Travel to the European Union will Change after 1 January 2021

    How Travel to the European Union will Change after 1 January 2021

    BREXIT is happening and from 1 January 2021 UK citizens travelling to countries within the European Union face a lot of changes. This excellent article written by Simon Calder for The Independent is a very useful guide to the changes that are coming and how to prepare for them.