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Seafront Sunset

Coming back from visiting my gran on Wednesday I saw this epic sunset on Hastings seafront. Notice that the pier is now rebuilt! So proud to be a shareholder. 😀 Hope they can put some more stuff on it though.

Mince Pie Results

Yes I know it’s Christmas already but it’s not too late to share the results of our office mince pie survey. In all 24 pies were sampled: a record! The best is Riverford organic pies but the Waitrose “all butter” and M&S “star” pies are decent too. Stock up now!

Some Pigs and a Sunset

Last Sunday I was feeling a little bit ill so didn’t feel like going for a full blown adventure. Instead I went for a walk along the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich. At the start it was packed with tourists and a bit annoying, but it soon thinned out and was quite pleasant. About halfway […]

Huel

I went for a longish walk through the Chilterns last weekend, which was the first time I’d been there in quite a while. It was incredibly cold but was worth it because the sky was so clear and blue. I walked from the train station in Princes Risborough to the station in Henley. Two good […]

Autumn Leaves

Last Sunday was a beautifully sunny day so I decided to do my favourite local walking trail, the Beeches Way. In reverse this time. I did this in December last year and it was a decidedly grey and damp. But not today, the autumn colours were out in force! The walk itself was fairly uneventful, […]

Andover to Petersfield

While I was off work for a while in October I went for a multi-day adventure to the South Downs, and stayed over in Winchester. I lived in Winchester for a year about 10 years ago, while I was working for IBM. It’s a great place to live, but I didn’t do too much exploring […]

Battle of Hastings

This October was the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Every year some enthusiastic amateurs dress up to reenact the battle on the original battlefield. I haven’t been since I was about 12 but went again this year with my mum as it was the “biggest ever” battle. Presumably they meant since 1066. I […]

Witney to Moreton-in-Marsh

It’s been a while since I visited the Cotswolds. Partly because I thought it was rather inaccessible from where I live now. But recently I discovered there’s an “express bus” called the Oxford Tube that goes from Hillingdon to Oxford in about an hour. So I gave that a try and it was a surprisingly […]

Saunderton

Here’s a bit of an oddity: going for an adventure on a weekday. I’ve taken a few weeks off work as I’d accumulated a lot of annual leave and wanted to make the most of the good weather. I also wanted to fix a few things in my flat, which turned out to be a […]

Changshu

Changshu is a fun little day-trip from Suzhou. I went on a Sunday in between two weeks of working. It’s a small city about 50km northwest of Suzhou, and you can get there easily on a long distance bus which takes an hour. The name 常熟 is a bit funny: it means something like “often […]