Tranquil Buckfast Abbey – 16/07/2022

After the highs of having family over from the States, Emily and I have added another kitten to our family, to ensure the rest of our summer is filled with as much love and happiness as we could possibly want. Adopting a new pet always has a few limitations though, and it does mean that until the little lad is at least 4 months old, our opportunity to travel further afield will be a little limited. So, with that at the forefront of our thoughts, we visited a local gem – Buckfast Abbey.

Our beautiful, high energy, little boy

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LDN 2022 – 02/07/2022 to 05/07/2022

Every visit to London is special for one reason or another; whether it is before a flight, a weekend stay for some sightseeing, or going with friends for an event. This most recent trip however, was probably the most special in recent memory for both Emily and I, as we were meeting her mom, Carmen, and sister, Ashley, for their first time visiting us in the UK! For Ashley this was even more significant as it was her first time over to the UK full stop, so a real landmark visit. No pressure then!

Sat here, trying to work out the size of a mortgage on this place!

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Guaranteed all weather fun: Woodlands – 12/06/2022

Rides, slides, taboggan run! Guaranteed all weather fun! With the jingle playing on loop inside my head all day, Emily and I visited a childhood favourite of mine with friends. Woodlands is a small family theme park, but I think for every kid growing up in Devon in the 90s it represents a piece of nostalgia. Sunny days, too much sunscreen and scraped knees. Peak life when aged 6 to 12. Luckily the nostalgia hit, and because we all had so much fun, Emily did as well. Who doesn’t want to be a big kid for a day?

One of the “bigger” rides at good old Woodlands

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Palsners: Prague – 07/04/2022 to 11/04/2022

There’s just something about a lad’s holiday isn’t there? And with the pandemic finally behind us, this April my mates and I had a long overdue trip together. Four of us in Prague. A city with plenty to see and even more beers to be drank.

From left to right; me, Kevin, Rob, Kenan

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Theatre of Dreams: Manchester – 25/02/2022 to 27/02/2022

At the end of February, Emily and I travelled up to Manchester to hang out with one of my University mates and his soon to be wife. We had the best time because it was a trip packed with some great food, a visit to the Theatre of Dreams and some really overdue catching up and introductions. 

The home of football

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A Fistful of Corndogs: Colorado – 17/01/2022 to 26/01/2022

Absolutely the worst part of the pandemic has been being separated from our other home, family and friends. So, finally, after two years, Emily returning to Colorado to see her family was always going to be extra special. Plenty to catch up on, plenty to see, and plenty to do. And what better way to kick-off than with a rodeo? A stadium packed with cowboys and cowboy boots. More horses and bulls than you could shake a rattlesnake at. One cowboy even got stomped on the head… Awesome! The Americana of course just kept on coming – a local police hero, who had been shot the week before, was brought on to an ovation. A real hallmark moment that ticked all the boxes. It was so American, and such a cool experience. I can’t wait for my next one. I might even join in with the Star-Spangled Banner next time. Seriously.

Ouch!

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Birthday Walk: Bridges on Dartmoor – 09/01/2022

Happy New Year! My sister celebrates her birthday in January, my sister, her husband, her family, our mum and dad, and Emily and I decided to celebrate with a walk around an old family favourite of ours: Magpie (Bedford) Bridge. Somewhere filled with fond memories of summer days long since lost, spent splashing and building dams. The weather was a bit more dreary for this walk though!

Dartmoor CAM Walks

Stock image of my memories!

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Christmas Garland at Cotehele – 04/12/2021

National Trust properties up and down the country have special events for Christmas and the festive season. We are very lucky that one of our local houses, Cotehele has its very own Christmas tradition dating back to the 1950s – the Christmas Garland.

Emily eyeing up her future home

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Bananas at Minions: Cornwall – 04/09/2021

Making the most of some of the recent September sunshine, Emily and I went out with my sister and her family to Minions in Cornwall. All being busy people, it isn’t too often that we all have calendars that align these days. And there really is nothing better than sharing a family adventure. So spending the free time we do have together is really made all the more special by being able to visit such beautiful places. All the better that they are not too far from our homes.

Beautiful Bodmin Moor

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An Old Favourite: Dartmoor – 28/08/2021

Getting a kitten and ongoing restrictions to international travel has made Emily and I pretty inactive recently. Maybe one day the world will be fully back to normal and a vanity project travel blog will feel a little less of a vanity project, but as it stands at the moment we don’t have too much motivation to post and provide updates. Over the past bank holiday Emily and I did visit one of my favourite hikes on Dartmoor however, and it was the first time she braved the ridge at Leather Tor! Slowly but surely she is catching me up on all of my old haunts. You can read about the full hike here.

Plenty of dramatic views with this hike

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