Oysters and Mushrooms – The New Forest 18/06/2021 to 21/06/2021

I don’t think Emily and I have ever needed a break as much as this recent trip to the New Forest. Working from home without taking any real annual leave since moving into our new house left us needing some well deserved R&R. And with international travel still largely limited, we knew we wanted to explore a different National Park in England. So a trip to Hampshire and the New Forest it was.

To see cuties like this

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A New Hope…Cove – 02/04/2021

After a few months off, Emily and I were keen to use our recent (government approved) freedom to get back on the coastal path this Easter weekend. Taking our car on its first longer drive (longer being further than Sainsbury’s!) we headed out early to Hope Cove, planning to arrive before the beach-goers. 

The early start paid off with Hope Cove all to ourselves

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Lockdown 3.0… But with Castles – 23/01/2021

It’s been pretty quiet here recently. Life events have taken over since my last post. Emily and I have moved into our first house together, and have been decorating that with the overzealous enthusiasm that only first time homeowners have. This has eaten away our weekends to a large degree and work of course hasn’t stopped in between! Throw in the seasonal bad (terrible) weather, and another national lockdown, and I’m left with not much to write about.

It’s not always bad weather though!

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Wild Camping: Dartmoor – 12/09/2020 to 13/09/2020

If you follow what Emily and I you will know that Dartmoor is one of our most regular haunts. So when old university friends Simon and Maisie mentioned coming down to visit for an overnight wild camp, we were thrilled. I was tasked with sharing some Dartmoor highlights during an afternoon walk, as neither of them have seen or done much hiking in the National Park. So we drove to Venford where we shared one of our favourite walks that covers the brook, waterfall, Bench Tor and ridge line before circling around the reservoir. 

Back again

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Get Lost: The Cornish Maize Maze – 22/08/2020

Doing something totally different is always fun and doing it with friends is even better. So, when offered a day out in Cornwall wandering around fields aimlessly, Emily and I jumped at the chance! We teamed up with friends Martyn and Steph to tackle the Cornish Maize Maze. A great day out, and an annual event that changes each year. This year we wandered around a pirate themed puzzle searching for Blackbeard’s Treasure.

Pre getting lost…

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Mile High Christmas: Colorado – 11/12/2019 to 07/01/2020

Looking out the plane window the clouds finally break, below an endless stretch of plains filled with crop circles. Small clusters of cities dot the way until the plains meet the great majestic Rocky Mountains. The plane descends further and the white peaks of Denver International Airport come into view and no matter how many times I fly into D.I.A or the length of time that passes between, the feeling I get seeing this sight is always the same. A wave of nostalgia, comfort, and gratitude to have grown up somewhere so beautiful. It feels like home. I’m through the roof with happiness that I get to share this with Liam for the second of many times to come. Especially since we’re here for the holidays! Family, friends, and festive food and scenery.

Views of the Rocky Mountains from the sky 

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Taipei Getaway – 18/11/2019 to 21/11/2019

During our stay in Taiwan Liam and I were based in Kaohsiung where Anja, my best friend from university, is currently living. Since she was working during the weekdays while we were over, we decided that we should take a few days and go check out the capital city of Taipei. This island nation has an impressive rail network and we were able to take the high speed rail from Kaohsiung to Taipei in two hours! Mind you, we only took it the one way. The 4-6 hour journey regular train is far more friendly on the wallet.

We didn’t manage to get a picture of the trains in action but here’s what Taiwan’s HSR looks like

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3 Lions (but no wands) in London – 14/11/2018 to 16/11/2018

Travelling up to London we had in mind to do 3 things before flying to Gibraltar, but as can happen sometimes, plans do not always come to fruition! Arriving into Victoria Station at 19:30 we headed to St Paul’s to see the Harry Potter wands light and music show that lined the walkway from the Millennium Bridge to the cathedral, celebrating the release of the Crimes of Grindelwald. Only for the blasted things to have been taken down – despite conflicting reports online that stated they were to be seen until the end of November, we were a day too late. The 13th was their final spell.

A walk across Millennium Bridge at night is never a total waste of time though!

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