Greetings my Fellow Adventurers! Today saw us set out from Chester Castle and advance into Wales along the Dee Estuary. Walking at a pace that would have made the Roman Army pause for breath - we managed a 15 mile incursion in less than 5 hours! The countryside along the Dee was a lot nicer… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest Day 2 – The Templeton Invasion of Wales!
Greetings my fellow Adventurers from room 101, no I'm not kidding - that is our room number! Well here we go - off on our three week Castle Quest at last. Today saw us braving the traffic around Birmingham and heading northwest to the lovely city of Chester. Deciding to keep it simple, we had… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest Day 1 – Chester!
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Whilst packing for our upcoming Welsh castle adventure, I went into my nautical-mad daughter's bedroom to find some bits for her suitcase. However what I actually found was a display she'd put together as a tribute to the memory of Mary Rose, and the hundreds of crewmen lost when she sank. Maddie… Continue reading On this day 1545 – A Tragedy at Sea.
It's been blooming ages since we last visited a castle and I have to say I'm missing them. Thankfully we're off on our Welsh Castle Adventure next week, so my 'low castle warning light' will be fully recharged! To follow our adventures and learn more about the history of these magnificent medieval structures please do… Continue reading Almost Wordless Wednesday – Castles!!!
It happens to me every summer - about the end of May I'll start turning my eyes and ears towards the sky, hoping for a view of my favourite bird - Apus apus - or as it's better known, the Common Swift. ...and then one evening, I'll be sitting outside having a drink, and then suddenly… Continue reading In Praise of Swifts!
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Last week my nautically-mad daughter did her GCSE work experience at the Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire. Needing no excuse for a trip out and a walk, on Friday evening we set off in the Ratmobile pick her up after work, with the intention of taking advantage of the stunning weather… Continue reading Quick Stop – Stoke Bruerne Canal and Museum
...Ford Galaxy far, far away. Well OK, it wasn't a Ford, it was a Vauxhall Vectra, but it was a long time ago and it was reasonably far away. Back in 2008 the intrepid Clan McTempleton headed North of the border for a two week tour of the country. The first week found us on… Continue reading Almost Wordless Wednesday – A Long, Long time ago in a…