Ghent 2018 – Day One – Orientation

By rights our journey to Ghent started yesterday in London when we met up with the friends that we are travelling with for a meal and a show. The less said about them the better (meal and the show, not our friends) as both were pretty mediocre although that wasn’t the universal view of all in our party regarding the show.… Read the rest

All Aboard the Mail Rail!

It was my birthday this weekend (thanks for the best wishes, cards and cake!) and as a special treat to myself I arranged to go up to London to ride the Mail Rail.

Mail Rail is the name of the narrow gauge railway that ran underneath London and was, until 2003, how Royal Mail transferred post across the city. … Read the rest

Edinburgh Festival 2018 – Day Four

So, our penultimate day, and it had a lot to live up to after the successes of yesterday.

The beauty of the Fringe is that there are a huge variety of shows on offer for all tastes. However, there were three particular themes that stood out this year: improv – you name it and they improvised it from Jane Austen to Doctor Who, Harry Potter and really any other genre you can think of.… Read the rest

Edinburgh Festival 2018 – Day Two

The Fringe doesn’t really get going until the afternoon and so we were left with a morning to fill. We fancied being outside so we decided to go to Carlton Hill.

When we have been in previous years it has been a lovely place for some quiet contemplation and great views over the city.… Read the rest

The Sculpture Park, Churt, Surrey

While visiting friends over the weekend they took us to somewhere that I have to admit that I’d never even heard of – The Sculpture Park near Churt in Surrey. It turned out to be a hidden gem.

As the name suggests the Sculpture Park is home to several hundred works of art which are set out a long a series of paths through a forest. … Read the rest