Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens were offering free entry today and so we took advantage of their largess and made our way along. Of course the best time to visit is when there are leaves on the trees and it’s not raining but we had a good time nevertheless.… Read the rest


A couple of weekends ago Helen and I went to Bristol, a city with plenty going for it. There is a lot of fascinating history, particularly around Isambard Kingdom Brunel who seems to have had a hand in so many things from the railway station at both London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, the railway route between the two, Clifton suspension bridge and the SS Great Britain.… Read the rest

The Palace of Westminster

I’ve known for a while now that it is possible to go round the inside of the Houses of Parliament either by paying (at the weekends) or for free by writing to your local MP. So after years of slagging him off I swallowed my pride and sucked up to John Redwood to get a couple of tickets.… Read the rest