Six Days, Five Counties, Six National Trust Properties

It seems that this has become a bit of a “thing”. This is the fifth year of getting out post Christmas to work off some of the chocolate consumed and make the most of our National Trust Membership. You can see the previous entries here, 2014/5, 2015/6, 2016/7 (either didn’t do it or forgot to write about it that year) and 2017/18.… Read the rest

Reading Toy Run

The Reading Toy Run has been going since 1985, so slightly longer than we have lived in Reading but we have never been to see it, which is quite shocking. This year we made amends for that.

The toy run is a charitable exercise bringing together lots of bikers who ride through the outskirts of Reading each carrying a present for a child.… 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

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

ZSL London Zoo, Zoo Nights 2018

Last Friday we once again set off for Regent’s Park and the ZSL London Zoo for their annual Zoo Nights event (neé Sunset Safari, which I think is a much superior name). This is becoming a regular event for us having been both in 2015 and 2016.… Read the rest

Primrose and Marilyn

London is an amazing place to visit and is eminently walkable if the weather’s fine and you’re up for it. This was us yesterday when we went up to celebrate Helen’s birthday.

We were going up for a cinema trip, more of which later, and had the whole day to kill before it.… Read the rest