A Postcard From Marseille

We had to get away. There was only so long we could bear living in our squalid new house. However excited we were at finally moving to Gloucestershire and living on the canal, our new home was undeniably squalid. Moving-in day last August was all sorts of emotional. We unlocked the front door to our … Continue reading A Postcard From Marseille

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A Postcard From Lindos, Rhodes

My holidays are often quite adventurous: cycling through the German countryside, hiking across British mountains, bobbing down the Zambezi in a barrel, play-wrestling polar bears on Svalbard - that sort of thing. But this year, Jim and I decided to plump for something a little more conventional, a lot more lazy.  A few weeks ago … Continue reading A Postcard From Lindos, Rhodes

A Garden Tour: The Clergy House, Alfriston

On a sunny day in June of last year, and anxious to avoid a long list of home DIY jobs, I drove a few miles over the South Downs to the village of Alfriston.* I spent an absorbing hour browsing in the book shop, peering through windows (some of them public), not going into the … Continue reading A Garden Tour: The Clergy House, Alfriston

The Rhine Cycle Route: Mainz to Cologne

In 1979, with my best friend Colin, I cycled from Hook of Holland across the Netherlands and into Germany.  We carried on pedalling to the Rhine near Koblenz and continued south along the river, past Mainz to Worms; where we camped for one night before heading for home via Luxembourg, Brussels and the port of Zeebrugge.   In … Continue reading The Rhine Cycle Route: Mainz to Cologne

The South Downs Way: Winchester to Eastbourne

Of all England's long-distance footpaths, I know the South Downs Way best.  For twenty years I've lived almost within sight of it; walked many stretches countless times and all of it at least twice.  But I had never completed the entire 100 mile trek from Winchester to Eastbourne in one continuous, sweaty effort.  Until now. On … Continue reading The South Downs Way: Winchester to Eastbourne