The inside of my history book

When I was in Yr7, we had a history book called Life B.C., it was a fantastic book for 10-11 year olds, great mix of fact and a bit of hands-on historical recreation. One of the things I remember most though, was the pictures. Pictures of Grecian urns, Roman columns, the Rosetta Stone, and canopic…

Southward bound

Up bright and early, the car mostly packed from the night before only needed the last few bits and pieces tossing in, and we were off! The Bothy has been wonderful, a comfy bed, a brilliant little kitchen with everything you could want or need, and a spacious living/dining area that easily accommodated every occasion….

Beaches

How many do you think there are within 10 minutes of Fionnphort? Answer: more than you’d imagine. We started the day with a quick drive to Kintra, just north of Fionnphort on the ‘finger’ of Mull. There’s a nice little cove there, not exactly ‘pretty’ or ‘beachy’, but certainly worth exploring if you get the…

Treshnish and Lunga

Many, many moons ago, back when my reading days revolved around the works of Enid Blyton and her Adventure series (probably a series that sparked the urge within me to see more of the world at large), one such story stuck in my mind; The Sea of Adventure. The tale goes on to tell the…

Duart Castle

Up bright and early today, onto the road and heading east along the A849, past Bunessan and Pennygael before bearing right roughly a mile and a half before reaching Craignure. Once we’d turned off, the pace felt a little less harried, and with considerably less traffic – fewer cars, tractors and buses that make the…

Iona

Sunday’s blog post didn’t happen due to the amazing amount of rain we experienced. Wow, well, must be summer, it’s raining and we’re in Scotland! So what you missed out on was; card games, board games, waffles – they were really good, you missed out on some seriously good breakfast – and a very brief…

Across the bonnie waters

Today we set off from the Lake District, after a very pleasant night’s rest and an exceptionally filling full English breakfast, stopping only to top up the fuel tanks before we hit the road; first destintination, Gretna Green. It was somewhere around Penrith that we had this crazy idea of posting a photo on Facebook,…

We’re off again!

Once upon a time, two travellers had a wonderful idea to set off exploring their favourite corner in the United Kingdom. It just so happens that their travel dates were around Summer Solstice, and the momentous and much maligned European Referendum. Together they set off from their homes with an overnight stop planned for near…

Of Portugal and Planes

Coming home is always a weird feeling. It’s great to lay down in your own bed, that familiar welcoming hug from your duvet. Made slightly odd when you’ve left your significant other somewhere else, which comes with that territory of first trips away as a new couple. Part of you wants to assess and reassess…

A Day in Lagos

Is there anything more awesome than an ice cold gelato on a hot day? Okay, maybe there is, but right now, we’d say no! Our hosts were headed to Lagos today to do some shopping, not the fun kind, but the kind critical to keeping a self sufficency project afloat. They were kind enough to…

Down-under in Portugal

What is going on?! Again today we woke up to discover that the sun was shining, it was warm, also mildly wet with overnight rainfall, but for the moment it was glorious! It didn’t take us long to decide what we were doing: going to the beach! But which beach? That was the major problem….

Silves and Silliness

Praise be, it’s stopped raining – for today! Once again we’ve woken up to discover clear, blue and sunshine filled skies! What luck! Either that, or the clouds have finally dumped all the water they were carrying and have moved on. One can hope. After braving the solar shower, something that is not for the…