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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » New Forest June 17th 2009

A few photos of our recent camping trip to the New Forest in Hampshire. The weather was good so we headed for a small campsite in the forest called Matley Wood. It has no facilities except for running water so only campers with a chemical toilet can set up there. Thanks to this, there were plenty of pitches available and we had a bit of room to stretch out. Best of all, the site is a starting point for some beautiful easy bike and walking trails. We put our bikes to good use by spending the afternoon peddling through the forest. I had heard that the New Forest was full of ponies so I was looking forward to seeing a few ponies off in the distance. ‘full of ponies’ turned out to be a bit of ... read more
Hanging out with 'Brian-Not-Sexy-But-Good'
Riding in The New Forest. Hundreds of forest trails to choose from.
Wild Ponies roaming in the forest

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 19th 2009

The last leg of the cruise - from Spain through the Bay of Biscay to Southampton should have been a dawdle. However things didn’t go as planned, nothing strange about that. We had planned to get all our packing done in the 3 days from Spain to Southampton. What we didn’t count on was the weather…. Heavy sea swells and although not seasick, we would have broken our necks trying to pack 6 suitcases in the confined space of our cabin at the beginning of the crossing. So we decided to do our packing on the last day, before docking in Southampton… Mmmmm great plan… We sort of, enjoyed our last days on Arcadia, visited places and people on board and generally had a great if rocky time. On the last day before port we got ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 14th 2009

Today was the survival section of the course - life jackets, life rafts, and sea survival. All very interesting and I hope that I never have to use any of it. It was rather depressing. For the practical part we were taken to dive pool and saw how the life rafts inflate then we had to jump off a 4 meter high board and get into the life raft. We ended with the mock abandon ship where we had to get into a life raft, using all the skills we had learned. I am impressed at how well the whole course is put together. I am off to kuwait tomorrow night so I don't know when I will next be able to add anything.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 13th 2009

It was hands on today on the fire fighting ground of the institue. We were all dressed up in our Gucci gear and were given a taste of what it would be like to have a fire onboard a ship. It was a real eye opener for me. We got to try fire extinguishers and fire hoses. We were given breathing apparatus and went in to experience what it is like to feel a real fire. It was very strenous - the breathing apparatus - similar to dive tanks - was heavy to carry. I did get panicked when I couldn't see out of my visor when we went into rescue a casualty, however there were loads of instructors along the route to assist me. The Far green structure in the fire ground pic is built ... read more
Fire ground

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 11th 2009

I started the next course at Warsash Maritime institute. Lovely campus over looking the Hamble River - which we sailed up last week. It is a small class 9 people from a variety of backgrounds from captain of a ship to a 16 year old who wants to work on a private yatch. It was all classroom sessions today I am looking forward to the practiacl sessions of fire fighting and launching a life raft which comes later in the week. I choose the right B&B. The family are very friendly and really believe in value for money 20 pounds buy breakfast and dinner and transport to the college plus internet and they are all so nice. They have been doing this for years and Carol makes you feel very welcomed as soon as you walk ... read more


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 10th 2009

I have just finished my Day Skipper course 4 days of theroy and 5 day on practical. It was very intense. 4 other people were great, I was the only woman except for the instructor and it worked out well. We sailed over to Cowes, up the Bealueiu river, down to lymington. up the Hamble. cover over 80 miles in 4 days. We were not hampered by the weather which was up to force 7 (28-33knots) at times. It was cold as the pictures of us show the woolly hats which were necessary! We did some night sailing in very busy waters and saw everything we had learned about on the theroy part of the course. The people(4)on the course were like me keen and enthusicatic and we had a good laugh easp as we a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Lymington April 30th 2009

Well we are finally off tomorrow on our world tour. I think we’re as ready as we can be, travel insurance , 9 series of Southpark on the iPod , nothing but the essentials! The first phase of the trip is as follows…. 4 days seeing friends in the Netherlands then on to India. Starting in Mumbai and going down the west coast via Goa and Kerala and over to the east via Maduri and on to Madras. Then the plan is to fly to Calcutta and take a train to Varanasi and Agra and leave from Delhi, 2 months in total. From India we go to Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for around 2 months. Then we go up to Japan for a few days then down to Singapore which will be a base ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton April 29th 2009

And Through Portugal We had a lovely time driving slowly up through Portugal with some lovely and some not so lovely weather. We managed to pop into Lisbon when it was wet and it doesn't matter then. It is still a great place for a short break. We discovered history in Mafre, Tomar and Obidos. And some religiosity in Fatima where we got wet. After that we moved further north to a small campsite near Oliveira dos Hopital past Coimbra where we cycled and stayed for a few days before finding Braganca which was beguiling, a real find. This was our last stop in Portugal and we took to the hills to find Spain. Asturias and Cantabria, north Spain But we were a bit heavy perhaps as we overheated our breaks coming down into Spain. We ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth April 28th 2009

I am off to UK for sailing lesson on Friday, before I head out to Tonga to dive and sail for the summer... read more

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