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Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Brighton August 14th 2019

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Brighton August 14th 2019Published: August 14th 2019 And... summer 2019 adventures begin! Had a lovely (but too short) visit with Emily after I arrived on Tuesday evening. She had been working a trade show in Chichester so stopped off in Gatwick for dinner with me on her way home. I'll see her again in Prague next week! Then today I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Eastbourne August 2nd 2019

The train from Bristol to Eastbourne entailed travelling first to London Paddington station then taking the Tube to London Victoria for a train to Eastbourne so it was nowhere near as uncomplicated as I would have liked it to be since I had a largish suitcase plus a backpack to cart around. Luckily my suitcase was carried up and down stairs for me by kind obliging people who offered to help. But I got there in the end which was the main thing. The last part, walking from Eastbourne station to the View Hotel which is opposite the seafront was the easiest part of the journey although I was quite warm by the time I got there. So it was quite a relief to finally get into my room and unpack. Having been led to believe ... read more
John & Sandra Faulkner, Catherine Barker & Michelle
AGM: Malcolm Andrews, Paul Graham & Maggie de Vos
AGM: all present following proceedings

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Bodiam October 19th 2018

Where in the world is Gabby the motorhome parked? On a car park which is virtually empty. The gates have just opened and we are in Bodiam in East Sussex. Yes we are back in the UK but how did we get here? Long story. Change of plans . The sort of thing that happens in motorhoming. Wind the clock back to 1975. Before I met Glenn time. It was the year of the hot summer . A summer hotter than this year or at least it appeared that way. Or perhaps that is just my memory playing tricks on me. I seemed to think that the grass burned more and turned yellower than this summer. The bowsers were out delivering water due to water rationing. It didnt start off hot . In fact, it poured ... read more
Bodiam Castle
The way in
picture perfect with a blue sky

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Brighton August 18th 2018

My best friend Shiki and I were working as Au Pairs in London back in April 2010, we did't have much money at the time, but wanted to see a little more of the UK, so we went to Brighton. The plan was to couchsurf, but it wasn't easy to find a host last minute. While looking at the website we were joking around about just sleeping on the beach, as it had been very warm the last couple of days. Before we went I grabbed my sleeping bag just in case, because we did not have any luck finding a host yet. When we got to Brighton we went straight to the beach, which was, as expected very crowded. Shiki and I spent most of the day just hanging out at the beach and later ... read more
Glad I brought my sleeping bag
Trying to get some sleep
More baked Beans

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Hastings August 17th 2018

Off to Hastings today! Although it is the site of the conquest of Britain by the Norman, William the Conqueror, Rosemary and I both remember it for being the site of the television series, Foyle’s War. Much of the drive repeated our journey to lunch in Elham a couple of days ago, not that I had it memorized. The scenery became more and more beautiful as we drove through the green and gold farms of the rolling South Downs. We took smaller roads, tree-shaded narrow tunnels with seemingly no space for two cars to pass. Of course, Rosemary and the other drivers zipped along without concern. A few ... read more
The Spitfire Pub
High Street, Rye
C&S Chamberlen, Hastings

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex June 18th 2018

Today we were catching the 10am ferry from Dunkirk to Dover so we left just before 9am to give us enough time to get to the port as you needed to be there at least 45 minutes before. It was another grey day, the drive wasn't too busy for a Monday and we reached the port bang on 9:15am. We chose Dunkirk as it was not only the closest it was also the cheapest and the least busiest. Calais apparently can be very busy as its the most popular being the shortest crossing but we didn't mind being on the ferry for 2 hours we were in no hurry. Loading the motorhome and going through immigration was straight forward, a French immigration officer came on board and checked all our large cupboard spaces, no doubt looking ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Hailsham April 14th 2018

I woke up sad this morning. I love coming over here and it's time for the LONGGGGG flight back to Australia today. I've had a great time over here (always do) but I'd really like another week to finish of the trip. However, school calls for Monday! I've seen some amazing things, some really, really old and some no so. Met some amazing people, joined a group of enthusiastic forest schoolers who are all about developing wholistic children and young people through the outdoors. Our presenter was amazing with so much knowledge and experience in developing confident children. I learnt how to tie knots, build tarp shelters, light fires with a flint, use the fire for cooking, different herbs and trees in the woodland. I saw a vole and naughty grey squirrels, giant bumble bees and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Hailsham April 13th 2018

Last day of training today. It was a bit sad as I have enjoyed this week very much. We have learnt a lot and made good friendships. We learnt some lashing today and by creating a zig-zag we could then twist it and turn it into a star. There is a woodland just down the road from the scout camp and I could see a beautiful carpet of woodland anemones as I was driving past each day. I tried to find access yesterday down a side road but there was no thoroughfare. Today I just drove up onto the side of the A22 and climbed over the wire fence to get some beautiful pictures. Apart from it being close to the road it was a lovely carpet of white in the forest. I then drove the ... read more
Bud of an Ash tree
Ash tree bark
Knife sharpening

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Hailsham April 12th 2018

We had a great day today. A good mix of theory and practice. We began the day with a silly game: mouse, hunter and mammoth. It was a bit like scissors paper rock. We learnt how to use the sheath knife today and started to practice carving and whittling. This was great fun and really relaxing. We were all in the zone! We had a tree talk on the English Oak tree. They are a hardwood and take so long to grow, but are an important part of the ecosystem. They sustain over 400 types of invertebrates. They have a great lumpy bark perfect for crayon rubbings. We didn't have time to do that today! We then had to throw a rope through the fork of a tree maybe 3 metres in the air. Everyone tried ... read more
Circle of Inclusion
Trying to throw the rope through the tree.
Stitching two tarps together

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Hailsham April 11th 2018

Awoke to bright sunshine this morning. It was a bit of a shock! By the time I'd finished my beautiful breakfast and arrived at the scout camp, the clouds had come over again. Today we learnt more about tools, fire and tent building. The theory part of today was an environmental impact study on the area where Forest Schools are run, woodland in the UK and bush at home in Australia. The tool we learnt about today was the billhook. It's a short bladed cutting tool for splitting smaller logs. It requires two people to operate. I'm not even sure if they are available in Australia as this is the first time I've actually seen one. It worked really well on the English softwood like oak but I'm not sure how successful it would be on ... read more
Hazel stem rope
Squirrel playing chase
First bluebell of the season




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