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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield December 1st 2020

My walk this morning took on one of those etherial moods . A low mist clung to the ground. Like a blanket covering everything . It is November after all. As I tramped the village on one of the more familiar routes I remembered fog . Fog as it was when I was a child . A real pea souper . I thought many would not remember a fog so thick that you could not see your hand in front of your face. A fog fuelled by endless coal fires . What else would you burn when your dad recieved cheap coal as a perk from his job. The whole village i lived in had at least two and even three fires in their homes . All fuelled with coal . The air was thick with ... read more
The very large poppies
that first world war soldier

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London November 29th 2020

Unfortunately, Covid (coronavirus) cases increased rapidly between September and October 2020, and the government enforced 4 week circuit breaker between 5th November and 2nd December in England. We have found this lockdown was not as strict as last one – quite a few shops like independent hardware, electronic shops, newsagents, dry cleaning centres, garden centres and WHSmiths – have remained open. We have been told that public toilets are open in the parks and have been encouraged to visit Priory Park, N8 and Olympic Park near Stratford. Priory Park, N8 Having taken my day off on 20th November, Mark took a day off on that day. We decided to visit Priory Park. Although we had seen this park from bus No.144 on the way to Muswell Hill Methodist Church several years, Mark had never been there; ... read more
Fountain that used to be standing at St Paul's Cathedral
enchanting autumnal leaves
Tumbling Bay Playbround, Olympic Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield November 17th 2020

When I woke up in late March and heard about lockdown and Covid I never for one minute imagined that I would be here in November still writing about the same old thing . It it felt like groundhog day months ago I have little idea how to describe this the 1st day of a new month . I feel like Janus the god that January is named after looking backward to the start of all of this and looking forward to it ending . Sadly looking back feels a pointless exercise . 2020 has been a washout . Cancelled holidays . Home working . Motorhome sales going through the roof and no places to stay . Looking forward - Bonfire Night is on the horizon. That night or few days before and after the night ... read more
Who needs fireworks with colour like this ?

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield November 17th 2020

"Act without expectation " That is what Lao Tzu said to me this morning . Expect nothing on your walk . Just go for the walk . If it rains it rains. If you get wet you get wet . Don't expect to look out the window and see the sun shining . It is November so what do you expect ? Don't expect to see colour in a garden . Just accept what colour you see. Perhaps hopes that we exchange on our home this week . Only a few days and we will know. We can then expect to move out . We have been there before so perhaps I should be cautious and expect nothing . As I walked under the trees a van came past . Quite slowly. His roof caught the ... read more
More of the fireworks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield November 9th 2020

Covid has given us a whole range of new words. Furlough - that has been brought into usage again and entered our language . Firebreaks - Wales has gone into one for the next two weeks . As I set off on my morning work I contemplate on what the week will bring . With each step I try to kick the leaves that fall on the ground . All wet and soggy . The air feels thick with dew and mist . It is not raining but it feels wet . Dank . I came across that word when I was about 11 years old. It was Christmas and I had received an Enid Blyton book. The Island of Adventure - the first of many that I would read. I received one every Christmas and ... read more
An odd wooden caterpillar
Last remnants of blackberries

Europe » United Kingdom » England » South Yorkshire » Sheffield October 30th 2020

The last time I was in Sheffield in a travel blogging sense, it was an ode to Heaven 17. The Other Half was reliving her youth and we were at the O2 to see Glen Gregory et al, blasting out the the full Luxury Gap album. Temptation indeed. She was on a roll, after doing the Penthouse & Pavement tour 2 years previously. It seems only fair then that the title of this blog goes to their musical neighbours, Human League. As usual, there might well be the sound of a crowd later too. Our other Sheffield blog started with the Heaven 17 lyrics, "We're going to live for a very long time". Fast forward to 2020 and nobody really knows anymore. The silent killer is among us and back for a second wave. We can ... read more
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield October 26th 2020

Hello there - it is usually the navigator who writes these blogs . She waffles on about where we have been to, what she thought about it and where we were going to next . What about me ? Have you forgotten me? Gabby . Yes Gabby the motorhome . Last time she let me loose on a blog I was new . I told you all about my weight , my height , my new toys and everything I could think of . Since then well I am probably a bit heavier . Still underweight . The driver and the navigator take me regularly to the weighbridge where I place my front boots on the scales , my middle bit and my back boots . With all my extra nice new fancy toys I am ... read more
and a few more shades of green
Oak leaves turning yellow

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Worcestershire » Worcester October 26th 2020

The Land of Hope and Glory. It certainly doesn't feel like it at the moment. The heavens had opened, as we arrived in the Cathedral city of Worcester some 6 hours after we departed from Bristol and The Well Hung Lover. The M5 hadn't really been that bad. We had stopped off for a socially distanced family gathering on the outskirts of Cheltenham. My sister has long since resided in this affluent corner of England, where the pace of life is slower. It is nearly 10 months ago since we had last met up. She rarely ventures north and we have less reason these days to venture south. The world put to rights, we made our way to Worcester. Whilst I have driven past Worcester many times on the adjacent motorway, we have only visited the ... read more
Worcester Guildhall
Royal Worcester Porcelain

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hertfordshire » Tring October 25th 2020

We can’t remember the last time we visited Ashridge Estate, northwest outskirts of London. We decided to do trekking course on 23 October 2020. We took the train from Euston for Tring. We saw rain falling, wet platforms from the window on the way to the destination. As we left Tring station, we crossed over the road to start the trekking course. There were signposts for Aldbury, Bridgewater Tower, and Ivinghoe. In contrast to the weather forecast I’d heard from the previous day, the thick clouds came round Ashridge in the lunchtime and it started raining while walking towards Aldbury village. Mark put up umbrella and I put up my scarf on my head. Nevertheless, the sight was quite clear, and while approaching Aldbury, we could see the lush hills with autumnal coloured leaves and Bridgewater ... read more
Ancient woodland with autumnal leaves
breathtaking views of Hertfordshire countryside
The woodland along the Ranger's walk

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Bristol County » Bristol October 20th 2020

The first time I ever visited Bristol, it was for a job interview. I kept thinking, this is such a long way from home. I never got the job, but in all honesty my heart wasn't in it anyway. I didn't want to live there. The South West was a different world - a better world in many ways - but not my world. I consigned the trip to history and it was a long time before I ventured back. I look around now and think - mistake. What a fabulous city. Bristol has everything. It was a short and trouble free journey down the M5 from Brinscombe. The weather was fine and the traffic light. We approached from the junction near the giant Cribbs Causeway shopping centre. The suburbs open out on the expanse of ... read more
Southernhay Crescent, Bristol
Spike Island, Bristol
Clifton, Bristol

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