The North Pole Express

What better time to break the blog hiatus than the lead-up to Christmas? Last weekend we traveled on the North Pole Express, a steam train ride from Paraparaumu to the North Pole (Otaki standing in) and back. We were joined by Kelly, Drew and Clara and all met up at the Paraparaumu train station. We […]

The difference of a day

Yesterday was calm and cool with a lovely sunset. Today the sun was hidden by rain clouds in the afternoon that turned to snow clouds as the evening came in. We stood inside watching the snow come down, taking a few photographs from the warmth of the doorway. As it got heavier we decided (perhaps […]

South Island: Picton to Kaiteriteri

Keryn’s parents recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary and we helped them mark the occasion with a 10 day road trip around the top of the South Island. A smooth ferry crossing saw us disembarking at Picton and starting our journey towards Kaiteriteri after a bakery stop in town for some lunch. We were planning […]

Heading north in the dark

The plan was to take advantage of a crisp and clear morning to catch the sunrise hitting the snow covered peaks of the Tararua ranges. This saw me up nice and early and driving in the dark towards the Wairarapa, -2 degrees when I left home, -4 on the south side of the Rimutakas (with […]

A couple of weekends

A couple of weekends ago we journeyed back to the Wairarapa and stayed with my cousin Amanda for a night in Masterton. We were over the hill for a birthday party celebrating cousin Julian’s 30th birthday. We made the most of our time starting with lunch in Greytown with Amanda and Uncle Michael. Before the […]

Through the snow and hail…

Monday saw us driving from Brentwood over to Bristol to attend the first public concert by the newly reformed Crowded House. In the morning I took the train down to Ilford and picked up the rental car. Then it was back to Brentwood to pick up Keryn and we were soon on the M25 heading […]

Chaos and so on

The tabloids and to a lesser extent the evening papers seem to have a limited vocabulary when it comes to advertising the news. I’m sure the Evening Standard for instance has a quota they must meet every week regarding the use of the word Chaos. Apparently there was to be travel chaos tonight because of […]

Catching up on the recent past

I know I promise these things and never do them but times are a changing. I’ve updated all the galleries on this site (i.e. London Snow, Hemel Hempstead, Jim’s Wedding and Our Wedding) to the new style and have added two more of our past trips: Prague Venice

Snow dominates the headlines

At least on this blog snow is big news. This morning we have had the heaviest snow so far in London this year. Compared to the snowfall in Kent over the last week the snow we had this morning is next to nothing but it has settled somewhat and everything has that white look to […]

St Pauls again

Here is another photo of St Pauls in the snow (not as much as last time I posted a photo which was a couple of years ago now in January 2003, you can see that photo by clicking here). The snow we’ve had is nothing compared to what we saw in Stockholm and Scotland over […]

Snow in Brentwood

The last few days we’ve had snow at times in Brentwood. Nothing heavy mind, just snow like drizzle, light and fluffy and not really settling. This morning has been as heavy as it’s ever been while we’ve been watching, it’s actually still snowing in London city which doesn’t happen that often. The view from our […]

Prague for Christmas

A lamp as found all over Prague Prague was lovely and we had a great time. I’ve got a bunch of photos to upload, as soon as I can decide on how the page will look. Thanks to all for Christmas gifts and well wishes, we’ll attempt more personal replies over the New Year break.

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