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Trees Sherwood Forest

EXPLORING SHERWOOD FOREST

I have around 300 published posts on VHE, some of which date back to 2010.  In an effort to get organised and make sure all my posts are still current, I’m going through them all one and one (no, it isn’t time consuming at all ;-))  and updating as necessary. Robin…

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VISITING LINDISFARNE, NORTHUMBERLAND

I desperately held out for sunshine for our trip to Lindisfarne.  I knew that this incredible ancient island in Northumberland would be just stunning to photograph with a clear blue sky – but this is the UK, so what the fuck was I thinking? With no sunshine in sight, we…

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Athenaeum Club Rochford Swimming Pool

A DAY AT THE ATHENAEUM CLUB, ROCHFORD

I was back with my Mum at The Athenaeum Club recently and a couple of things have changed since our first visit in 2010, so I wanted to do a little update… I have to say that the facilities at the club have hardly changed, they are still of an…

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Wallington Hall

A VISIT TO WALLINGTON HALL

Hooray for Sundays… the perfect time for a bit of sightseeing.  I’ll be museuming for most of the day, while Philip is rehearsing his next play. When I lived in the UK, I took the National Trust and English Heritage for granted, I’ve probably mentioned it before. As a charity…

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Tredegar House Newport

KILLING TIME AT TREDEGAR HOUSE, NEWPORT

Renewing your passport is a complete and utter pain the arse.  I mean it’s not really in the grand scheme of world problems, but if you do a lot of travelling and really can’t not have a passport for six weeks (which is how long it takes to do it via…

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Healthy Fast Food From Leon

HEALTHY FAST FOOD FROM LEON

Quick, give me another way of saying ‘Fast Food’ Did you say Junk Food?, I bet you did, most of the people I asked said exactly that.  It seems weird that something that actually has ‘junk’ in the title, should be so very popular.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging,…

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The Wallace Statue

THE WALLACE STATUE, BEMERSYDE

The grounds of the Bemersyde estate, near Melrose are a wonderful place for a walk.  Head towards the River Tweed and you’ll find yourself staring up in awe at a quite frankly MASSIVE statue of William Wallace. Built in 1814 out of red sandstone, the statue stands at a whopping…

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Abbotsford

A TRIP TO ABBOTSFORD, SCOTTISH BORDERS

I find it very inspiring visiting the homes of great people.  Especially with authors, since their lives require them to be creative, I love to see what they surrounded themselves with and maybe, just maybe some of their awesome will rub off on me! I’ve visited the homes of two…

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Southend Pier

PROMENADING ALONG SOUTHEND PIER

At 1.34 miles (2.16 km) Southend-on-Sea has the longest pleasure pier in the world. If you’re wondering why they would build such a long pier in Essex of all places, it is for very practical reasons, as the fabulous Wikipedia explains… In the early 19th century, Southend was growing as a seaside…

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SOUTHCHURCH HALL, ESSEX

I’ve probably mentioned before that my Mum lives near Southend-on-Sea, which is in Essex (which is in England – just in case you’re new here). My Mum very kindly lets me stay with her whenever I’m in the UK, this is great as I get to spend time with Mum…

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PICTURES OF OLD LEIGH, ESSEX

We had a little break in our schedule at Shorelines. so thought we would stretch our legs and make the most of the beautiful (yet a little chilly) autumn weather by heading over to Old Leigh. Slightly hidden from the main road, it really is a little gem of a…

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HARDWICK HALL, DERBYSHIRE

There are so many beautiful old houses in the UK that I think living here makes you take them for granted sometimes. When I look at similar buildings across Europe I realise just how lucky we are to have the National Trust and English Heritage.  Not only do they look…

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A DAY AT MATLOCK BATH, DERBYSHIRE

It can be quite hard sometimes to find a place to go day tripping that is a little romantic… but Matlock Bath is certainly one of them. The drive there is picturesque in itself, but once you get there, it really is rather beautiful (on a practical note I’d suggest…

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KENILWORTH CASTLE, WARWICKSHIRE

Do we let a little bit of rain and wind stop us from our Day Tripping? No we do not. Which is why Boon and I found ourselves at Kenilworth Castle (in Kenilworth, Warwickshire) on a rather grotty day. Robert Dudley built the castle to impress Queen Elizabeth I in…

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