A journey, not a destination

You are not a Pewsey until you’ve had your photo taken

For generations of Pewsey’s, it was a right of passage to have your photo taken outside Pewsey Post Office in Wiltshire.

Pewsey Post Office in the 1960s

My mum outside Pewsey Post Office in the 1960s

According to Wikipedia, “Pewsey is a large village and civil parish at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Marlborough and 71 miles (114 km) west of London”. It’s a lovely Continue reading

The important role of search and rescue volunteers

Finding the lost missing injured and vulnerable

All images copyright of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton

Dartmoor Search and Rescue team members finding an injured walker

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton specialise in finding the lost, injured and vulnerable

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton is a volunteer search and rescue charity, affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW), who find the lost, missing injured and vulnerable, not just on Dartmoor but across Devon and to major incidents nationally.

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Classic motorbike and sidecar roadtrip

1204 Miles from Devon, England to Pisa, Italy

For the last few years my pal Dick, myself and a few others have been sharing extended roatrips across Europe on a classic DNEPR Motorbike and sidecar combination.

Our route from Devon to Pisa

Our route from Devon to Pisa

The bike is a 1981 DNEPR MT10-36 with 2wd, commonly known as a ‘Cossack’ which includes other bikes such as the Urals.

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Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki

New Zealand’s stunning south island

Driving past Lake Pukaki on New Zealand’s South Island, we were greeted with this beautiful scene over Lake Pukaki looking towards Mount Cook, (Auraki) the tallest mountain in the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)

Absolutely stunning I think you’ll agree. Views like this are very much the norm on New Zealnd’s south island and if this doesn’t encourage you to visit and experience the country yourself, nothing will!

Thanks to Peter Stephens Photography for processing the image for me.

Reflections of the North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s stunning north island didn’t disappoint

Reflecting on our 2 weeks on the North Island it has been good …… very good. We’ve driven 1870km and seen some fabulous countryside.

The genteel and historic Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands on the New Zealand North Island

The beautiful town of Russell

Russell was probably my favourite place visited.

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The Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand.

The Classic Tramp

One key objective of our trip to New Zealand and our visit to the North Island was the ‘classic’ walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. A 12 mile or thereabouts tramp that can be done in a day.

The Tongariro mountain range

The Tongariro mountain range

The dilemma was the ‘what ifs’. What if the weather was bad, or something happened and we didn’t make the finish in time for a shuttlebus, etc, etc. So, I didn’t book one and decided to leave it to fate when I arrived.

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A fondness for Hong Kong.

My first visit to Hong Kong

I first visited Hong Kong in 2004 for a short 3 day stop over on the way to Vietnam. I had very fond memories of the place. More lively and less sanitised than Singapore I felt. So when it came to deciding on a stopover on my first trip to New Zealand I decided to return.

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I arrived late afternoon into the huge airport, just as the sun was setting, and took the Airport Express rail line into Hong Kong Central. A clean and efficient line and we were into the city in about 30mins.

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