Gadding About

Travel and travel related stuff …


60-45-30…

WTF is she on about??!! you may well ask. Well it all started with a bicycle and a friend… Let’s go off and do a ride in the New Forest. Like other rides I’ve done, recently it seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve never been to this particular forest before and heard tell it was pretty cool. So, managed to find a B n B in New […]

gals and their bikes

Hippy town burns down 1

I’ve written here more than once of my sojourns to Nimbin, in Northern NSW. So I was somewhat distressed to learn this week that half the town, hippy capital of Australia (some would say the world), burned down in a suspicious fire.     The whole incident has proved pretty devastating for this alternative community, and home to one of my closest friends. However, luckily no one was hurt. A […]


London to Cambridge… by bicycle…We did it!! 4

This was just a training ride for my two cycling buddies, for me it was the main event. The route, 60 long miles (all told 70 miles by the time I’d cycled to the start and cycled home from the train station). Said friends, masochists that they are, will be doing a 100 miler in a couple of weeks time, taking in Box Hill (remember London 2012??) with no stops! […]

Cyclists

Aaaaah sweet 1

Well today was a lovely late spring day as it turned out. So headed off to my childhood stomping grounds around Totteridge for a few hours outdoors.Taking in the countryside in the big smoke of London. Misplacing (read losing) ourselves in the wonder of nature… The geese and ducks had been busy so as well as coming across beautiful clumps of buttercups, Flag Irises and Ox Eye Daisies by the […]


A wonderful week in Spain… 2

Back to Casa Granadina for a week of spring sunshine, warmth, relaxation, walking and all things good. Stopped off in Torremelinos en route from the airport for lovely meal, ¬†cold beer (non alcoholic). Picked up a couple of nice tees in a local mall. Arrived at Casa Granadina, the river was more than a trickle and refreshingly cooling on the feet. Got down and dirty on the river bank trying […]


The Brown Boot of Anne 3

Had a fabulous weekend down in Hampshire taking in a walk to Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve amongst other things. An ancient Yew woodland and tree hugger’s paradise. We even ran into a marauding Saxon who’d lost the rest of his tribe (we were able to point him in the right direction – at least we later passed him having been reunited with his friends). As well as containing possibly […]


Beautiful sunny morning 2

Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning which inspired me to take a walk and some more photos, then come back home and start a new collection of photos on the seasons. Looking forward to having guests for Sunday lunch tomorrow and us all catching up with Deb on Skype. She’s got a dongle now you know which is a rare and wonderful thing in the rural land of the […]


Candidates for Shit London? 1

Not that I particularly wish to promote Amazon the (in)famous online bookstore… there’s a book called Shit London which will make a good crimbo present for someone somewhere (hint, hint…). As I was wandering round and about while visiting a friend today, I came across this sign prompting disabled people to ring a non existent bell to get help getting into the offending public building. Now that’s pretty shit. Get […]


Restorative break… aaahhh… 1

Recently back from a wonderful week at Casa Granadina, being hosted by the fantastic Rosie. Just what we needed and we couldn’t have been better taken care of… Walks, food, evening entertainment (Scrabble mostly), company all totally top notch, and added bonus, wonderful weather for the whole week (though not sure Rosie had complete control of the latter). Day one was a relaxed walk to the lovely village of Guaro […]

Water bottles

Christchurch 2

Last day in NZ but we still had the best part of a day to go as we were on an evening flight. After packing our gear up (sniff – oi I’m tryna be brave here) and making the van look presentable (blub), we headed back into Christchurch to visit the museum and botanical gardens. Both very interesting. There was a really touching display of photographs taken by local children […]