MapAction charity bike ride

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in blog, out & about | No Comments

I know there seems to be a rash of charity bike rides around at the moment but I am doing Paris – London this weekend to raise money for MapAction – the charity I volunteer for. Funds raised pay for maps and consumables that we make during disasters such as earthquakes and floods. Please make […]

Stockholm -> London Overland

Posted by on Apr 23, 2010 in blog, out & about | No Comments

OK, so it’s not the most daring of overland journeys ever undertaken but then it’s not a journey most people would ever have to do overland. The Ryanair flight should’ve taken 135 minutes and cost £80, we did it in exactly 48 hours at a cost of £500 per person.

Night O!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2010 in blog, out & about | No Comments

Night O is the deviant branch of standard orienteering. Tonight it involved navigating around Hampstead Heath in the dark and the pouring rain with nothing but a headtorch and a compass. Now, I’ve been orienteering since I was a teenager and I love it but until tonight I’d never done a night event. Navigation skills […]

Running down Mt Tahtali, Turkey

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in blog, out & about | One Comment

Last September we went on a beach holiday to the Turkish village of Çiralı. Before going I’d had a quick Google to see if I could get into the nearby mountains easily and Mt Tahtali (Tahtalı Dag or Mt Olympos) seemed the best option. Found in the Bey Mountains in the western branch of the […]

freightliners cafe

Posted by on Nov 13, 2009 in blog, out & about | No Comments

It’s a rare gem this cafe, really tasty light snacks at this really tiny cafe in a corner of a city farm. Sylvia had a bowl of pasta and I had gnocchi with pumpkin sauce, wild mushrooms and goats cheese. They serve a really nice cup of coffee and homemade cakes. Perfect with kiddies.

Autumn colours at Kew

Posted by on Oct 10, 2009 in blog, out & about | No Comments

The three of us set out for Kew Gardens today, a short walk up to Caledonian Rd station then round the North London Line to Kew. It was a classic autumnal day, damp but bright, bit chilly but warm when the sun came out. The colours were good, chestnuts aplenty (I brought a pocketful home) […]

Period Us

Posted by on Nov 23, 2008 in blog, out & about | No Comments

We had a bit of fun this weekend at Beningborough Hall in Yorkshire where they have some virtual portrait software. Here are three lovely 18th century renderings of us.

If you go down to Willows Farm …

Posted by on Sep 2, 2008 in blog, out & about | No Comments

As the Genesis song goes … on Willows Farm one should look out for butterflies, flutterbyes and gutterflies. Well, we didn’t see any of them but we did see 100′s (literally) of guinea pigs, lots of hungry sheep, two salivating reindeer, two cheeky ferrets, grumpy goats, recumbent cows and a maize maze. All this excitement […]

Walkin’ the dog

Posted by on Aug 11, 2008 in blog, out & about | No Comments

Having re-discovered my camera (I’d hidden it before going on holiday and then couldn’t find it again for ages) we went out for a little walk in the neighbourhood yesterday, Sylvia with her walk-along doggy. Got some nice shots around the streets of Bloomsbury and in the park, where we go most weekends we are […]

Last report from Bangkok

Posted by on May 16, 2008 in blog, out & about | No Comments

Day 8/9 – 14-15th May – Bangkok, Thailand It is now almost 2 weeks since cyclone Nargis ravaged Myanmar. The initial flurry of general situation maps and imagery showing flood waters has now subsided and more detailed analyses are already being carried out with the aid of before-after high resolution satellite imagery. e.g. http://unosat.web.cern.ch/unosat/asp/prod_free.asp?id=66 Our […]