Monthly Archives: August 2014

Eastbourne Pier

I took a ride over to Eastbourne this morning to check out the damage done to the Eastbourne pier by the fire earlier this month and was pleasantly surprised to find much of it still intact, stretching out into the sea and projecting its old Victorian charm and grace. I love the architecture in those…

Sunny Hastings

Seems hard to believe sometimes, on wet and dreary weeks like this one, but I live on the English version of the Costa del Sol – the Sunshine Coast. Hastings is meant to be one of the sunniest places in all of Britain. While there are any number of towns along the south coast and…

Tinkering

Not really sure about this but I just couldn’t resist the urge to tinker – and to try returning  the site to something of its former magazine layout. I quite liked the Photocrati theme and am still using it on my photography site – which is really more about showcasing images than telling stories –…

Sunday Morning

The town of Hastings in a golden glow as the dawn sun breaks through the rain

Sunday is my favourite day for riding, especially early in the morning when I go out. The roads are quiet and I have the luxury of having the whole morning to myself, at leisure. No need, or perceived need, to be back home at a set time and at my desk, and one of the…

The Selfie

The ‘selfie’ has been much in the news this week with British nature photographer David Slater going public with his battle with Wikipedia, which has apparently appropriated a ‘selfie’ photo of a crested black macaque (monkey) that Slater engineered whilst on a visit to Indonesia in 2011. Having set up his camera and tripod, he…

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne pier at dusk

I was very saddened to hear that Eastbourne Pier caught fire last week. I read about it when I was up in Wales. Bad enough to hear that a third of it was destroyed, but to hear later that the fire is being treated as suspicious is dispiriting indeed. I always liked Eastbourne Pier, and…

Landscape Photography

Kiosk on the promenade at Bexhill-on-Sea Bexhill East Sussex England

Thanks to the need to provide illustration for this blog, I have rediscovered my love of photography which I had buried for a good many years. Looking backI a not quite sure why I abandoned photography the way I did. In part I think it was because I spent a lot of time in those…

Caernarfon – Travel Tips

Caernarfon Castle and mediaeval gate into the old quarter of the town of Caernarfon.

Back from northern Wales – Caernarfon to be precise – and thought I might segue briefly into travel writer mode. A few years ago, autumn of 2009, I cycled through Wales along the Lôn Las Cymru, the Welsh cycling path that runs 251 miles from Chepstow, in the south, to Holyhead, in the north. Along…