Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Geolympix 2016

Geolympix 2016

Caching in a forest in moderately bad weather, because there was an event on.
Going Mega in France

Going Mega in France

Five go mad in Valenciennes. Except there were only four of us. Unless you include the ukelele.
Silverstone

Silverstone

A day of fast cars, unhealthy food and no working.
Langdale Pikes

Langdale Pikes

Don't tell them your name Pike ! Langdale has several Pikes, but none of them are gangly teenagers from Dad's Army.
Cat Bells

Cat Bells

Cat Bells is nothing to do with campanological felines. It's a mountain. Near Keswick. And we climbed it.
Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

That weird day of each year when both kids have their birthday. Denise and Dave came over to see us.
Ullswater

Ullswater

We were visited by Dennis and Linda, and spent the day in relatively cool weather boating around Ullswater.
Climbing Skiddaw

Climbing Skiddaw

Kas had always wanted to climb Skiddaw as a kid but never quite made it. Job done !
The Drive Up

The Drive Up

Our first day was mainly spent driving up from Liverpool. We did walk up one hill though.
Up The Lakes

Up The Lakes

A week exploring the ups and downs of England's most three dimensional county.
Muttley’s Delight

Muttley’s Delight

Our annual trip to the fine city of Liverpool for a bit of Rock 'n' Roll, with some running thrown in.
Snowdonia

Snowdonia

Kas entered the 2015 Snowdonia Marathon, so we were obliged to go and have a long weekend in Snowdonia.
Examining London

Examining London

I had a professional exam to take after a period of, well I'd like to call it "intensive study" but it would probably be better to call it "not being bothered" over the summer.
Coming Home

Coming Home

A long journey home with a very early start, and a ridiculous delay at the airport. Just what you need to make the reality sink back in again.
The Final Day

The Final Day

A day with no particular plans other than chilling and packing and drinking all the remaining beer out of the fridge. I increased the time pressure by going out caching all afternoon.
Back to Sagres

Back to Sagres

Our final day trip out and we were a bit stuck for where to go, so we started off by going somewhere we'd already been once. And then we went to a couple of new (to us) and rather lovely places.
Zoomarine

Zoomarine

It seems every holiday has to have a visit to some kind of water themed amusement park.
Praia do São Rafael

Praia do São Rafael

This might have been another one in the series entitled "Not a Lot Happened". It was saved by an afternoon trip to the nearby Praia do São Rafael.
Parasailing

Parasailing

What could be better than flying behind a big parachute over the open ocean ? Or looking for bits of tupperware stuck up the side of a cliff ?
Seville

Seville

Seville is famous for its oranges, although most of them get shipped to Dundee to be turned into marmalade, allegedly. We didn't see many while we were there anyway.