Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

Internet joy and Internet woe

Posted: August 5, 2019 in Announcements

Well the good news is we have an internet connection again this morning, but the problem is can I trust it? The connection has come back before for periods of hours and then stopped. In all I guess we have had about 4 days connection in 5 weeks!

Still no explanation from ISP! Anyway we are changing ISP, but they can’t do it till the 14th (too many other people changing?). Interesting that we have had no communications from ISP about disruptions in service, but had an email within 30 minutes when they found out that I was changing supplier!

Roll on the 14th. Just hoping the connection stays on till then.

Still Battling!

Posted: July 11, 2019 in Announcements

We got the internet back at 10.30pm last night and I resolved to catch up on posts this morning. But you guessed it, when I woke this morning it wasdown again. I have tried posting on public WiFi at the coffee shop but it is just too slow to handle images, so will need to try somewhere else.

In the meantime I will continue reposting a series on UK castles I have visited over the years.

And still no internet!

Posted: July 8, 2019 in Announcements

We still have no internet or phone at home but I have been able to find somewhere to work where I can do my blog posts. I am going to post a couple of posts on Castles in Kent for the next two days and then hopefully I can begin to catch up on my recent travels from Thursday.

We have been without internet and phone for 8 days now! As I was travelling last week I had put up the posts in advance but am now back home and severely limited in what I can do. So new posts from my recent travels will have to wait and I will try to continue posting as best I can till normal service is resumed.

It is only when you don’t have something you begin to understand quite how much you have come to depend on it.

Verdun Tree

Posted: June 28, 2019 in Announcements
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This tree, near the Abbey in St Albans, was one of a number planted as war Memorials in England following the First World War. They came from acorns and chestnuts collected from trees that remained standing on the battlefield of Verdun, which were then brought to England and distributed to Towns and cities across the country. Some such as the one at Lichfield have been replaced by trees grown from acorns of the original Verdun Trees planted in this country and in 2016 the Woodland Trust launched a project to ensure the continuation of the Verdun Trees by growing new trees from their acorns, which can be used to replace any that die.

The tree in St Albans was planted in 1976 from an original Verdun acorn.

A thought for Paris

Posted: April 16, 2019 in Announcements

My thoughts are with the people of Paris and the congregation of Notre Dame Cathedral this morning as they assess the damage done to the building by the fire yesterday.

I have been to Paris on a number of occasions and visited the Cathedral in its magnificent setting on an island within the River Seine. A truly magnificent building. It is good news to hear that President Macron has already committed to its restoration.

Colchester, Essex

Posted: January 14, 2019 in Announcements

I am away for the whole of this week so in my absence, the blog will be focusing on the ancient town of Colchester in Essex with a combination of videos and previous posts from the blog.

Video by The Little Backpacker

2000 posts and still going

Posted: January 1, 2019 in Announcements

The New Year Greeting was my 2000th post on the site. If you had said to me back in 2012 that I would do 2000 posts I would have thought you were mad, but here we are and still going strong.

Thanks to everyone who reads, follows and comments for your support ocer the last 6 years.


Posted: January 1, 2019 in Announcements

Wishing you all a peaceful and productive New Year

Christmas Greetings

Posted: December 25, 2018 in Announcements

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas