Monthly Archives: May 2011

Three Castles (Part 2)

Walmer Castle was the second Kent castle we visited. Much smaller than Dover, more the size of a “stately home.” Henry VIII built three castles along this shoreline to protect the coast and the anchorage immediately offshore known as “The … Continue reading

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Shingle Beaches

The beaches we walked on during our Kent break were all shingle, St Margaret’s Bay, Kingsdown, Walmer and Deal. This is Kingsdown, I liked the solitary hut. There is something special about a shingle beach. I think it’s the sounds … Continue reading

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Three Castles (Part 1a)

Dover Castle is a complex of buildings covering many ages of English History. As I noted in the previous post it is very large and needs some time to explore thoroughly. It’s also quite expensive as a visitor so if … Continue reading

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Three Castles (Part I)

There are three superb castles in south-east Kent all looked after by English Heritage. The biggest is Dover. Indeed probably one of the biggest intact medieval castles in England. Its history covers the whole period from the Romans to the … Continue reading

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St Margaret’s Bay, Kent.

A historical spot on England’s “Frontline.”  From the beach, under the famous White Cliffs,  you look out over the English Channel and see the coastline of France, just 22 miles away, and a steady succession of ferries going in and … Continue reading

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Caravan Holidays

We first tried a self catering break in Canada in 2005, travelling with Ruth’s family to  Saskatchewan, where we shared a large apartment at Cypress Hills Resort for Canada Day, July 1st. Encouraged by the experience we sought out somewhere … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on 32 months at St George the Martyr.

To paraphrase an old saying “I couldn’t see the church because of the people.” Why do we go to church? I would like to go to church for a break from regular life, to find a little time of peace … Continue reading

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