A book inspired walk – Alperton Tube to Paddington Basin

I recently read Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, close (ish) to the beginning of the story, one of the characters walks from his posh flat in central London to an area near Wembley and he walks along the Grand Union Canal. In one bit of his journey, he walks along an aqueduct over the North…

August 2018 photos

I’ve done much more traveling than normal for me this month, so lots of photos, also check out my Bournemouth post. Frieze Sculpture 2018 (Regent’s Park, London – still on until 7 October) Cwm Idwal walk (in Snowdonia, one of the most challenging walks I’ve been on, although saying that, little kids were doing it) Flowers from my…


I’m planning on starting a monthly photo post of photos I’m pleased with that month but after a recent trip to Bournemouth, I’ve had so many photos that I’m happy with, I thought I’d do a separate post. We had some very variable weather. With one morning wet enough to drive us into the aquarium….

5 things I liked this week – 13.7.18

1. More fantastic walks in Richmond Park. 2. Helping out on the language school (where I work) summer trip. 3. That it’s been feeling (towards the end of the week) a little cooler but we could still desperately do with some rain, everything is yellow. 4. Listening to Motown. 5. The Trump balloon.

5 things I liked this week – 30.6.18

1. Another excellent walk through Richmond Park. 2. More quality time with the cat (me looking hot, sweaty and a mess, whereas the cat looks far more put together). 3. The kids’ school getting an excellent, well deserved Ofsted report. I’m always highly appreciative of the opportunities my kids get and I know full stop…

5 things I liked this week – 22.6.18

1.Lots of visits from the neighbour’s cat. 2.The big wide open spaces of Richmond Park. 3. A bus ride through a part of London I don’t often visit (an excellent people and architecture watching opportunity). 4. Stuart MacBride’s The Blood Road was a good audiobook listen, it was good to get back to some familiar…

5 things I liked this week – 1.6.18

1. I went for a lovely walk in Home Park (the park next to Hampton Court) at the weekend. 2. I’m ‘enjoying’ watching Handmaid’s Tale now that it’s back on TV, ‘enjoying’ as in I’m appreciating how well made it is and what an important story it is but it is a very uncomfortable watch….

5 things I liked this week – 25.5.18

1. We made friends with next door’s cat. 2. The new(ish) Plan B album, Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose. 3. I revisited the The Future Starts Here exhibition at the V&A, this time with my kids. It was definitely more fun visiting it with other people and this time I got to see the…

A trip to see the newly reopened Temperate House

The Temperate House at Kew Gardens has been closed for refurbishment for a long time but it reopened recently, so I had to go and have a look. They’ve done an amazing job, it’s so light and bright now. You can now go and walk on the upper level too! They have water features now…

5 things I liked this week – 18.5.18

1. A nice walk in Richmond Park. 2. A trip to the V&A to see The Future Starts Here, it was the first exhibition I’ve seen in the new exhibition space and *ahem* I may have preferred the actual space over the actual exhibition (the exhibition space is amazing) but it was pretty good. 3….