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a vintage VW campervan to the Peak District

Travel — August 2017

When Camilla suggested we hire an antique campervan, I was a bit sceptical at first: I don't get excited about cars the way she does, and it seemed likely to be an expensive faff. But we had a lovely weekend in a classic old VW campervan called Blossom, spending three nights in the Peak District (five miles or so west of Chesterfield). more

Studley Green to Piddington loop walk

Travel — August 2017

Helen and I did a nice walk in the Chilterns with our friend Jude, a loop from the Studley Green garden centre to the Dashwood Arms in Piddington and back. The weather was perfect, warm but cloudy, with a gentle breeze and occasional patches of sun, and maybe half the walk was under trees. more

a Lake District trip, staying four nights in Grasmere

Travel — October 2016

We spent four nights in the Lake District in August and had a fantastic time: driving up on the Thursday and coming back on the Bank Holiday Monday gave us three full days, and we had really good weather. more

an Easter in Wales: gypsy caravan + owl cabin

Travel — April 2016

We had a lovely Easter outing, spending three nights in a caravan and cabin combo just into Wales, a little northeast of Abergavenny, and using that as a base for trips into the Brecon Beacons. more

car touring Wales

Travel — August 2011

In August Camilla took an extra day off to go with the August bank holiday and we spent four days driving around Wales. more

Bath visit

Travel — February 2011

Camilla needed a break from work, so we took last weekend off and visited Bath. more


Travel — November 2010

Last month I went up to Edinburgh, to visit Australian friends Carole and Don who are living there for six months. more

Uley Bury + the Jenner Museum

Travel — October 2010

Camilla's sister Amy and her husband Alex were visiting, so we went for at trip out to the Jenner Museum in Gloucestershire. more

Hay-on-Wye + Blaenavon

Books + Ideas, Travel — October 2010

We spent a weekend on the Welsh border, staying two nights in Ewyas Harold (pronounced "Yewass") in the Old Rectory B&B. more


Travel — September 2010

Camilla's cousin Esther was visiting for a couple of days, so we took her to see Stonehenge more

Classic Car Show - Blenheim Palace

Travel — September 2010

Last weekend Camilla and I went to a classic car show at Blenheim Palace. more

Guiting Power walk: Cotswolds

Travel — August 2010

To take advantage of our newly acquired car, we headed off for a day in the Cotswolds. more


Travel — July 2010

We only had little bits of time to see Birmingham more

London: British Museum + Courtauld Gallery

Travel — April 2010

In my first trip outside Oxford since I arrived here eight weeks ago, I went into London on Thursday with my sister Jenny. more

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