On 4th June 2011 we caught the ferry over to Brittany to rendezvous with some Australian friends. On the ferry were several people kitted out in WW2 uniforms and some US jeeps and other military vehicles on their way to D-Day commemorations. Three weeks or so later we parted company with our friends to travel Read More →


THE HARDY TREE In 1856, shortly after his 16th birthday, the son of a well-known local builder started his articles in the office of Hicks’ architects practice in Dorchester. Later in ‘Florence Emily Hardy: The Life of Thomas Hardy 1840-1928 she says “…if he had his life over again he would prefer to be a Read More →

Two days in Hong Kong

The 10,000 Buddhas I had decided to head for the Temple of 10,000 Buddhas in Shatin by MTR. This involved a couple of changes and then a climb up what seemed like 10,000 steps (grim even now, but in high summer, murderous I imagine). The walk takes you past another new temple of some sort Read More →