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Winkworth Arboretum (October 2016)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 09:35 PM

We picked a fabulous day for our first visit to Winkworth Arboretum. Note to Laura: don't forget your NT Membership card next time. ;-) Click here to view this Page



Woking Food and Drink Festival (September 2016)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 11:16 PM

The annual Woking Food and Drink Festival has become a real highlight of the town's calendar. A great chance to taste the local produce ... particularly the Hogs Back beer! Click here to view this Page



Basingstoke Canal (August 2016)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 09:21 PM

Another pleasant stroll along the Basingstoke Canal - walking from home into Woking for lunch and a nice Aperol Spritz! Click here to view this Page



War of the Worlds (August 2016)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 09:22 PM

One of Woking's few claims to fame, is that the Martians landed on nearby Horsell Common before destroying the town in H. G. Wells novel, "The War of the Worlds" (1898). Click here to view this Page



Wisley with Evelyne (April 2016)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 12th June 2016 at 04:01 PM

Evelyne was with us for Easter. Rather than sitting around and licking my Dell-inflicted wounds, I took her to RHS Garden Wisley. The glasshouses were spectacular as always, but we were probably a week or two early for some real spring colours in the gardens. Click here to view this Page



Watts Gallery Artists' Village (March 2016)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 12th June 2016 at 05:22 PM

Watts Gallery, in Compton (not far from Guildford), is dedicated to the work of George Frederic Watts. Now, you can also visit his studios in Limnerslease, the artist's home, a short walk from the gallery. Click here to view this Page



Historic Warwick (March 2015)   
Posted by Richard on Friday 27th May 2016 at 11:10 PM

Adam has been living in Histowick Warwick for six months, but until now our visits had all been fleeting. The main reason for this trip was to support Adam in his first half-marathon, but we took the opportunity to see the sights... Click here to view this Page



The View from The Shard and other activities (December 2013)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 7th August 2014 at 11:42 AM

For our wedding anniversary, Laura and I stayed up in London for a couple of nights at the Premier Inn on Tower Bridge Road. Click here to view this Page



Blatchford Down (August 2013)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 29th August 2013 at 11:18 PM

Making the most of that rarest of occasions, a sunny August Bank Holiday, Laura and I headed for the North Downs. Click here to view this Page



Brookwood Military Cemetery (August 2013)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 11th August 2013 at 06:10 PM

We've been to the Brookwood Military Cemetery on a number of occasions, but this was a first trip for Evelyne. As always, a very peaceful yet poignant experience. Click here to view this Page



Chartwell (August 2013)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 11:14 PM

With Evelyne visiting us for a couple of weeks and Debbie 'in town' for the weekend, we headed over to Churchill's home at Chartwell for the afternoon. Lovely grounds and a very interesting tour of the house - highly recommended. Click here to view this Page



St Alban's Head, Dorset (February 2013)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 10:58 PM

After Mark's audition at Arts University Bournemouth, we headed onto to the Isle of Purbeck for a five mile walk around St Alban's Head - part of Dorset's Jurrasic CoastClick here to view this Page



Whitstable (October 2012)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 10:53 PM

We'd taken Mark to Canterbury for an open day at the University of Kent. On the way back we stopped to look around Whitstable. Click here to view this Page



Sherwood Forest (April 2012)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 24th May 2012 at 10:01 PM

On our way back from Gathering of the Clan, we dropped Adam back at Nottingham Uni. Our route took us past the Sherwood Forest Country Park, so we pulled in. Click here to view this Page



London Tourists (March 2012)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 01:14 PM

Laura and I had tickets for the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy; the weather was so nice, we decided to get into town early and do some touristy stuff. Click here to view this Page



Guildford - The Mount (July 2011)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 12:12 PM

The Mount in Guildford is another of those spots we probably would not have come across but for GeocachingClick here to view this Page



Albury and Silent Pool (April 2011)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 11:53 AM

I love the area around Albury. Silent Pool is a lovely spot and the views from the North Downs are fantastic. Click here to view this Page



Brookwood Country Park (March 2011)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 12:04 PM

Actually, only one photo of the country park - the rest are of the old Brookwood Hospital buildings. Click here to view this Page



Whitmoor Common (December 2010)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 21st December 2010 at 08:30 PM

To mark our 24th Wedding Anniversary, Laura and I had lunch at the Jolly Farmer in Worplesdon, followed by a very frosty walk around Whitmoor Common. Very serene! Click here to view this Page



Wisley once more (April 2010)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 13th June 2010 at 02:12 PM

On Easter Sunday we took our weekend guests to the RHS Gardens at Wisley. Spent a lot of time getting close ups of flowers in the Glasshouse using my 'big lens'. Didn't spend any time recording what I was photographing. One was a cactus. ;-) Click here to view this Page



Historic Guildford (May 2009)   
Posted by Richard on Monday 15th June 2009 at 11:30 PM

We've been to Guildford dozens of times in our thirteen years in Surrey, mostly for the shopping. Until this week, I didn't even know there was a castle! Click here to view this Page



Brookwood Military Cemetery (May 2009)   
Posted by Richard on Monday 15th June 2009 at 11:29 PM

Another recent first (having lived in the area for over 13 years), a trip to Brookwood Military Cemetery looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Immaculately maintained and very moving when you realise the age of so many of the casualties. Click here to view this Page



Brooklands Museum (April 2009)   
Posted by Richard on Monday 15th June 2009 at 11:19 PM

We've been to the Brooklands Tescos a few times, but it's taken us thirteen years to drive the extra mile to the Brooklands Museum. Must come again! Click here to view this Page



East Head, West Sussex (December 2008)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 30th December 2008 at 11:33 PM

After four days of almost constant eating and drinking over Christmas, Laura and I headed for the coast to walk off a few of those extra calories. Click here to view this Page



Syon Park (December 2008)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 30th December 2008 at 11:18 PM

We stayed the night after the Dell Christmas party by Brentford Lock. Following a bit of a lie in and a substantial breakfast, we took a walk around the gardens of Syon Park, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland. Very nice. Click here to view this Page



Escape to Wisley (October 2008)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 28th October 2008 at 10:46 PM

With the fur flying back at home, Laura and I took the opportunity to escape to the peace and tranquility of RHS Wisley on an absolutely gorgeous autumn day. Click here to view this Page



RHS Garden Wisley (March 2008)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 6th April 2008 at 01:06 PM

Peter, Rachel, Katharine and Anna spent Easter with us, and we thought it would be nice to take them to see the spring flowers at the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Wisley. Nobody said anything about snow! Click here to view this Page



Basingstoke Canal (August 2007)   
Posted by Richard on Saturday 27th October 2007 at 10:02 PM

With Laura in Barcelona for the weekend, we could have gone anywhere ... the Basingstoke Canal was nearest! Click here to view this Page



Basingstoke Canal (August 2005)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 25th August 2005 at 11:56 PM

Our last trek on the Basingstoke Canal was over two years ago, so time to go back ... but this time with pedal power. Amazingly, nobody fell in! Click here to view this Page



The London Eye (August 2004)   
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 17th November 2004 at 12:45 AM

Four years after our first visit, Laura brought Adam and Mark back to the London Eye. This time, Raf was there for the 'flight'. Click here to view this Page



Thorpe Park (August 2003)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 27th November 2003 at 12:07 AM

It took us nearly two months to take Adam on his 11th birthday treat to Thorpe Park, and another three to get the photos on the website. Click here to view this Page



Ski Camp (April 2003)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 29th April 2003 at 12:36 AM

In preparation for our forthcoming vacation to Banff in the Canadian Rockies, Adam and Mark spent three days at the John Nike Leisure Sport Centre in Bracknell learning to ski - I only hope I can keep up with them when the time comes! Click here to view this Page



Basingstoke Canal (April 2003)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 29th April 2003 at 12:36 AM

On Good Friday we took the train from Brookwood (our local station) for one stop to Ash Vale and walked the 6 miles back along the Basingstoke Canal - glorious weather, beautiful scenery and lots of locks! Click here to view this Page



Silent Pool and the North Downs Way (July 2002)   
Posted by Richard on Friday 2nd August 2002 at 10:15 PM

A very pleasant walk from Silent Pool (just off the A25), up the hill to the North Downs Way, westwards to Newlands Corner, and back via Pilgrims' Way ... Click here to view this Page



Chessington World of Adventures (July 2002)   
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 10th July 2002 at 11:57 PM

For Adam's 10th birthday we visited Chessington World of Adventures. The trip was delayed by a week to make way for the World Cup Final. Mark is now planning to come back for his birthday in 2003! Click here to view this Page



Toad Rock (June 2002)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 11th July 2002 at 01:48 AM

Toad Rock, on Rusthall Common near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, was the top place for a Sunday afternoon when I was growing up, but this was my first trip back in 20 years. Still great fun and naturally it proved a winner with the next generation too! Click here to view this Page



Box Hill (June 2002)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 19th June 2008 at 10:31 PM

Where better to go for a nature fix on a June afternoon? Box Hill near Dorking in Surrey - and a free car park for National Trust members! Click here to view this Page



The Devil's Punch Bowl (March 2002)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 9th April 2002 at 12:03 AM

The Devil's Punch Bowl just off the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey is the gateway to the Surrey Hills, with a nice (but pricey!) cafe at the top run by The National TrustClick here to view this Page



Stonehenge (July 2001)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 14th October 2001 at 11:03 PM

The great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge in Wiltshire is one of the wonders of the world - the latest of the monuments date back to 1600 BC. Clothes to be worn at all times, except the midsummer solstice! Click here to view this Page



Legoland Windsor (June 2001)   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 1st January 2002 at 12:00 AM

Mark's 6th birthday treat (on Adam's birthday!) was a trip to Legoland Windsor. A month later and we were back with Liz, Tristan and Matthew. Click here to view this Page



Museum of Kent Life (August 2000)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 14th October 2001 at 10:59 PM

The Museum of Kent Life at Cobtree near Maidstone provides a breath of fresh air. A really good day out - particularly if you're interested in hops ... Click here to view this Page



The Look Out Discovery Centre (August 2000)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 14th October 2001 at 11:00 PM

Not far from home, The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell is a good mix of fun and education. Click here to view this Page



The London Eye (June 2000)   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 14th October 2001 at 11:00 PM

This is the 135m high British Airways London Eye (aka the Millenium Wheel) on the south bank of the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament, on a grey day in June 2000. Click here to view this Page



Natural History Museum (April 2000)   
Posted by Richard on Thursday 19th June 2008 at 10:23 PM

I took Adam and Mark into London to visit the Natural History Museum in the Easter holidays. Always good value! Click here to view this Page


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