The Jurassic Coast

Dorset, the county made famous by the works of Thomas Hardy holds many pleasant childhood memories from Uploders village and the surrounding area of Bridport for my girlfriend.

Our time was spent sampling local cuisine after the warmest of welcomes at the Askerswell family run pub, The Spyway Inn, a supposedly haunted smugglers Inn, dating from 1745. This was followed by a trip to West Bay (situated on the Jurassic coast world heritage site) which was perfect for long walks above the golden sandstone cliffs.

The rest of our time was spent exploring the quirky coastal town of Lyme Regis, nick-named ‘the pearl of Dorset’, well known for the fossils found along the cliffs of the Jurassic coastline.

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Norfolk and Suffolk

If it is peace and tranquility you are looking for and some beautiful countryside you will not be disappointed with the counties of Norfolk, which hosts some of Britain’s finest beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty and Suffolk, noted for having been the home to two of England’s best regarded painters, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.

On our trip we were fortunate with the summer sun which made the experience of visiting Snape Maltings (famously created in 1948 by the resident and acclaimed composer Benjamin Britten) and the fashionable seaside town of Aldeburgh, a popular weekend destination, now much loved by visiting Londoners (with second homes making up roughly a third of its residential property).

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Snape Maltings, Suffolk

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Road Cycling Championships 2013

By pure coincidence as it goes, I happened to be in the right place at the right time to be part of one of the toughest sports in the world – road cycling! The Slovakia and Czech National Road Cycling Championships 2013 is an annual four day event consisting of time trials and finishes with a 198km road race round beautifully picturesque towns and villages in Slovakia. The race was won by the one and only Peter Sagan a pro-cyclist, a member of the Liquigas Cannondale Team and a true champion in the making.

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Kemp Town Carnival 2013, Brighton

The 2013 Kemp Town Carnival once again did not disappoint and came with the much awaited signs that a summer of sorts could be arriving in the UK. So on the 1st June hoards of people turned out to the Kemp Town Village to celebrate what is undoubtedly one of Brighton’s largest community events.

Much of our time was spent at the Bristol Bar Jazz Stage listening to the amazing music from bands such as Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Bristol Bar Quintet, E.M.E and Bristol Bar Jam. It must be said, there really was something to please all of the family whether it was the custard pie fight, live music, children’s entertainment, street theatre, dance displays, musicians or just enjoying a plain old fashioned Pimm’s or beer in the sun…

The quirky, good natured atmosphere of Kemp Town and the celebrations of children, dogs and adults alike the Brighton way…

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From Goa to Mumbai

When skies are grey and snow flurries causing chaos on the ground, there is nothing better than escaping away somewhere nice and hot to feel the sun against your skin and the lovely sea air wrap around you like a warm hug. We recently spent a couple of weeks in India, starting off on the sandy beaches of Goa and finishing off in Mumbai with a four day wedding in between, which was truly an interesting experience. India – spiritual and probably the world’s most multidimensional and diverse country which has a lot to offer but you will need more time to fully experience it…

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Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon when we set off for our road trip to Bristol, for the 34th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which is apparently Europe’s largest annual Hot Air Balloon event. With almost 250,000 visitors on Saturday alone it most definitely felt like it!

With a night stopover just outside Bath, having left it late booking a B&B it turned out to be almost impossible to get any decent accommodation within 20 miles of Bristol! Just as well though as we came across this gem of a cottage in beautiful countryside – many thanks to lovely Angela and Chris for their warm hospitality even though it was such a brief stay.

Very early on Saturday morning, when most people are turning over in their beds and dreaming of the impossible, we set off for Bristol aiming to get there by 6am for our hot air balloon flight. Unfortunately this didn’t happen for us or the hundred or so people who were booked for sightseeing flights due to high winds up at 2000ft, even though on the ground it was very calm and windless with a clear sky. It turns out that hot air ballooning is a very complex operation, with the weather, mostly winds, being the main factor. The exhibitor’s flights still went ahead though as planned. Despite a little disappointment it turned out to be a great day that was finished off with the famous ‘Night Glow’ where around 20 or so balloons were glowing in time to music – quite spectacular, followed by fireworks!



















































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A short video from the day…

With a great and needless to say long day behind us we set off for a 3 hour night drive back to Brighton – getting home and crashing out in bed never felt this good, even though it was almost sunrise :-)!


Kitesurfing in Brighton

It was one of those weeks when the wind was howling nonstop for days on end. So late one Friday afternoon after a hard day at work we decided to head to the coast and take advantage of this wonderful British summer weather with our cameras! Strong winds whipped at our faces and spray puffed off the ocean waves – perfect conditions for kitesurfing in Brighton. We watched as the hard-core surfers battled the blustery winds to prepare their colourful kites before braving the cold waters of the English Channel. What a shame the sea wasn’t turquoise blue and the beach wasn’t covered with beautiful girls in bikinis… perhaps another time, another place miles away from here.

With so much fun and excitement we decided to come back the following day. So very early on Saturday morning we returned to the seafront but this time round with much warmer clothes on. The sky was blue with some white puffy clouds on the horizon. With the winds still strong, once again the adrenaline driven kite surfers were out and about tackling what the rough seas of the English Channel had to offer. As they sped across the water in front of the striking backdrop of the derelict West pier and with plenty of shots in the bag we decided to head back home.

So here goes, a compilation of some of the shots taken over two days at a very windy Brighton and Hove beach, although the photos really don’t do it justice!

With gusts well over 40mph, needless to say that by the time we got home, we felt like we had just gone through a tumble dryer… on a cold setting that is!