Walpole bay tidal pool and silver medal

We spent a large chunk of the weekend in Margate at the East Invictas development gala. Abbie and Harry both got PBs and Harry won the Silver medal for the 200m Freestyle – Brilliant effort  x 2 I hate being inside a pool on a sunny day so afterwards we went to... read more


Last weekend we stayed in a Tipi near Rye for the weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday (40!!!!!!!!!) The weather forecast had been a bit unsettled for the previous few days; so when we were told by the site owner that Tipis are only 90% waterproof we were a bit... read more

Epic trip to London

So our epic trip to London went a bit like this….. 9:30 am – we arrived at the Olympic park, wandered around, dodged the water fountains, tried out the play park and lazed around in the sun on some really cool seats….. 10:15am – We checked in... read more

Bubbles etc…

I borrowed this library book today to get some ideas for Beavers for next term – it has some great suggestions for outdoor activities. I find it is usually a good idea to test them out first on some willing subjects…. (aka Abbie and Harry!) We chose... read more

Easter in the Netherlands

This year we are spreading our wings and being brave and not going back to the same old campsites or countries!! We like France but there are other European countries to visit. I have always enjoyed visiting the Netherlands; the first time I camped there was with the... read more


Life is really busy at the moment and sometimes I think I don’t have time to update my blog. Today was a really busy but really enjoyable day which I spent with my family and my extended family. We all live miles apart – some literally on the other side of... read more

Hythe Ranges

There was a cease fire at the ranges yesterday so we took the opportunity to explore the ‘wildest’ beach in Hythe. You need to check the timetable and double check there is no red flag flying and the range boat is not patrolling; then you are free to walk... read more


It has taken me almost 2 weeks to write this post but I feel it would be wrong not to write about our first camping trip of the season. We are all a bit older and able to handle the cold a bit better so bravely we stayed at WOWO campsite in East Sussex for a night... read more

Waterblog 2014 part 2

Part 2 of last years waterblog…… June 2014 Hythe beach – Watching the red arrows from the SUP Folkestone sunny sands – swimming with sea gooseberries Steve’s first sea swim after his big ops Swimming and SUPing in the Cuckmere Meanders... read more


Today we took advantage of the Eurotunnel £20 return 1/2 term offer and went to France for the morning. Before going to Carrefour and Decathlon we visited a beautiful beach in the seaside town of Wissant. Wissant is located between Les Deux Caps between Calais and... read more

Week in pictures part 1

I have started a new challenge – take one picture a day and at the end of the week add them to the blog (an idea stolen from the BBC and Telegraph – I think!!) So here is my first week in pictures – my week starts on Thursday night when I finish work... read more

From summit to sea part 1

Firstly before anyone accuses me of plagiarism the title of this blog was based on a microadventure described in Alastair Humphreys’ book…… (I love his book!!) One of the highest hills beyond Hythe is Summerhouse hill – at 148m (above sea... read more