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By the Tide of Humber

"Had we but world enough and time,This coyness, Lady, were no crime,We would sit down, and think, which wayTo walk, and pass our long love's day.Thou by the Indian Ganges' sideShould'st rubies find; I by the tideof Humber would complain."Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress We crossed the Humber bridge mid-morning in October, the sun [...]

Out to where the Essex Marsh…

It is always an absolute pleasure to drive through drive through Essex. Despite the popular media image of the county, it is heart-achingly beautiful, with it's pretty little villages with chocolate box thatched cottages. Mrs. P and I, along with a couple of young friends of ours, went touring this much overlooked county last summer. [...]

A Port Without Trade

Kirkcudbright, (or 'Kirkubree') is a very picturesque, small fishing town on the South Coast of Galloway in Scotland. Daniel Defoe, when visiting this area in 1778, described it as: ... a pleasant situation, and yet nothing pleasant to be seen. Here is a harbour without ships, a port without trade, a fishery without nets, a [...]

My old, old home

Nuneaton! The very name is redolent of exotic holidays on sun kissed beaches, laying on fine white coral sand and sipping cocktails beneath tropical sunsets. It is actually quite a pleasant little Midlands town, complete with quirky local museum in a lovely town centre park and a love, bordering on obsession, for their best-known novelist. [...]