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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Hampton Court Gardens

In 1515 Cardinal Wolsey began building a palace to rival the best in Europe. 500 years later Hampton Court Palace is still impressing people from around the world. Best known for being the home of Henry VIII who took over ownership from Wolsey in 1528.
I had a wonderful tour around the Palace but this post is just about the gardens. Come with me and enjoy this feast for the eyes.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Coastal Walk

With my long distance walk fast approaching and fabulous weather I decided my last training walk should be by the sea. I parked the car just outside the fishing village of Whitstable and set off for Herne Bay which would be a round trip of about 10 miles.

Lots of beach huts looking out to sea.

This group were set up for a day's fishing.

You find lots of empty oyster shells amongst the pebbles

I wonder how long it took the culprit to scratch off the word.
Mobile homes with a sea view.

A wind farm in the distance providing some renewable energy but not great views.

Jet skiers are only allowed in this one small area.

Herne Bay is very different to Whitstable with its amusement arcades, ice cream shops and fun fair.

I was enjoying the walk and weather so much I decided to continue walking to the next small village of Reculver.

It was a fabulous walk but a big mistake not to stick to my original plan. I was not wearing the correct footwear for a long walk. It was 8 miles to Reculver but of course I needed to walk back to get to my car. By the time I had walked the 16 miles my feet were blistered with some very big blisters (too big for the blister plasters I carry!). I just hope my feet heal in time before I begin the walk next week.