BLOOD ON MY BOOTS…..MURDER ALONG THE THAMES!

BLOOD ON MY BOOTS.....MURDER ALONG THE THAMES!

                Blood On My Boots was one of the titles I considered for my book on the Thames Path. I love social history , especially murder mysteries,  and  many bodies  have  ended up in the  river.   The  book was

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BATHING IN THE BUFF AT BADEN-BADEN

BATHING IN THE BUFF AT BADEN-BADEN

BARING IT ALL IN THE BLACK FOREST While visiting the Black Forest my partner Rob and I discover there is more to the region than chocolate cake and cuckoo clocks. Our apartment is owned by the Klumpp family, who are as sturdily hearty as their name suggests.

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Caves – The Inside Story of Tasmania

Caves - The Inside Story of Tasmania

 A TOUR OF TASMANIA VIA ITS MAGICAL CAVES After an absence of many years, my partner Rob and I returned to Tasmania, where we both grew up. While we were staying on the North West Coast we went to see Gunns Plains caves. My first visit was

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Hooray for Harrogate 2014!

Hooray for Harrogate 2014!

Harrogate  means a whole lot of things, but especially Bettys Bakery and Agatha Christie. My friends call me Miss Marple , so it’s no surprise that I went to Harrogate recently  on a pilgrimage to the Old Swan Hotel.  Agatha Christie sought refuge here during a  personal

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SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

For many years my partner Rob and I travelled around the UK  staying  in Bed & Breakfasts.   Some were absolutely  charming, with equally charming hosts. Others were….well pretty awful  (read ‘Unravelling With My Aunt’  on this website and you will get the picture). But as  we both

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The SWEET LIFE, A CONFECTIONARY TOUR OF ENGzlAND.

The SWEET LIFE, A CONFECTIONARY TOUR OF ENGzlAND.

  Hello from Editor Des and some English friends Well I have been traveling around England and OH MY WORD, I do like all the lollies here. I have to remember to call them sweets though, because English  people think lollies are only  on sticks! I thought

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FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

OLD MEMORIES LINGER! I grew up on a hilltop farm in Tasmania….next stop ANTARCTICA!  In winter,  biting  winds and sleet often prompted my  father’s diary entries to  begin, “Very rough day!”  No wonder we appreciated  my mother’s  ‘comfort  cooking’ ; rabbit pies,  rich beef stews, pastries  and

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MUSEE LA PISCINE AT ROUBAIX

 MUSEE LA PISCINE AT ROUBAIX

Hello.  Here is the  first article from my trip to Lille, in northern France. Pauline Conolly helped me, but not very much. Dr Bob Conolly  took the photographs.  I hope you like our work. Editor Des.  xxx IN THE BEGINNING In 1932 an architect from Lille called

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TRIALS OF TRAVEL

TRIALS OF TRAVEL

Australians have always been enthusiastic travelers.  Sadly, ‘grey nomad’  caravanners and thousands of cruise passengers are now experiencing very difficult times. I was reflecting on this, and the fact that travel is not always pleasant.  The word derives from the medieval Latin – trepalium;  ‘an instrument of

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REDISCOVERING HISTORIC SYDNEY

REDISCOVERING  HISTORIC SYDNEY

I spend most my life buried away in the Blue Mountains…and I don’t even eat gum leaves!  However,  Pauline Conolly, (my guardian and employer) took me on a little tour of Sydney recently.  She wrote a story about it, but I had to cross out  lots of

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