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Day tripping #3 – Dover Castle – the siege

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Sioux under General

  In 1216, a rebel group of barons had risen against King John and secured themselves in London, where they invited Prince Louis of France, the eldest son of Philip Augustus, to assume the crown. When he landed in England on the 21st May 1216 with John fleeing ahead of him; Canterbury opened its gates […]

Day tripping #2 – Dover and the Castle – history

Posted on February 26, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Dover Castle, a medieval castle founded in the 11th century, has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is also the largest castle in England. The building of the castle was started in 1180 by Henry II, when he demolished an existing castle on the site and […]

Day tripping #1 – Dover Castle – getting there

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Early in August, I joined my sister for a day’s outing to Dover Castle as there were re-enactments of the 1216 Siege of the Castle. Apart from a mad dash at breakneck speed, from one end of Canterbury to the other, in order to get to train to Dover; finding time to stop for […]

Star gazing

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Whilst on a break in between assignments, I spent a few days in Broadstairs with family. Very late one not so hot August night we decided to go star gazing. It was fabulous to be able to walk freely along the beach and promenade.  A suitable spot was selected but due to the amount […]

Just can’t get enough – so much of pretty

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Sioux under General

  During another assignment, I was situated in Brenchley, a village and civil parish in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent. The name is derived from Branca’s Leigh and is located 13km east of Tunbridge Wells.   The view across the village from my bedroom window was stunning. Brenchely has earned historical fame by being one of the villages that was […]

A visit to Down House & the beginning of it all….

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Charles Darwin’s study at Down House, restored with original furniture including his wheeled armchair and writing board.  On the right, two (shuttered) windows look east, and Darwin had an angled mirror fixed outside to see who was coming up the drive to the entrance. Darwin’s greenhouse at Down House where he conducted many of […]

Countryside walkabout

Posted on February 6, 2017 by Sioux under General

  During the assignment, I negotiated a three hour break with the client’s family, which gave me the opportunity to extend my walking distance to almost 6kms, during which I walked through the Hawkwood National Trust area, winding my way down country lanes and through farm fields, finishing up at the Jubilee Country Park & […]

Going underground…. literally

Posted on February 3, 2017 by Sioux under General

  There was a theory that the mines were made by the Druids, Romans and Saxons and this theory was used to give names to the three parts of the caves.   Tour guides point out supposed Druid altars and Roman features. However this is pure speculation as the earliest documented evidence for a chalk […]

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