"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on January 2, 2016 by Sioux under General
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It was time to get the old grey matter dusted off again as I headed to Tonbridge, a beautiful city about 56kms (35 miles) from London, to the 3-day course I would do in preparation for my new career as a live-in carer.

Tonbridge is steeped in history, with some of the buildings and pubs dating back hundreds of years! Cellar doors on pavements, old buildings, and the incredible beauty that comes

with a lot of English country

towns.

 

There was a load of exploring

to do!    

During my lunch time breaks and at night, I headed for the town, taking in as much as I could in the sort time I was there. I was chased out of the local school grounds while I was taking photos, the teacher/master that sent me packing quoting “Child protection act and all, you know” as I protested that I was only photographing the buildings!! But I left, I didn’t need any trouble. Besides which, he didn’t realise I had already gotten the photos I wanted.

The local castle, a beautiful structure dating back to the 11th century is still in very good condition.

 

I could feel history in the air as I walked through the grounds.

Reflections on the River Medway at night were stunning. Such a peaceful area to walk in.

There was a quaint little pub over the road from the carer house, and it was here I relaxed at night, watching football (when there was a game) and even being brave enough to test out the mulled wine one very wet & cold evening.

On the way back to the station after my course, I had fun photographing some of the shop names whilst walking down the road, some quirky, others simple, yet clever.

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I never got to visit a church I had seen, which was just off the main road or ‘High Road’ as most main roads are known here. It will mean a return visit, but that’s fine, I’ll be back again at some stage.

 

3 responses to “Back to school”

  1. Chez says:

    Thank you for all this interesting info i love the “Slug and Lettuce” he he i wish you all the best with your training etc. Chez x x

  2. diane says:

    hi…the school story still makes me laugh.xx

  3. Cindy says:

    super photos. yes Tonbridge is quite amazing. the River Medway flows all the way to Rochester and thence to the Thames Estuary. I may just hop on a row boat one day a see how it goes from Tonbridge to Rochester….probably end up in the English Channel LO

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