Blenheim – The Grand Old Dukes of Marlborough, Part I

In a town along the Danube, in the depth of Bavaria, a man scrawls a note on the back of a tavern bill. It says “I have not time to […]

Sonning to Reading – Back to Prose and Reading

Having made it from Shiplake to Lower Shiplake, I must now get to Reading, my nearest station at 4 miles away. But I’m not complaining, as it promises to be […]

Ship Lake to Sonning – Simply Poetry By The River

To follow in his steps, and write in rhyme perhaps, his poems are inspiring, my trip not least exciting, for I am now in paradise, In less than 60 minutes […]

Claygate – The Clay Beneath My Feet

I arrive in Claygate, and with that into the exciting world of clay. London Clay, as the name implies, lies underneath much of London. Where it transitions into the sandier […]

Ashtead – Get Me to the Hall on Time

I hadn’t even heard of Ashtead until a fortnight ago. I’m here because of an invitation to a Malaysian feast, in aid of charity and to celebrate Eid. Lunch is […]

Harrow – Rayner’s Lane To Ickenham Through Willow Trees

The willow tree is my idea of a gardener’s dream plant. By simply sticking a twig in the ground, a tree will grow. It’s also where aspirin was derived from. […]

Holland Park – Party in the Park

My mission the other day to discover the Dutch origins of Holland Park got no further than spotting some tulips in pots and gardens. Pretty as they were, they weren’t […]

Holland Park – A Fashionable Neighbourhood

Living just down the road from Holland Park, it has always intrigued me as to why this little corner of London has a name synonymous with the Netherlands, which I […]