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Euro Road-trip 2014

We did another long (2,250 miles) road-trip this year after Clare’s 40th – Portsmouth (via the Shaves just before they moved back to Munich) to Bilbao on the two-night car-ferry, then a drive over to Barcelona for a few nights camping and seeing some friends who moved there last year, followed by four nights camping […]

Dorking, Dorset, Exmoor (Devon), Devon!

We made another British road-trip in August. This year we concentrated on the D’s and E’s – namely Dorking (lunch at David & Jenny’s), Dorset (camping at Golden Cap near Lyme Regis), Exmoor (North Devon, staying with Sian & Charles at Emmett’s Grange), and finally South Devon (in a big house near Salcombe).

Camping was […]

Indie Is Five

Indie’s fifth birthday was marked by a pirate party a few days beforehand at The Old Mortuary (Time and Talents) in Bermondsey.

On her actual birthday a few days later we were camping in Dorset with Jo & Alex & Olivia, and April & Paul & Freddie & Arty.   


The climax […]

1974 (surprise)

And so I have become 40. Which was not a surprise.

More of a surprise was a long weekend in Prague, organised by my sister Liz. And I had a surprise for her in turn, which was a broken medial collateral ligament, a knee brace, and a pair of crutches.

My birthday was on a […]

Skiing in the Grand Massif

We went back to Chalet Saint Loup in Samoens for another long weekend’s skiing – we went there three years ago. We went with Gin, Lin, and David. This year the food and chalet were fantastic again, the weather was perfect, and the snow was in great condition. Sally looked after the kids single-handedly (I […]

Euro Road Trip 2013

We’re back from our summer holiday, although some might not include 2015 miles in the car with the kids as a holiday.

It was great.

We got the sleeper car-train from s’ Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands to Livorno in Italy. We had a third-class six-berth compartment for the 20-hour journey. Third-class means […]

All the trees in China

I spent a week in China recently helping on a research project into the effects of global warming. The trip was sponsored by my company Credit Suisse, as part of the Credit Suisse Cares For Climate initiative, and was delivered through the global environment charity Earthwatch and their local research partner the Chinese Academy of […]

Appletreewick Camping

Some photos from our recent camping trip to Mason’s Campsite in Appletreewick, Yorkshire. We hadn’t seen the kids for two weeks due to the Olympics – thanks grandparents!

We spent a day reliving my childhood at Brimham Rocks, and a day contemplating the English character at the Kettlewell Scarecrow […]


We had our summer holiday in half term a few weeks back, in a gîte in central Brittany. We thought it was on a farm, but it turned out to be on a 45-acre Falabella miniature horse stud, specialising particularly in blue-eyed Falabellas. There was also a big turkey roaming around the yard, some poodles […]

May Bank Holiday – Seaside Special

Our planned camping trip with the Elliots was rained off, so we rented an apartment on the beach in East Wittering.

Andrew and Pip dared each other into swimming in the sea during a break in the rain.

We visited possibly the worst tourist attraction in Britain. At one […]