Monthly Archives: July 2017

Scottish Beaches

When I think of Scotland, I think: rugged mountains, whisky without the ‘e’, men in kilts, haggis and ‘neeps’, Robbie Burns, Highland cows.  I don’t think ‘beaches.’ I’d be wrong. On our first night in Scotland, we stayed in Dornoch, which is on the east coast, a few miles down the road from the Glenmorangie …

The Jurassic Coast

No, the Jurassic Coast is not a theme park in which hundreds of dinosaurs come to life and terrorize Jeff Goldblum. It’s a 95-mile stretch of English Channel coastline, located in Dorset and East Devon.  It’s a World Heritage Site because coastal erosion has exposed millions of fossils from three geological periods, including the Jurassic …

Writers and Warships

Two of my favourite writers are Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.  I traded Julian a visit to their houses for a trip to the Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth.  Two days, 3 ships, 2 museums and a boat-shed later, I think Julian got the better part of the deal. Austen’s house is located in Chawton, Hampshire. …

Chalk Figures

In south-west England, large swaths of chalkstone lie under the soil.  For millenia, people have cut out large figures by digging trenches to reveal the underlying chalk.  The chalk contrasts with the surrounding grass, which makes the figures stand out.  Because they’re cut into the hillsides, these figures are difficult to see from the ground, …