The “Spirits of Winchester” Halloween walking tour with the Cabinet Rooms

Winchester Cathedral was built over 900 years ago. Yet, the grassy land in front of it – the Outer Close – is lacking in gravestones.

It wasn’t always like this – the cathedral cleared the area in the 19th century.

One of the few headstones that survived this cull was that of Thomas Thetcher, also known as the “Hampshire Grenadier”.

Thetcher died in 1764, aged 26.… Read more

A sunny evening stroll around Shaftesbury, Dorset

On Sunday evening, we stopped off for a short while in Shaftesbury on the Dorset/Wiltshire border to take Tilly for a little walk.

We parked in the town’s main car park as the day’s last tourists were jumping on their chartered coaches to head home. Then we made our way through the town, which was bathed in long shadows caused by the rapidly decending sun.… Read more

A walk along the Thames from Marlow to the Flower Pot pub, Aston

With close family in Dorset and Buckinghamshire, Tiff and I are lucky to have lots of nice places to take the dog when we visit them.

When we’re staying with Tiff’s dad in Marlow, we often drive a couple of miles into the Chilterns and then park in Hambleden and make the shortish walk across the bridges at Hambleden Lock and up the hill to the Flower Pots pub.… Read more