Delights of the South Coast

Dartmoor Barn and Bridge © 2015 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

Talk to the English about Dorset and Devon and you invariably get the response “it is lovely down there”. After visiting I agree wholeheartedly. The combination of beautiful towns and cities, desolate moors, and picturesque coastline give a variety not … Continue reading

Incredible Iceland

The Aurora in Hofn © 2015 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

The big decision now for Kate’s birthdays are where shall we go to celebrate? Last year we drank port in Portugal and this year we went to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. As the title of our Blog suggests, … Continue reading

New Zealand is a long way but it is worth the trip

Mount Tongariro © 2015 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

After close to two years of writing this blog I finally have a reason to write about a very beautiful little country at the bottom of the world and it just so happens to be where we are from. You … Continue reading

Getting settled and visiting places nearby Cheltenham

Cheltenham Church © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

It has been a couple of busy weeks since we moved into our new flat (apartment to us Kiwis). I forgot how much is involved in moving to a new country (it has been thirty years since I last did … Continue reading

Summer in Somerset

Portishead Sculptures © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

I thought I’d be writing this post from back in New Zealand as we were looking like we were headed home after a rather fruitless couple of months job hunting in the UK. We had our flights back all booked … Continue reading

The Charming Cotswolds

Sunset at Edwards College, South Cerney, England © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

It would be hard to find anywhere in the world with the rural rustic charm of the Cotswolds. Last year we visited Bath and I thought this area of South West England was beautiful but the Cotswolds step things up … Continue reading

The Wild and Wonderful West

Resting on the Cornwall Cliffs © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

In our previous trips to the UK we hadn’t made it to the Southwest of England and Wales, this trip we rectified this serious omission! Let me start by saying Cornwall is a stunning place to visit. The rugged coastline, … Continue reading

Blissful Brighton and the Sunny South Coast

Brighton Pier at night © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

Every so often when travelling you find a place that ticks all the boxes. While the UK has some lovely areas I haven’t found one yet that I felt I could live in. Brighton and surrounds have changed my thinking. … Continue reading

London – big city madness

Storm Clouds and Cranes © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

We decided a while ago that we may not be big city people 🙂 While it is good to go and have a look for a few days (maybe a week for a new place) the smaller places seem to … Continue reading

ANZAC Day on the Western Front

Veterans marching to Menin Gate © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

Anzac Day is a special and emotional day for New Zealanders and Australians. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign (Gallipoli) that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It … Continue reading

A little look around before leaving the Continent

Amazing Lunch © 2014 Tony Calvert. All rights reserved.

We were due to come back to New Zealand in late April but we decided we’d like to stay on this side of the world for a little longer. We always knew a job in the Netherlands without much in … Continue reading

Afscheid van Nederland (Farewell to the Netherlands)

The Hague Sunset © 2014 Kate Calvert. All rights reserved.

As we faced our last few weeks in the Netherlands, we decided to make the most of our time left here enjoying not only what Den Haag had to offer, but also making the most of some cheap train tickets … Continue reading