A Weekend in South Wales

For my birthday the gf surprised me with a trip to South Wales. And by surprised me, I mean exactly that. I had to leave the house and when I came back from the cinema I feared she’d burnt the house down trying to bake a cake or similar. Instead she gave me a book about hiking in Pembrokeshire. I don’t like surprises. It was hard to swallow that we’d be up and running for 4 days with the dogs by six in the morning the next day without me having any say about packing my bag, because said bag […]

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery in London 3

The Highgate Cemetery in London is easily accessible via the tube. Get off at ‘Archway’ (High Barnet branch of the Northern Line) and then either take a bus (210, 143, 271) for two stops or walk. The walk is only about five minutes long and the stroll through Waterlow Park is definitely worth it. It might even be a great place for a picnic before or after your visit to the cemetery. The cemetery is divided into two sides. The East Cemetery is where Karl Marx is buried. Visitors are allowed to roam freely, and the entrance charge is only […]

Miniature Australian Shepherd

My Experience with an Anxious Dog

Blue is technically a Miniature Australian Shepherd, but he’s not actually miniature. He’s quite tall for the breed. He’s also shedding his fur. I could take up knitting and probably produce at least a jumper a day. Born on the 7th of May, 2008, he’s now 8 years old. He was a handful as a pup, now it’s worse sometimes. I didn’t jump into buying a dog without research. I’ve read more than a dozen books on which breed is right for you, what to do with a puppy, how to mentally stimulate them, how much exercise they need, what […]

meat delivery

Market Porter: Produce from local farms

We love meat. Anyone who knows us, knows that we love good food. We prefer eating out less and instead go to really great restaurants. We also aren’t happy with the meat industry. I mean, you can get a chicken in most UK supermarkets for about £3, something has to be wrong. Terribly wrong. And we don’t like it. The difference in price between cheap meat and the one where you can actually verify how the animal was treated is not enormous, but it’s a lot of money. We decided that we’d cut back on meat, eat more vegetarian dishes […]

St Dunstan in the East

Hidden Gems in London: St Dunstan in the East

London has a few gorgeous hidden gems lost between the vast buildings. Most of them we found by accident, usually whilst geocaching. Others I’ve read about on this thing called the Internet. I’d seen pictures of St Dunstan in the East and I immediately knew I had to check it out. I love gardens and churches; they both often offer romanticism and peace. The remains of St Dunstan in the East can be reached in just a few minutes from either Monument or Tower Hill tube station. We were in the vicinity many times in the last year, but we were […]

cachly app

Geocaching App for iOS: Cachly

Geocaching is still one of our favourite hobbies. Read up on it here if you’ve never heard of it before. Years ago it was almost necessary to own a GPS device to go caching, these days all you need is your phone. Since I’m a bit of a gadget person I’ve been trying out the various apps that are out there and most are not that good, especially not for iOS. I keep hearing good things about c:geo for Android, but I do not possess an Android device. There are two official apps made by Groundspeak. One used to be […]