Bateman’s: The home of Rudyard Kipling

In May this year we had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it (anoth­er) writer’s home about 20 miles from daugh­ter Joan­ne’s home town of Tun­bridge Wells in South East Eng­land.  It’s yet anoth­er Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty and the for­mer home of the famous writer, Rud­yard Kipling. 

The link above takes you to the Wikipedia entry for Rud­yard Kipling where it can be seen he was born in India and moved to the UK when he was 5 years old.  He always had a love of India and wrote sev­er­al books and poems about the country.

Bate­man’s is an old sand­stone house, sur­round­ed by gar­dens, farm­land and rolling coun­try­side.  An amaz­ing place to be a cre­ative writer.  In the pho­tos below you can see his study; an amaz­ing­ly relax­ing place to be cre­ative I would have thought.  It also helps that he had loads of cash😄

Adventures & Learning Travel

Scotney Castle, England

Scot­ney Cas­tle is locat­ed near Tun­bridge Wells in the South of Eng­land, about 10 miles from daugh­ter Joan­ne’s place.

It’s yet anoth­er amaz­ing Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty with sump­tu­ous tea room/restaurant, amaz­ing main house & cas­tle ruins, and exten­sive gardens/grounds (780 acres) for walk­ing and hiking.

We spent a great after­noon there recent­ly on our UK trip and below are some of our pho­tos which don’t do jus­tice to the stun­ning bush­es, flow­ers and vistas.


York and Yorkminster

On our recent trip to the UK we had the chance to stay overnight in York where nei­ther of us had been.  It’s in the north of Eng­land near­er the East side of the coun­try.  We drove over the Pen­nines from the West en route down from Scot­land; great fun as you have some ele­va­tion gain as well as loads of sheep and moors to look at.

York is a great town which real­ly deserves a two night stay at least to see all it has to offer.  For­tu­nate­ly we were stay­ing only a mile or so from the town cen­tre and were able to walk to see the sights, in par­tic­u­lar, York­min­ster, the cathe­dral which rivals any­thing we’ve seen any­where.  As usu­al we did man­age to get lost on our way back to our digs, but found our way with help from some friend­ly locals😀.

A few pho­tos below:



Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

En route back from Scot­land to the south of Eng­land we stopped in at Ange­sey Abbey for a look around and some lunch.  It’s a Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty and being mem­bers assures us a free entry and a great restau­rant🍷. (If you are vis­it­ing the UK it’s well worth join­ing since you only need vis­it 6 or so prop­er­ties to get your mon­ey back).

A few pho­tos from the walk around the prop­er­ty.  I’m doing this from my phone while wait­ing for Rita, so there may be a few dupli­cates or errors but I’ll fix these in due course & expand text soon😀



A few photos of Stephen and Betty from England

Below are a few pho­tos of Stephen with Bet­ty, Stephen’s daugh­ter Joan­ne’s love­ly wee dog.  She was loads of fun and when we stayed with Joanne dur­ing our recent trip and we had some great times with her.  We cer­tain­ly miss her lit­tle feet on the floor of a morn­ing or the snuf­fling out­side the bath­room door when tak­ing a shower.



What a thunderstorm

Its 9pm and once again I’m amazed at the accu­ra­cy of the weath­er fore­cast­ing these days.  They hit the arrival of this storm on the mon­ey and it’s a humdinger💥.  Almost con­stant light­en­ing and huge claps of thun­der accom­pa­nied by tor­ren­tial rain.  This is Spring🙀 .

The good news is that we have a sound home and no dam­age around us.  Long may that be the case.  We’re fore­cast to have these storms for anoth­er week or so–hardly seen the sun since we arrived back😓.

Update Tues­day morn­ing

Good images of the flood­ing here.

Phew what a night.  The rain and thun­der last­ed until about 3am and we had 10.5″ of rain here at home.  Hous­ton is under water this morn­ing and every­one is being told to stay home.  Unfor­tu­nate­ly many homes are flood­ed and loads of free­way under­pass­es are under water.  We lost our hang­ing bas­kets which were ripped off the wall by the storm; should have gone out and res­cued them dur­ing the night I guess😀. 


Emojis in Mac Yosemite

In case any of you have won­dered how to insert emo­jis into a doc­u­ment on the Mac I just found out today!

Press ‘cmd+ctrl+space’ and this will bring up an emo­ji picker😀

Pret­ty cool eh?


Ireland votes to bring in gay marriage | Daily Mail Online

No mat­ter your point of view on the top­ic this is amazing!

Cel­e­bra­tions spilled out into Dublin city cen­tre as it became clear that the cam­paign to extend the right to mar­ry to same-sex cou­ples was head­ing for a land­slide victory.

Source: Ire­land votes to bring in gay mar­riage | Dai­ly Mail Online

Adventures & Learning

BBC Sport — Relegation battle: Can Hull repeat escape at Newcastle’s expense?

Tomor­row is the final day of the Pre­mier League sea­son in Eng­land and the final rel­e­ga­tion team will be decid­ed between Hull and New­cas­tle.  Should be a good one to watch.

Hull face Man­ches­ter Unit­ed look­ing to over­haul New­cas­tle and avoid rel­e­ga­tion on the last day of the top-flight season.

Source: BBC Sport — Rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle: Can Hull repeat escape at New­castle’s expense?


Humid gardening😉

 Went out to do up a cou­ple of hang­ing bas­kets and plant some oth­er stuff in the gar­den.  It’s quite warm and over­cast here in the Hous­ton area.  Five min­utes in I was sweat­ing a buck­et!  Not used to doing stuff in the humid­i­ty yet😉

On the plus side plant­i­ng in the ground is a breeze com­pared with the same expe­ri­ence in Ari­zona, where I had to use an elec­tric drill to get a hole dug.  Here it’s quite like back in the UK with a fair amount of clay in the soil.  Easy peasy.

So hope­ful­ly all the plants will take and we’ll soon have some great col­or in the gar­den.  Nice way to start the hol­i­day weekend.
Hope all have a love­ly week­end and some grilling is in the plans😍. We’re going over to son Chris’ tomor­row for bar­bie and swim­ming.  Lovely.