My second great granduncle, Arthur Bramah Diplock, outside his shop in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. How has lockdown been for you?My last blog post was a diary of my family's aborted trip to Morocco. It didn't make sense to write a traveller's guide (as I did with Madeira and Wales) because our trip was, within the first few days, rather more of an adventure … [Read more...] about My family history research led to some truly surprising revelations
Day One We arrive to warmer weather than we anticipated (32degC) and I immediately create havoc outside the airport in Marrakech, refusing to pay 200 Dirhams (20 Euros) for the three mile taxi ride into town. This is eventually reduced to 100 but it's too late, I've spied the bus. The driver appears and starts the engine. Just us and one other passenger. He assures us he's … [Read more...] about Holidaying in a pandemic: A short adventure in Morocco
Getting the short-haul fix City breaks and fortnights in the sun are mainstays of our culture and treated more as a right than a privilege or a luxury. This is made all the more possible by cheap flights on budget, no frills airlines to common destinations. It now costs less to fly from the UK to many parts of Europe than it does to get a train across England, and in some … [Read more...] about Slow travel vs fast tourism: Fly less and see more
On our recent trip to the Isle of Anglesey, or Ynys Môn in Welsh, we were amazed by the number of well preserved ancient historical sites, some dating back thousands of years. The sites are managed by Cadw, the Welsh government’s heritage service, and most are free to visit, and only a short walk from main roads. Three of them are close to the village of Moelfre on the … [Read more...] about Amazing free things to do on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales
What is home education? There are numerous different terms to refer to what happens when children gain an education outside of school: home schooling, unschooling, world schooling, home education (home edding), learning through life, deschooling. Families tend to gravitate to one phrase or another to describe what they are doing. Currently, the UK law states that children … [Read more...] about Home education: Can children learn without school?