Uphill Estuary Weston Bay Somerset A special place

A perfect morning as we look over the Axe Estuary from Uphill Nature Reserve. The path leads around to the boatyard from her at the Axe Estuary at the end of the beach at Weston Super Mare Somerset England. The land that gets the tidal flow over it is rich in wild flowers and especiallyContinue reading “Uphill Estuary Weston Bay Somerset A special place”

Hôtel Restaurant les Templiers Collioure France

On this mild clear evening the sun is going down, the scene is enlightened by the lights of the harbour front cafés and bars and the spot lights focused on Collioure’s church, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, a former converted lighthouse. There is of course in this gorgeous setting the natural moonlight sparkling on the sea and reflected onContinue reading “Hôtel Restaurant les Templiers Collioure France”

Beautiful City of Wells Somerset

A medieval palace that has been the residence of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years. The first bishop obtained a crown licence for constructing this grand home and deer park. Within the fortified Bishops Palace walls are the ruin of the Great Hall, the Bishop’s private chapel. There are also 14Continue reading “Beautiful City of Wells Somerset”

Springtime on the Canal Somerset England

Good Friday brought the most perfect of spring days this year and for us coming out of the first stage of lockdown it was a joy to be out on the canal. The Bridgewater Taunton Canal from Maunsel Lock near North Petherton takes you through some beautiful scenery and the walk as far as CreechContinue reading “Springtime on the Canal Somerset England”

Pont Alexandre III Bridge Paris France – great views on all sides

Please check out my travel books on Amazon – enjoy France from your armchair until we can fully travel again. Looking forward to travelling again soon. Thank you and hope everyone keeps safe. – Merci Neal One cannot fail to be impressed whether admiring from the banks of the Seine or walking over this wonderfulContinue reading “Pont Alexandre III Bridge Paris France – great views on all sides”

Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery

John Richard Parker or Johnny Parker to give him his footballing or soccer playing name was my great grandfather. I knew him as a rather dapper gentleman, never appearing without a tie or his walking cane. He had a presence, a man who filled the room even though he was in his late 80’s whenContinue reading “Football Star in Victorian Lancashire, a tragedy and a mystery”

Quayside at Granville Port Normandy France

Please check out my travel books on Amazon – enjoy France from your armchair until we can fully travel again. Looking forward to travelling again soon. Thank you and hope everyone keeps safe. Normandy will be next on my list of writings and I will publish some extracts from my forthcoming new book over theContinue reading “Quayside at Granville Port Normandy France”