Laurence Andrews

Tamar Valley Branch Line

Cornwall has some of the most fantastic branch lines in the UK, at least that’s my view. The lines are quirky, strange, follow some amazing routes and of course have next to no passenger numbers. On a recent trip to Cornwall I seized the opportunity to take a ride on it’s most easterly of branch lines, the Tamar Valley Line.  The Tamar line act... Read more

Lille - A Trip Away

Hot on the heels of our last adventure away we thought it was time for another quick break. Lille is somewhere both of us have travelled though several times, but never stopped. Of course by ‘passing through’ I actually mean whizzing past on a high speed Eurostar train – it’s not like we’ve even seen Lille before. Since the construction of the C... Read more

New York

It’s been a busy few months, my last post was ages ago. Since then two bucket list items have been ticked off and a third is in the pipeline for this year - that’s kind of a big deal. I’ve been putting off writing my blog post about New York because I wanted to make sure I covered off all of the details. However, it doesn’t look like I’m going t... Read more

Quick Trip to Brugge!

I’m a big fan of on the whim travel, but unfortunately it’s inherently difficult; this weekend was different! It was my job to conjure up an activity. After about an hour staring a Google Maps I decided that somewhere in Europe was definitely a good idea. Luckily, the ferries were extra cheap and we already had some funny money in our pockets! ... Read more

New Bucket List Item / 32 - St Helena

My bucket list is going surprisingly well, I’ve been really lucky and have had the opportunity to complete almost 20% of my list in just a few years. I’ve blogged about every item, you can read more by following the links on the Bucket List Page. I’ve decided to start to expand the list; my first addition is to Visit the British Overseas Territo... Read more

Istanbul, Turkey

This was a rather epic trip. It started off fairly normal, I headed over to Heathrow T5 to catch a flight to Istanbul. The flight took off as usual all seemed fine, I set my tablet up to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel and got ready for a spot of breakfast. It got a bit different near the English Channel when the pilot decided to rock the aircraf... Read more

Dry Suit Diver

I’ve got a lot of overtime coming up over the next few weeks and months, so I thought I would get some more diving booked in to have something to look forward to. Turns out I couldn’t do the weekend I was hoping for, but could do this weekend instead. Well, why not. Down to the lake for a second weekend. As you’ll know I did my Open Water in a w... Read more

Open Water Diver

I’m a certified diver! This weekend I  went along to Southern Scuba’s Buckland Lake in Cliffe and completed all of my Open Water dives. It was a fairly nice day but the water was rather cold! Over my four dives I completed all of my skills, many of which I had already practiced in the pool. These included removing and replacing my SCUBA unit at... Read more