The Thames Head.

The Thames is one of the most iconic rivers in the world and the longest river entirely in England, the second longest in the UK. Its source is at Thames Head, near Kemble, in a meadow called Trewsbury Mead in the Cotswolds- marked by a headstone.

We made this the first stop in our whistle stop, two night tour of The Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.

We visited at a bit of an iconic moment for the river source. For the first time at least since 1976, apparently ,this source of the Thames has dried up.

Walking further long the Thames path we came to the Sapperton Canal Tunnel and one of five round houses on the Thames and Severn Canal- all former lengthsmen’s cottages built along the canal between Chalford and Lechdale and constructed in the 1790s when the canal was built.

Lengthsmen were responsible for lengths of towpath and, in the absence of a lock-keeper, for the locks. Other duties, included management of water levels, control of weirs, repair and maintenance of banks on their “length”, including cutting reeds and vegetation and treading puddle clay into sections of bank which were leaking or weak.

It was a lovely warm early autumnal afternoon. The hedges were full of berries, the trees bearing fruits nuts and leaves on the turn. A welcoming introduction to our first visit to The Cotswolds.

Brighton v Leicester. Sunday 4th September.

Amex Stadium, Falmer.

“The thing about football
the important thing
about football – is that
it is not just about football.” Terry Pratchett.

A hot Sunday afternoon in September saw a resounding 5-2 win to home team Brighton. Controversial VAR aside, it was uplifting to see old and young, singles and couples and loads of families all united in enjoying the beautiful game.

The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley.

The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


‘The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House… a small private boarding school in deepest Norfolk…’

I love a private school based murder mystery. I always wanted to go to a private school, but my parents seriously let me down…!

Lots of sleuthing, twists and turns- all tying up neatly at the end.



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Eastbourne Airborne 2022.

Eastbourne Airborne made a welcome comeback this year after being cancelled two years running due to Covid.

Airbourne celebrates 28 years of airshow excellence in 2022. Attracting huge crowds, Eastbourne’s International Airshow boasts a 2 mile flying display line along Eastbourne seafront.

Displays for 2022 included the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

I am lucky enough to live in the town so catch this event every year. It’s an annual event which brings locals, day trippers and holiday makers into Eastbourne and a much welcomed lift to the economy and vibrancy of the town.

Photography by Emily Dudley.

Eastbourne Funk and Soul.

The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show came to the Western Lawns at Eastbourne.

He was part of The E-Festival- Eastbourne’s very own ECO and MUSIC festival held over three fabulous summer days July 29-30-31 across the towns most iconic seafront locations. And what a treat it was. Headlining artists were Toploader, the Symphonic Ibiza Orchestra and of course the Craig Charles ‘Funk & Soul Show’

It was also my first experience of bhangra, from the energetic Bhangra Smash Up; a three piece drumming band based in Birmingham and playing all over the UK. Find them on Facebook and TikTok.

Well done Eastbourne E festival for putting on a high quality, professional event.