Our blogs

For the past couple of years we have written a blog on our bigger holidays to save a fortune on postcards and to give the folks at home a preview of the boring stories we will tell on our return.

The blogs so far are listed below (latest at the top), just click on the picture to view them.  At the bottom of this page are a few notes to explain a little about their background.

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Our latest trip - La Palma

John visited La Palma last year on the Old Boys walking holiday, he enjoyed it so much he put it on the list of places to go.

Outer Hebrides - 2019

Driving round the Outer Hebridies in the yellow peril

Boating in Majorca - 2019

A week living it up in the sunshine.

Canal du Midi - 2019

Four weeks of sunshine, good food and wine - we hope


A bit of Culture - 2019

A week of museums and art galleries

Sicily - 2018

A couple of weeks in Sicily. 

Everest Base Camp (nearly) - 2018

John's short walk in Nepal.

Lunches in Shrewsbury - 2019

Where to have lunch in Shrewsbury, thirty reviews of places to eat

Chile - 2019

Gill and John go South

Tanzania - 2013

A very nice trip around Tanzania. This blog is being reconstructed from a blog posted on blog.com at the time.

Gill & John go East - 2014

An overland journey from Shropshire to China.

A Big Pond in Africa -2016

Gill and John's trip to Malawi.

The Canary Islands - 2017

Tenerife and Grand Canaria 

A few notes about the blogs

All these blogs were written whilst we were on holiday, more often than not in the early evening before we have dinner. The routine is we copy all the days photographs from our cameras onto a PC as a precaution against losing them and also so we can see them on a bigger screen. I then write up my diary so we can remember what we have done once we are back home as well as recording any interesting items before they are forgotten. This is particularly important on the longer 4,5 or 6 week holidays. Once that is complete I write the blog which is normally a summary of the above hopefully in a light humoured way.

The first blog I did was in 2013 when we visited Tanzania and it was on a platform called blog.com. The snag was we had to have internet connection whilst writing it. As our next big holiday included long periods on the Trans Siberian train I moved to an application called Travelpod which could be run on a PC or iPad and then uploaded to the web.

It worked really well so this is what we used from then until one awful day when Travelpod sent an email out saying they had been bought by Tripadvisor who were then going to close the site down and we would all lose our blogs. Up until then I was fairly relaxed about my blogs but now I became very possessive (and furious). Fortunately a Saint called Ryan was also affected and he quickly wrote a programme called Travelark which allowed all the users to copy all our blogs onto his site before Travelpod closed down. He upgraded his Travelark site over the years so it works in much the same was as Travelpod and for a few holidays I used his system. Blog.com also shut down, no idea why, so my first blog was lost. With this in mind I decided to use a web package that allows me to build the blogs on my own PC and copy them onto my own server space, that way I have full control and backup.

So since January 2019 I have written all our blogs on my own PC using a simple web editing package and as a precaution I have slowly been recreating the old blogs in this new format. I just cut and paste the text from Travelark into the new pages and add the photographs, if I spot an absolute howler in the spelling or grammar I have corrected it otherwise they are just the same ramblings which I wrote at the time. They are not intended to be literary masterpieces, just a record of what I thought at the time. I managed to recreate the Tanzania blog from my diary although I lost quite a few of the observations and jokes that were in the original blog.
I still can’t understand why Tripadvisor would buy a blog site just to close it down, it seems perverse.