A Proposal

I have been very busy this last month and car shopping has dominated most of my free time, but there was also something else I did a few weeks ago which has made me extra busy and not able to write anything; I asked my partner to marry me! You’ll be happy to know she said yes!

She had gone to visit her mum for the weekend and I used car shopping as an excuse not to join her. Secretly though, I used the time to go ring shopping, but I’ll talk about that another time. Continue reading

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Car Shopping

Travels from Overend Ford FocusAt the start of the month I wrote about my beloved Ford Focus and how it was time for me to part ways with it. I waved goodbye to it on Friday 10th March as it left my life, quite unceremoniously, on the back of a flatbed on its way to the scrapyard. I got a whopping £68 for it which, believe it or not, was £50 more than one offer I’d been given!

I’d made the decision to take my time buying a new(ish) car and use the Lotus to get around in the meantime. On Monday 13th March, the Lotus broke down (lots of trouble…). The starter motor had seized and it is still sat in the garage waiting for me to replace it. This gave me a dilemma. In the space of a weekend I had gone from two cars to none. Getting the bus to work wasn’t really an option as I would need to get three of them every morning and it would be a ninety minute commute. My only alternative was to cycle to work. Continue reading

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My Ford Focus

travels-from-overend-ford-focus-frontHello, and welcome to the 1st of March! I can’t believe how quickly the year is flying by, and on reflection, how fast life seems to be travelling! Normally I would use the first of the month to tell you what the upcoming month has in store in terms of the blog, but today, the date is a bit more significant. My blog has the tagline ‘Travels with and without a Lotus’, and although I have driven three-hundred miles in the Elise today, it is my other car that I want to talk about. The car in question is my silver Ford Focus and unfortunately, today is the day I had to SORN it because of a major MOT failure. Well, four major failures if I’m honest.

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Friday Fancy – Pyramids of Giza


Great Pyramid at Giza courtesy of Google Maps


Holy great pyramids of Giza! I have never been to Africa and therefore, never seen the pyramids in Egypt (or anywhere in fact). I would love to visit them and marvel at their grandness as they tower ever so high, gaining a stiff neck in the process! Who wouldn’t?

The Great Pyramid at Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and it’s easy to understand why when you see the photos of it. I suppose my fascination of pyramids comes from all of those primary school projects and the endless times I have completed Tomb Raider over the years! Continue reading

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Friday Fancy – Portmeirion


Portmeirion courtesy of Google Maps

To say I lived in Wales for five years, I never visited much of the place whilst I was there. I studied in Swansea and the furthest I ventured was Worm’s Head on the Gower Peninsula. A few day trips to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for a rugby match or a concert were among a few other excursions, but when you’re a poor student with no car, exploration isn’t high on the agenda! As a result, there are a few places in Wales I want to get to and hopefully, in the upcoming months, I might be able to cross some of these off my to-do list. One of those places is Portmeirion.

Portmeirion is, according to my guidebook, a bizarre little village that was purpose built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It is a mixture of building styles and designs from around the world where most of the buildings have been painted in bright colours, giving the impression that the village has been lifted from a fairy-tale. I want to see it!

One of Portmeirion’s claims to fame is that it was the set for the 1960s television series, ‘The Prisoner’. I never watched the program, but Iron Maiden wrote a song about it on their ‘Number of the Beast’ album. The place is also famous for its flowered pottery, but I don’t think Iron Maiden wrote a song about that.

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It’s a Small World

Whenever I bump into someone I know on my travels, I’m met with the question ‘What are the chances of that happening?’ I’ve been asked that question on quite a few occasions over the years, so I would say quite high! Let me give you some examples… Continue reading

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Dry Tortugas

travels-from-overend-dry-tortugas-fort-jefferson-7There’s a National Park in America that is 98% underwater. It is the home of Fort Jefferson and is situated two and a half hours away from Key West (via boat). The park in question is Dry Tortugas and it is situated on the end of the Florida Straits. If you like your fortified buildings and marine life, it is definitely worth a look. Continue reading

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