Me and my travels

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but the attribution cannot be verified. The quote should not be regarded as authentic. Possibly by H. Jackson Brown’s mother from “P.S. I Love You:” (or possibly not)

Welcome aboard

Hi, I am Jude, the author of Travel Words which is simply a collection of my travel notes and diaries over the years. My working background lies in IT (Software Training, Network Support, Helpdesk Management and ICT  Secondary School Teaching, Examiner, Moderator and Teaching Advisor), but travel has been a major part of my life from a very early age. From being transported in a seat on the front of my father’s bike through the Nottinghamshire countryside as a toddler to hitch-hiking around Europe in my late teens, which is when the wanderlust bug bit hard. I have lived in many different places both here in the UK and abroad, including brief spells working as an Au Pair in Switzerland and in a Hotel in Norway followed by 12 years living in South Africa where I once worked in the Sportsman’s Bar close to the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town. My childhood vision was to emigrate to Australia, but although I came close to it on several occasions I never quite managed to fulfil that particular dream, but thanks to my eldest son who now lives there, I have visited the country on several occasions and consider it my spiritual birthplace.

There have been times of travel drought and times of plenty over the past thirty years and I still enjoy visiting different places, though not necessarily the means of transport required to get me there. As I head into my autumn years the wanderings have become closer to home and I am enjoying exploring the beauty to be found in the UK.

Most of my posts will be factual descriptions of road-trips and places I have visited with recommendations (or not) of accommodation and places to eat / drink. Other posts can be classified as travel writing and will be more descriptive and emotional. They are based on the memories that a certain place or person has left me with. Some posts are simply images or galleries, often responding to a Blog Photo Challenge.

Photography is another of my hobbies. I have a particular passion for flowers though they will not feature too often on here. You can see them on Earth laughs in flowers… where you will find flower portraits and garden portraits. And recently (2016) I have started a blog about Cornwall where I have just moved to. Possibly the last move in my life, but never say never! That blog will only feature posts about the county so if you are interested in Cornwall you might want to follow me there.

I now have the time to reflect on places I have been fortunate to visit and write about them before the memories fade; posts about places will not be in any chronological order except for the road trips.

I hope you enjoy reading about  my tales as much as I have enjoyed the journeys and writing about them. If you have any comments or questions about any of the places I write about then please feel free to do so and I will do my best to respond.



72 thoughts on “Me and my travels”

  1. A couple of weeks ago I was awarded the ‘Seed of Light’ award, which is the brainchild of the hugely talented Blou Leask, a fellow scribe who loves reading and writing as much as I do. It’s my absolute pleasure to pass this award on to you. It’s an award for blogs that inspire creativity, nature, connection, communication and beauty and you can learn more about it from Blou’s blog 360*tree at Congratulations!

  2. Thank you so much for following my blog! I’m usually much better at commenting and checking out other blogs, but I’m trying not to spend too much time on here since I’m traveling. I can’t wait to check out your blog more! Thank you again :).

  3. Now that the dust has somewhat settled I have had more of a chance to read your travel blog and have really enjoyed your posts and your beautiful photography, as well as on your flower blogs! I look forward to reading more, from one traveller to another 🙂

      1. Seems ok today so far, I took a day off yesterday, burnt out with it all! I have emailed Mark yet again though but not heard back. Perhaps things are at long last back to normal, whatever that is! Have a great weekend and keep in touch 🙂 Thanks for all your help & support too with this spam thing, appreciate it.

        1. No worries! I seem to be OK commenting now, but I cannot comment on individual photos within a gallery which I was able to do before this trouble started. Can you do that? You could test one of my gallery photos if you like.
          J xx

        2. I just commented on one of your photos on your photo blog which has gone to moderation as normal. So that seems to be ok. Hopefully you can now do the same. Talking of photos, I like to take a lot of photos too and I use them to illustrate most of my posts but I love how you have a separate blog within a blog to showcase yours.

        3. Thanks Sherri. I shall try again later and see what happens. No big deal I guess.

          I have thousands of photos! And not enough to write about to showcase all of them – I use Postcards to mainly enter general challenges as it makes me dig around in the virtual shoebox, and the flower and urban ones are just stuff I am interested in. Maybe next year I will try to be less random 🙂

  4. Hei Jude,
    I love this this opening Mark Twain quote – I used for a Norfolk seascape some time ago. Thank you so much for visiting The World according to Dina and leading me to your fine blog. I’ll have a look around and certainly come back for more; I’m your new follower!
    Enjoy your stay in beautiful Norfolk, have a great weekend.
    L♥ve from the Rhine Valley

    1. Thanks for stopping by Dina. I will have a better look at your blog once I am home again. Too busy getting out and about at the moment to spend much time on the computer. I have been inspired by your photos so will do my best to capture some of the beauty of North Norfolk in the coming days.
      Jude xx

  5. Hey, Jude! Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking my post which brought me here. I’m inspired by your travel writing. I’m sticking around here for more updates. 🙂

    1. 😳 How did I miss your comment Sylvia? So Sorry to have ignored you, and thanks for coming along with me on my journeys. I hope that you will enjoy the ride 🙂

  6. Personally, I think the new colour works well, without the distracting black border on the left, as before. The whole blog looks brighter, and the eye is immediately drawn into the photos, which is the main point. It will be interesting to see if other followers agree.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  7. I’m looking forward to travelling with you. Oh, how I know about the bite from that wanderlust bug. The itch never goes away.
    (BTW, there’s a song based on that Mark Twain quote on my blog. Only if you’re interested. 🙂 )

    1. Last trip abroad was a couple of years ago – California at the beginning of the year, Lisbon and Slovenia in the summer. Only travelled within the UK since which is very strange for me! And I currently live in the ‘Shires’ – on the border of England and Wales. You’ll find loads of posts of Ludlow on here 🙂

    1. Thanks – and yes the photo was taken from across Table Bay. I love Cape Town – but if you get the chance to read any of my travelogues then you will pick that up 🙂

  8. I’m just delighted to discover your wonderful travel blog, Jude! I’m really looking forward to reading about your adventures and experiences. At the moment, I’m dreaming of visiting the English countryside! Cold, snowy greetings from the Midwest, USA! ♡

  9. I agree about Australia, I never got there (to live) either though I did manage NZ for 10 years. It seems we have a few things in common. Will try and check back here when the internet isn’t playing up so much (I am in China). Looks good so far though, thanks for sharing your world with all of us.

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog. It’s always great to connect with someone from the same area as me! I look forward to exploring more of your blog, it looks like you’ve visited some interesting places. And I may well be joining in with your bench challenge – I always like photographing benches! 🙂

    1. What is it about benches? I started this because of my own obsession, figuring I’d get it out of my system, then discovered there are loads of people who love to photograph a bench!! Please do join in as little or often as you want. The theme changes monthly.

    1. Well I am English born and bred, with a streak of that old colonial exploration inside! We tend to just grit our teeth and get on with it 🙂

      Why/where are you moving to?

      1. I’m moving to Leeds, to live with my fiancé. Long distance relationship are hard, and at one point, someone has to move. Well, it has to be me because my English is better than his French 😉 It’s going to be a new life, I have to search for a new job and hope to make new friends. Sounds a bit scary to be honest 🙂

  11. you’ve got a great blog. I’m glad I just came across your USA Tour (San Diego, Grand Canyon, etc). we’ll soon do a similar tour and your posts are super helpful

    1. Many thanks, I am so glad you found some of my posts helpful. If you have any questions then fire away and I’ll do my best to answer them 🙂

  12. Hey there Jude! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime!

  13. Just spotted the ‘fave five’ in your sidebar and thought ‘oo, what’s in there?’ and do you know I’ve never read this! I knew you’d taught but didn’t realise it was from an IT background. That explains a lot 🙂
    It’s a nicely put together piece, Jude, and it’s nice to know you (even if I’m not one of the blogs you enjoy- not sulking 😦 )

    1. It is a shame that the blog roll only allows a certain number and always from the latest you follow, so all my oldies (THAT MEANS YOU) fall off the end. I suppose I could set up my own links… 😉

        1. Actually, you’re not very useful at all! I’ve spent most of this evening hunting through back folders looking for the spouse on azulejo covered bench in Olhao. Decided I must have deleted it. Much more choosy about which photos I keep these days. 😦

  14. Thanks for liking my Odd Ball photo – it’s great fun to see all the humorous things people happen across. I see you are the person with the bench series that Cee mentioned a few days ago, and I am going today to photograph the special bench of a special friend.
    I will check out more of your intriguing posts!

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