That was 2016

2016 Highlights

2016 Highlights. Somehow it’s always easy to remember the plans that went wrong, and the tough parts. Bute here are the highlights of our 2016 year of new travel and interesting places.



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After spending New Year’s eve on a beach at beautiful Magaruque Island, we saw 2016 in on the beach at Vilanculos.
Don’t forget to have a look at the artwork from the Vilanculos trip on


With many work commitments and changes we decided to take a little early March break. We found Nerja, with its interesting town and great beaches in the Mediterranean sun.


Umhlanga Rocks viewed from the beach towards Durban

A view along the beach towards Umhlanga Rocks. The lighthouse is visible to the right of the tower blocks, largely holiday accommodation.
Photos from our Durban Trip, 2016.

Our big trip of the year, which actually has a long story attached, which will be told before too long, was our trip to Durban in South Africa.

The UK

While it’s easy to think of the big trips and escapes, there’s been a lot happening back home.

Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival

This has become an annual favourite. Next year needs to be a night or two away.

Held on the banks of the River Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon this really is a great day out, with boat trips, good food and some music worth staying for.




Brackley Festival of Motorcycling

Brackley Festival of Motorcycling Custom BikesThe annual Brackley festival which brings thousands of motorcycles and leather clad riders to little Brackley.

This year seemed a bit of more of the same from previous years, with many of the same bikes on track. Nevertheless fun for a few hours.




Photo Shoots

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As a club we had a couple of interesting photo shoots at the local lake and at the iconic Chesterton Windmill.





Birmingham German Market

Street DecorationOur little city break “up the road” in Birmingham for the Frankfurt German Market as Christmas got nearer.






A interesting year where my own photography was concerned. Not very productive in terms of photos. Various aspects of our travels forced me to make more use of my mobile phone, building confidence but highlighting the limitations of mobile phone photography. If we are going to travel as we plan to, I will need some lighter and less obtrusive gear – more on that next year.

Heading for 2017

2017 seems to be developing into a lot of UK travel We are expecting guests who have never seen the UK – that could be fun!

There will be a “big” trip later in the year – probably South Africa again.

Other than that, who knows.

Happy New Year from the Hairy 1.

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The Hairy One
Life is a journey. Have fun, eat well and take a camera.

Traveling, normally with my wife, whenever and wherever we can make the opportunities. And of course, with a camera. It goes without saying that if there's good food to be had we'll find it.

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