Whitstable: Food, beer and sunshine

The sun sets at Whitstable

Our day out in Whitstable was accompanied by wall-to-wall sunshine and scorching temperatures. If only all our visits to the English seaside were in such glorious weather… On the north Kent coast and long popular with the bucket and spade brigade, Whitstable’s also become a trendy destination for Londoners seeking fine food. The town’s famous […]

Northern Ireland: The Argory   

The Argory

Pondering Northern Ireland, my thoughts are all too often coloured by the Troubles. It’s easy for me to forget that life went on despite the bombs, shootings and the hectoring background noise of politicians that filled my formative years. It’s weird to think that the National Trust was busy there despite all that trouble, doing […]

Hunting ancestors in Northern Ireland   

The countryside around Donaghmore

It’s a lot easier doing family history when home is just miles from where ancestors lived and worked. It’s a little more expensive if they hailed from over the water. In my case, Northern Ireland. Some background: My maternal granddad, Ernest Moore, came from Donaghmore in County Tyrone, just a few miles from the banks of mighty Lough Neagh. […]