Down House: The Home of Charles Darwin

I was very impressed with both the house and the gardens, managed by English Heritage (meaning I, as an EH member, got free entry) – With social distancing measures still in place I essentially had most of the rooms to myself. There aren’t many opportunities to stand alone in the study where Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species. Continue reading

First Holiday of the Year: A Long Weekend on the Isle of Wight

Just before the big reopening on 17th May, I hopped on the ferry at Portsmouth to go over to the Isle of Wight for my first weekend away of the year. I enjoyed a 3 night stay in a self-catering cottage just outside Yarmouth. Continue reading