Surrey Hills: Truck Art Kurti

Dear Farah,

It’s been a while since we did a 10km hike but it looks like we’ve still got what it takes! And boy was it worth it…

Featured Kurti: Truck Art

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The circular walking route starting at Newland’s Corner near Guildford provided stunning views of the Surrey Hills, windy woodland paths that descended into the valley just enough to provide a challenging but not insurmountable climb back up and the eerie yet tranquil calm of the Silent Pool.

View of the Surrey Hills
View of the Surrey Hills

The highlight for me was definitely stumbling across the church of St.Martha-on-the-hill. I’m so glad you insisted we stick to the trail; I can just imagine many a hiker foregoing the detour and what a great shame that would be as the picturesque church and the view it commands was simply majestic. Wholly appropriate for a church as it oversees its parishioners below.
The Church of St.Martha's - Surrey Hills
The Church of St.Martha’s – Surrey Hills

The weather was glorious, the company even better and the ‘Truck Art’ kurti you were wearing is one of my favourites.

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Cheddar Gorge

Dear Farah,

I was going through the photos of our Easter break to Cheddar Gorge last weekend and was rather taken aback by this pic.

Doesn't this rock look like  a sitting lion?
Doesn’t this rock look like a sitting lion?

Did you notice this rock? Doesn’t it look just like a lion? I’m not sure whether its relaxing or ready to pounce on the unsuspecting tourists below!

Incredibly it is a natural cliff formation, but I’ll let you in on a secret… we’re not the first to have noticed it. Apparently it’s the ‘world-famous’ Lion Rock of Cheddar Gorge. There was even an eponymous tea room on the roadside just below it.

The UK's answer to the Sphinx !
The UK’s answer to the Sphinx !

So what did you think of Cheddar?

I thought the drive into the gorge as approached from across the Mendip Hills was amazing. It is unlike anything I have seen in the UK. This might be a bold comparison but it reminded me of the Canyon Country of south-west USA; the spectacular landscape that stretches across Arizona, Utah and Nevada.

Didn't take my own pick so here's one by Philip N Young
Didn’t take my own pick of the drive into Cheddar Gorge so here’s one by Philip N Young

And as for the little tourist village surrounding the cave entrance, it was also rather delightful and quaint with its tea rooms, artisan shops and stream-side picturesqueness.

Picturesque Cheddar Gorge
Picturesque Cheddar Gorge

The Cheddar Gorge Ticket Office
The Cheddar Gorge Ticket Office

Local craftsmanship
Local craftsmanship

By the way, this is the second time we’ve been to Cheddar and we still didn’t make time to visit the Cheddar Cheese Shop and see how the the famous cheese is made. Hopefully next time!

On entering the caves however, did you notice this? Apparently part of the maturing process now involves storing the cheese inside the caves themselves!

Cheddar Gorge Cheese maturing in the caves!
Notice the blocks of cheese in the background!

And I dont know whether it was just for Easter but the colourful lighting that had been installed within the caves was certainly imparting a mysterious aura to the cavern.
Illuminated staircase in the caves
Illuminated staircase in the caves

Artistic lighting enhancing the mystery of the caves
Artistic lighting enhancing the mystery of the caves

All in all, Cheddar is well worth the trip and I would recommend it to all your friends. It’s a great entry point to drive further into Devon… as of course we did.

Taking in the view over the Mendips, from the top of the gorge
Taking in the view over the Mendips



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Spring Kurti Colours: Magnolia

Dear Farah,

The magnolia have been blossoming which can only mean one thing… Spring is upon us.

This magnificent specimen tree is so abundant in London that one can hardly walk down any ordinary street at this time of year, without finding oneself spellbound by a magnolia in flower.

Magnolia Soulangenea
Magnolia Soulangenea
Magnolia is commonly an early-spring bloomer that triumphantly heralds the close of winter with its sudden burst of colour upon bare wooden branches that have stood lifeless for months.

Common varieties in London include the velvety pink/ purple goblet-shaped flowers of Soulangenea or the white delicate petals of Stellata.

Magnolia Stellata (Star Magnolia)
Magnolia Stellata (Star Magnolia)

If you need more proof, just check out these photos I snapped this morning on the drive into work. There is one particular road which has erupted in a purple haze. It looked so stunning against the clear blue sky.

Lovely Magnolia Tree

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Magnolia Tree

Why don’t we venture forth to Kew Gardens or the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park this weekend to catch their curated displays in bloom.

So what do you think of these ‘Magnolia Blossom’ Kurtis?





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