Archives For March 2013

spring walk

March 27, 2013

The first Sunday in March was a nice day. The sun was out and it was pleasant to say the least. Time to get out of town and get some mud and grass under our feet. We do this occasionally. Not often enough, but every time we do we say we should do it more often.

After some discussion we went to Godstone, parked up and walked through the village and the surrounding area.

I highly recommend the Fancy Free Walks website, not only to get really clear direction for some lovely walks, but also for the sometimes very random historical background information. Without our route last Sunday we would never have known about the history of Godstone and the surrounding area.

It made us look up saltpeter and gunpowder when we got home and it told a lovely story about a local pirate and his untimely end.

Adding a story to the experience made it even more enjoyable. What started as a Sunday walk in very early spring weather, turned into a fun afternoon looking for clues in the landscape. We located the site where the gunpowder factory had stood and looked up the gravestone with the skull and cross bone where the local pirate was finally laid to rest.

Never underestimate the power of a good story. Never dismiss the person who goes through the trouble of looking it all up and sharing it with you.

And Mrs Stiksma got to chat to some ponies and that’s always a good thing.

After lots of research, I’ve found a look for the scenic routes pages that I like. So here is the rather plainly named ‘standard’ theme. What I really like about it is that it’s clean, crisp and simple and scales smoothly across all formats. Bit sad I know, but there you go.

Still haven’t found a better description than ‘blog’, so maybe that will just have to do for now.

new website

March 21, 2013

Today, the new website of The Scenic Route went live online at The new look had been up for a while, but was missing some of the more elegant navigation functions, which are now all there and working. Nothing fancy, but it’s nice to have it look decent again.

Now it’s time to concentrate on getting these pages up to date. And decide on a theme for this section of the site.

I can’t bring myself to calling it a blog. Never really liked the word. A newsletter maybe? Or a magazine? We’ll have to work on that.

to the I75

March 21, 2013

Route 1: Driving from Billy’s Swamp Safari to the I75, Everglades, Florida, USA.

Alan Partridge interviewing a Formula One racing driver asks: “What’s your favorite motorway?”


As a sort of tribute, I’ll add some of my favorite motorways and other routes as time goes by.

Everything is essentially the same size. Some things are just further away.

what is this?

March 21, 2013

scenic thoughts, observations and journeys for the purpose of sharing a passion and (let’s be honest) shameless self promotion

I am not entirely sure what this is going to become, but we’ll see as we go along. I’ll start with stories from years gone by, recent routes travelled, ideas and new thoughts around work, life and home renovation.

The stuff that keeps me occupied most of the time. I sometimes even call it work.

Hopefully, Scenic Routes will be a growing collections of journey snippets. A scrapbook of my attempts to make sense of life, I guess.

the plunge

March 21, 2013

You have to start somewhere. And to do that, there has to be a first time. So I guess this is it.


Plunge taken.


Swimming is the only option.