A Bed & Breakfast Visit to Bishopsdale Oast. Kent.

Oust House Bed and Breakfast

I would being doing our little country of England a disfavour, if I didn’t share the delights on offer, just under an hour and a half away from London. In Kent – known as the garden of england.

Bed & Breakfast in Kent

Our stay in the beautiful  B&B, known as Bishopsdale Oast, located on the outskirts of Biddenden, Kent, was delightful from the moment of our arrival. The pink lilies another glorious addition to the wonderful, colourful surroundings. You can see from the photograph above, the beautiful wildflower garden, planted by our hosts, which reminded me of confetti.  Continue reading

Stage 1 of Training to Become a PADI Divemaster

“Four knots on the piece of string, symbolise togetherness and no tomorrow.                                  One knot for each of us. So even if we are apart, we’re together.”                                                          Chloë R Stringer.

Family Travel

Travel with the Strings adventures happen together and separately. As you can see from the words of Chloë Stringer – our daughter. Who is studying to become a PADI Divemaster with Sunshine Divers situated in Chalok Ban Kao, on the beautiful little island of Koh Tao, Thailand




Chloë has been studying the theory the last few days – stepping out on a few fun dives with Sunshine Divers and no doubt eating copious amounts of lovely Burmese cooked, thai food from the little restaurant on the resort. Served up by the wonderful Ny or Aung.

Padi Divermaster training

Finally getting her fins in the water – she has began the physical task of completing the part  of the PADI Divemaster course, she was dreading. The swim test. 800 mtrs with fins, mask and snorkel. 400 mtrs without anything and 15 minutes of treading water.

Padi Divemaster training

Stamina Test: 15 Minute Tred.

PADI Divemaster training

Can’t wait to find out what’s next involved!

If you’d like to learn to dive on Koh Tao with Sunshine Divers. Read my interview with Natalie Hunt, Sunshine Course Director (the only female on the island to achieve this rank) Or Check out Kim Van Winkle –  Sunshine Divers PADI Master Instructor.

Learning to Scuba Dive on Koh Tao, was a wonderful experience. Making friends with Bear, Joe, Natalie, Ny, Aung, Chris and the others really brought to life this wonderful little island. It’s really nice to return somewhere and see the smiling faces of those friends made, who are pleased to see you.

Where did you learn to scuba dive or would you like to learn?

As always,

I’d love to know your thoughts…

In Honour of the Fallen

Military Cemeteries

It’s funny how some days you plan to go to a certain place to visit and in the process, find somewhere else, that you had no clue was there.

This was what happened to Vince and me yesterday. Visiting Cambridge for work purposes and deciding to spend some time in the historic university town on our way home. We exited at junction 13 of the M11 to arrive at our destination close by. Imagine our surprise as we turned the bend and into sight came The Cambridge American Cemetery. Continue reading

Would You Like to Become a Shark Advocate?

Have you ever wondered if Sharks make friends?

Why not ask one Woman inspirational zone – Jillian Morris (who has just finished a 24 day shoot working with the BBC. ) Jillian is an Underwater Videographer, Marine Biologist, Scuba Instructor and Shark Advocate. Living on Bimini Island, home to the world famous Bimini Sharklab.

Jillian Morris

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