Leamington Spa

Royal Leamington Spa is a small spa town located in the midlands, and for a place that only has around 50,000 inhabitants, it sure does well with having a lively town centre. The high street, called The Parade, is littered with shops and pubs, and the side streets that connect to this road contain even more restaurants and cafes.

I moved to the area in September 2014 so I wouldn’t say I’m highly familiar with it, but the vibe I get from the town and from the people is very positive.

Here are some photos I took from today:

Royal Leamington Spa




Cafe 2

Royal Pump Rooms

The Parade

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Baby sister


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Winter Walk

It’s Friday, so I hauled myself out of the office early enough to catch the remaining sunshine. Drove off the main road and into rural Kenilworth for a short walk, and here are three shots I took that I really like.



Gear: Fujifilm X100T, Adobe Lightroom


It’s August already and I have yet to get any sort of confirmation for accommodation in Germany.

The deal is that my company is supposed to find me one from a list of apartments they have in Stuttgart. If there isn’t one available in that company-exclusive list, then I get a choice of opting for private housing. This isn’t ideal: I basically have to write the contract in my name and sort out everything myself, including paying for deposit, monthly rent payments, utilities, etc.

I’d rather take the former option – much less hassle.

It also complicates my preparation slightly as I don’t know if I should bring some of my own furniture from England or leave it.  If I am in the same situation in two weeks then it will truly be a case of panic mode! Let’s hope I get something soon.


Car Boot Sale, England


Spending this heat-filled weekend weather with the family at the east coast of England and stumbled across a car boot sale during a drive. Of course, we didn’t pass the chance on adding more to the endless amount of stuff we have at home.
This post is relevant as I made some (self-proclaimed) splendid purchases which will be taken to my new temporary home in Deutschland, as shown below.
If it is of interest, the four items:
  1. 50p book called ‘Star of the Sea’ about Irish immigrants travelling to New York to escape Ireland’s famine, among other things. Rave reviews it seems, so might be worth a read.
  2. Authentic watercolour painting of Norfolk Broads, painted and signed by a man from the local area. Cost and Value? Certainly seems a lot more than the £1.50 I managed to haggle.
  3. 3 snazzy coasters for just £1.
  4. A new tube of tennis balls for a pound!

All in all, I’d say a pretty good haul. And with still £1 left from my fiver, I treat myself to a nice cone of ice cream on this lovely summer’s day.