I took this picture when I was heading towards the finish of the Lyke Wake Walk, a traverse of the North Yorkshire Moors in the North of England. 42 miles between the posts and has to be completed inside 24 hours. Little did I know when I took this that I had managed to turn the soles of both feet into one HUGE broken blister… painful but worth it for the many fantastic views.. this is heading down from 450m.
I took this from the resort at Waikaloa, looking towards Mauna Loa – fantastic rainbow
Beautiful sunset taken from the Princeville Resort across Hanalei Bay, love the reflection of the sunset in the clouds.
This was just one of the many ornamental lakes in the 500 acres of the Leeds Castle. The actual castle is built on 2 islands in the middle of a lake.. worth a visit. Love the weeping willows…at the far end, just visible. is the duckery! Leeds Castle is famous for its Black Swans.
Took this from the front of my house in Sandhurst, UK, in September – just thought the sky colours were brilliant….
Well, my daughter failed her theory test by just 2 points (second attempt). Now for those of you outside the UK, Learning to drive goes like this.. there are effectively two things you have to do.. one is pass a computer based test of 50 random questions (the passmark is 43 out of 50) and second, the actual practical driving test. As you would expect from something organised by the government, it COSTS… so.. A theory test is currently £31 per attempt and the actual test itself is something like £50, BUT, you cant apply to take the practical test til you’ve passed the theory. All well and good. Oh and then we have the cost of being taught to drive, which most people will do by a) paying a professional instructor the going rate per hour (currently £25 ish) and b) paying the extortionate price the car insurance companies charge to add learners onto their policies.. in my case the policy went up by 400% per month. So learning to drive in the UK is a MAJOR financial investment and once you pass it just qualifies you to pay even more money to the government (Fuel tax, Road tax).
Now.. the key question.. does it make them better drivers? I suspect the Jury is out .. now of course, people driving need to know about roadsigns, driving in different conditions etc, but I have to say I feel safe taking my daughter out for more practice (I forget she is still learning!). Of course she makes the occasional mistake.. who doesnt.
No – the cynic in me says the government are just using it as a cash cow….
How does it work where you are?
The sand was jet black and very very fine. Very very quiet – well apart from the wind – bit of a walk to get down to the beach but well worth the effort….