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My First Week in London

Well I appear to have survived my first week in London! I have been working between both St Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospitals. I have totally fallen in love with the walk between the two hospitals – Southbank is spectacular, especially at night. It is wonderful to be living so close to so many world-famous landmarks!

Goodbye Swindon, Hello London

I have longer ways to go ūüôā

After three eventful years in Swindon, I finally packed up my possessions and headed for a new adventure in the “big smoke”. I left Swindon on the Thursday morning, from where I headed down the familiar M4/M5 journey down to Dorset where I spent the next few days preparing for the move to London. Over the past twelve months I had spent quite a bit of time trying to minimise my belongings and so found myself with only two suitcases, a rucksack and a drybag to take into the city. After spending the previous seven months living in a teepee in rural Wiltshire, the move to London was certainly going to be a bit of a shock to the system, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! Once again I was able to relate to Jack Kerouac’s “On the road” with the classic line: “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” And with that,¬†¬†I took the 10:06 from Axminster into London Waterloo where I’ll begin the next chapter of the adventure that is life.

A Day out at Paignton Zoo


On Saturday I headed down to Paignton in Devon to spend the day at Paignton Zoo with my brother and his family. We spent a lovely day wandering around the zoo on a beautiful November’s day. William was fascinated by the giraffes and elephant. The animals all looked happy and well cared for, except perhaps the elephant who looked a bit lonely. We ate at a¬†restaurant¬†on site where a peacock was running a muck – much to the delight of the children. When you have a look at the statistics of just how few of some of the most amazing creatures are left in the wild, you begin to realise just what an important role zoos will have to play in the survival of many species. A lovely day out,¬†definitely¬†recommended!

A Week Down In West Dorset

Molly in Champernhayes Forest

On Saturday the 15th of October I headed down to Fishpond Bottom to spend the week at home down in Dorset. I spent the first few days down on the beach with Molly where we participated in several swims in the ocean. The water temperature is beautiful at this time of the year, although you certainly feel the cold in the wind. I probably swallowed a little too much salt water and Molly probably spent too much time retrieving sticks as it took her several hours to stop shivering but we bot thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The rest of the week was spent walking, doing some DIY, and planning my move into the big smoke.

A lovely week – please excuse the rubbish photo that was taken on my phone ūüôā


The 3 Peaks Challenge

Last weekend I took on the three peaks challenge with my friends Hannah and Craig.  The Three peaks are Ben Nevis (1344m РScotland), Scafell Pike (978m РEngland) and Snowdon (1085m РWales). We planned to complete the three peaks on consecutive three days as we did not have a designated driver  (The normal challenge is to complete it in 24 hours). It also gave us time to enjoy the mountains and surrounding areas.

We set off after work on Thursday and drove for three and a half hours (208 miles) up to Lancaster where we stayed at the Holiday Inn. In hindsight we could have driven further and perhaps made it up to Scotland, but it did mean that we got to have a few drinks in the pub.

Setting off at 5 am on Friday Morning we drove for around 5 hours (267 miles) all the way up to Ben Nevis. We parked right next to the Inn. Setting off up the tourist track at 10:10 am, we reached the summit (1344 metres) in 3 hours. Initially the weather was mild, although very windy. The weather took a turn for the worse as we reached the summit, and it continued to rain for the rest of the climb. It took us 2.5 hours to descend back down to the car park. After enjoying a quick celebratory drink at the Ben Nevis Inn before heading along the A82 and A86 to Roy Bridge where we stayed at the Àite Cruinnichidh Hostel.

We were up again at 5am on Saturday morning for a five and a half hour (258 mile) drive down to Scafell Pike where we parked at the North-Eastern end of Wast Water. The ascent of Scafell Pike was a breeze compared to Nevis and the weather was much kinder! Setting off at 10:30, we reached the summit of Scafell Pike (978 meters) in under two hours. After a 15 minute rest at the top, the descent took another hour and a half.

From Scafell Pike we drove for around an hour and a half (45 miles) down to Bowness on Windmere where Hannah had booked us into a rather lush Bed and Breakfast called Fell View. We spent the evening in and around Bowness, eating at an¬†Italian restaraunt, followed by drinks at various pubs around the town and ending up in The Wheelhouse which described itself as the “Lake District’s Premiere nightclub” where somehow we managed to stay out until 3am!

Sunday morning was a late start for obvious reasons. Hannah (who had refrained from drinking) drove for four and a quarter hours (202 miles) to Snowdon. we parked near the A498/A4086 junction as the car park at Gorphwysfa was full. Setting off at 11:30 am we took the Pyg track up to the summit of Snowdon (1085 meters) which took under three hours, before returning down the Miners track. On the descent we watched as the rescue helicopter and mountain rescue teams were called in to assist a walker who had suffered a leg injury. Although drizzly (especially near the summit), Snowdonia was as spectacular as ever.

After completing Snowdon, it took around six hours (due to congestion) (198 miles) to get back to Swindon.  After 3 days, 1200 miles and £300 fuel we achieved our goal of climbing the three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Map showing the position of the 3 Peaks

A Sunday in the Forest

After a busy day at my cousin’s wedding yesterday I headed over to the Forest of Dean to join some more members of my family for a walk in the forest and a go at slacklining.

The Wedding of Vicky and Craig

On Saturday I headed across to the wedding of my cousin Vicky which was held at Munstone House, near Hereford.

As official photographer, the day was pretty hectic but throughly enjoyable!

Click here to view the photographs.


Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

This weekend I headed down to Dorset where I headed down to Lyme Regis to enjoy the start of the lifeboat week. This year marked the 150th anniversary of the Lyme Regis lifeboat. As in previous years visitors were treated to a spectacular display by the red arrows as well as a mock lifeboat rescue. I walked down to Lyme Regis from Fishpond before returning via Charmouth.

Website updated

I have just finished clearing out my website and have implemented a new theme, all from the teepee. The old website had grown rather organically over the last five years and so I thought it was time to have a bit of a spring clean. I plan to add some more content over the coming weeks.

I have installed several new modules and plan to provide a greater quantity of educational content. Have a play with my UK coastline quiz:

UK Coastline Quiz

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Clowning around in the Forest

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Jonathan Tolhurst

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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