Complexities and confusion in Barry’s UK visa process

When we mention to people that Barry's engaged in a five-year process to gain 'permission' to stay with his wife in the country of her birth, the response frequently includes some reference to how 'everyone else gets in without any problem'. Whilst there may be an element of truth in this, we suspect it's not … Continue reading Complexities and confusion in Barry’s UK visa process

Huddlesford Heritage Gathering and Barry’s 20 Questions in Canal Boat

Amongst the 2,000 miles of interconnected navigable canal and rivers in England and Wales, there remains sections in the process of restoration - some more actively than others. Lichfield, a cathedral city (famous for it's three spires), is a short distance north east of Sutton Coldfield, where I grew up and raised my two children. … Continue reading Huddlesford Heritage Gathering and Barry’s 20 Questions in Canal Boat

A bostin weekend at the Black Country Boating Festival 2015

Having had three very pleasant kiwi visitor episodes in August and early September, the most recent lasting eleven days and nights, we're understandably a touch out of synch on blog posting. I also managed to squeeze in a long weekend in Brighton with one NZ buddy ... Barry's handed over some stunning images of our trip down … Continue reading A bostin weekend at the Black Country Boating Festival 2015