Ballito Morning

In April of 2022 we took a trip to Ballito on KwaZulu Natal’s Dolphin Coast. Our timing was terrible. We arrived for the aftermath of massive storms and floods, resulting in messy beaches, water supply problems and the like. Fortunately we had a top floor apartment at Ballito Manor, with a great view of the…

A Rose – Experimenting with GIMP

GIMP is a very powerful photo processing tool. Best of all it is FOSS (Free and Open Source Software). I have been using it for years, alongside XnView MP and Darktable, mainly to clean up photos and remove unwanted objects. Over time, I have experimented with removing backgrounds and the like, but never really got…

Sunrise on Sandown Beach Isle of Wight

Sunrise on the beach at Sandown on the Isle of Wight. I took an early morning walk to the beach to catch the sunrise, with some interesting clouds in the sky. The sun is just appearing over the horizon and reflecting off the beach. Sandown Bay is well protected and is often used by ships…

Moved from Self Hosted to WordPress.com

Early 2021, still in COVID-19 lockdown, saw Hairy1Travels migrate from a self hosted site to WordPress.org. Read on for details of how and, more importantly, why. The effects of Lockdown Lockdown in 2020 meant many changes for most people, not excluding me. Work became hugely busy, trying to set users up to work from home,…

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Living The Q Life Going to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago was definitely an enjoyable experience. This is the second Christmas market that we have attended here in the States and, although there are some differences compared to those that we experienced in Germany, they have both been very authentic. It was extremely cold during our…

Canal View – Travels of the Hairy One

A view along the Leeds – Liverpool canal, at Shipley Wharf, a short walk from Saltaire. This view has probably been much the same for over a century. Source: Canal View – Travels of the Hairy One