• Travel

    And So It Begins…Steemfest Bound

    Having gone to bed early last night, knowing I planned to be up at 4.30 am, I tossed and turned in my bed. Sleep eluded me, despite how hard I tried to calm my mind. Was it nerves? Worry? Excitement? Maybe a bit of all three. I just couldn’t shut my brain off. I finally gave up just after 3, rechecked my packed case, making sure I had all the cables and chargers any traveling blogger should need. I had a coffee and a spot of breakfast while flicking through the inane channels on the TV. My train to the airport arrives at my local station at 5.48. Just before…

  • Travel

    Steemfest3 Bound

    In just over two weeks time I will begin my journey to Krakow, Poland, to attend Steemfest3. After a small hiccup in securing my Steemfest ticket, I bought my flights this week. I shall be flying from Birmingham, my local airport, to Amsterdam, before continuing to Poland. I booked into the INX Design Hotel, one of the two ‘official’ Steemfest hotels, as soon as the event was announced. Not only am I looking to catch up with some awesome steemians I met at last year’s event in Lisbon, and new attendees, but I am listed as a speaker at Steemfest. I will be joined by fellow co-admin and co-creator of…

  • Nature,  Travel

    Loving The Alien

    Source No, I am not about to claim that cephalopods originate from outer space, or that they were bioengineered by space aliens – although, who really knows, right? What I do know is that this class of animal is entirely alien to anything else on Earth, and they have always held quite a fascination for me. For those not familiar with the term cephalopod, these include octopuses, squid, nautilae and cuttlefish. Cephalopod literally means ‘feet around the head’. Cephalopods are part of the mollusc family. Source So why am I talking about these fantastic creatures? During my recent family vacation in Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, I took part…

  • Travel

    Mini Muxxes Get a Cockpit Tour

    My family and I returned to the UK from our vacation in Lanzarote in the early hours of yesterday morning. As we boarded our flight my other half asked if the kids would be able to go see the captain and cockpit. I wasn’t sure it was still allowed. I remember my own father taking me to visit the captain during a flight in my youth, but obviously since 9-11 security has been stepped up tremendously. Nonetheless, as a flight attendant called Julie walked past, we asked if it was possible. In flight is a definite nono, and that makes sense. But she did say that it was at the…

  • Steem,  Travel,  Vlog

    Final Day in Lanzarote Vlog

    My last vlog from this beautiful island in The Canaries. I speak about my time reconnecting with the family, getting closer to my other half and enjoying my sea adventures snorkeling. Back full time on Steem in a few days, I also talk about steemfest in Poland next month and put out a call to help get @Rhondak there too. I will be speaking at Steemfest about @thewritersblock, Steemhouse Publishing, and Wordrow, our forthcoming creator’s focused front end, and would love for Rhonda to share the stage with me. Apart from my own selfish reasons – I’m not much of a talker – Rhonda is working herself to death at…