There really is a place like home!

Life in England

Part 1

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben 

As a child, I grew up in the setting of a farm life and our farm was located in a small town, known as Andover. There, I learned, from my family and through all the loving lessons, life would give you back, that which you passed forward and your gifts would yield great satisfaction, which would include love…love of life, your family, your country and knowledge of how to be thankful for your blessings.

I must have been a great student, as I, at 50 plus years later, only moved 1 h 15 minutes away (51.3 mi) via A31!

While considering what to share in my todays story, I thought, why not share the love I have for my homeland and share a bit of it’s history, waterways and of what drives my passion for adventure!

Lets first take a look at England as a whole, so you can see why I love it so much.

This clock has been in existence since April 10, 1858, and one of Londons top attraction. Here photographed are only two sides of the clocks 4 faces, which is lite up at night making for a majestic site!. It is located at the Houses of Parliament. Although a top attraction, it is not allowed to be toured by anyone except Englanders and then only with written permission way in advance of the visit. No foreigners are allowed admission since being re-named after the Queen. The tower is a British cultural icon recognized all over the world. It is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and parliamentary democracy, and it is often used in the establishing shot of films set in London. The clock tower has been part of a Grade I listed buildings since 1970 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, since 1987.

The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. On 21 August 2017, a four-year schedule of renovation works began on the tower, which are to include the addition of a lift. There are also plans to re-glaze and repaint the clock dials. With a few exceptions, such as New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday, the bells are to be silent until the work has been completed in the 2020s. 

This is just one of many attractions and I will add another one or two each time a new story is posted, with more to share about my vacation suggestions in my homeland of England.. Moving on, I want you to see my home and why I’m so lucky to live in a land of beautiful coastlines.

I am a walker as you will discover from my recently released book titled, 70 is the new 50, and from my newest book, not yet titled, but all about my travels and great adventures as I enjoyed walking the terrains along the coastlines. 

Poole England, is where I happily reside, sharing a home with my son, Simon, and from which we enjoy an extraordinary view of the Poole Harbor. It is known for its large natural harbor.

The Harbor, in Dorset, is in southern England, with the town of Poole along it’s shores. The harbor is actually a valley that was drowned during the last ice age and is the estuary of several  rivers, the largest being the Frome. The harbor is shallow, (average depth: 48 cm-1.6’-No, this is not a mistake!), with one main dredged channel through the harbor, from the mouth to Holes Bay.

What I love about the coastlines are the rocky extremities, jagged edges of the waterways, with large boulders found in the sea, and sandy beaches that warm the toes, should you dare walk barefoot. My son, Simon, says that I do not walk but rather ramble, and perhaps that is true but the beauty that surrounds you, just invites that curious part of you to explore…and look…and dig for the hidden treasures that peak your interest! So, maybe I do just meander.

Have you ever seen Jurassic Park? Sorry, nothing that bizarre! The Jurassic Coast is in England close to where I live and is a 95 mile stretch of coastline that runs alongside of Dorset. Now, look at these photos and tell me…would you not love living here. Some beaches you cannot walk on but rather alongside of it, perhaps on a walking trail above it.

My next story comes fairly soon and is about other special places to visit, while traveling in England and near Poole..

Thank you for tuning in and be sure to return for Part 2, where you just may find your next destination vacation!

My market Director wants me to do an event…Walk With An Author? It promises to be delightful and a fun time. Are you interested? If so, please leave your feedback to what you would like to do and see. If you need assistance with a scooter but want to join in, let me know. I’ll see you on the beach!


Until We Meet Again!,


Chris Ambrose, Author 

70 is the new 50`

No matter what Life throws at you, 

it’s where Giving Up, is Never an Option!






You are also welcome to write to me for a signed copy of my book


  • Linda Hales

    Reply Reply August 8, 2018

    Oh my, here I am, back in real time, feeling refreshed and eager to jot down my sentiments about a momentous journey to your spectacular homeland of England. I am reasonably well travelled but have never had the luxury of experiencing the extraordinary architectural and natural wonders of England first hand and so I appreciate you Chris, for being an exceptional tour guide.
    I learned some fascinating facts about Big Ben, not the least of which was the renaming of it in 2012! Now that was a fitting tribute to the most extraordinary woman of our time, our beautiful Queen Elizabeth! Yes, I am Canadian so proud to share your first family with you and it reminds me that I have spent my entire life with that family keeping us grounded so that we are not overcome by the political shenanigans of the day.
    Natural, rugged shorelines, devoid of all signs of commercialism, are captivating, aren’t they? I’ve had my share of resort life and modern structures so taking that brief walking tour was an invigorating way to start my day.
    Now that I’m hooked, I will now move on to Part 2 of my journey!

    • Chris Ambrose

      Reply Reply August 11, 2018

      Hello Linda,

      Thank you for visiting my web site and leaving such a detailed comment.

      When I first began writing about my walks, it became clear to me that if I was the reader, wouldn’t it be nice to take the entire journey, knowing what was down the highway, behind a hill, or just what was to be seen. I had the benefit of seeing the historical locations, enjoying the festivities, sampling the wines or taking tours, so why not share it all, so if you had not been reasonably well travelled, you at least had what you needed to select your vacation destinations with first hand knowledge, instead of following the advice of what a tour guide who had never been where you are.

      So, thank you indeed for visiting and I hope to see you again.


  • Doug

    Reply Reply August 10, 2018

    I have never been to England but did make a trip to Ireland. I would love to see some of the sights you talked about some day. Wonderful Blog. Doug

    • Chris Ambrose

      Reply Reply August 11, 2018

      Hello Doug,

      Thank you for visiting and I hope one day you do have the opportunity to visit my homeland of England. Ireland is another fine location I encourage readers to visit for its beauty and natural wonders. I believe you would love visiting our country and fine it as friendly as Ireland, so take that transport from Ireland and sail across to England where our countrymen are waiting to welcome you.

      Please return again and leave your thoughts on my next part in this mini series.


  • Martha Love

    Reply Reply August 13, 2018

    This is a great reminder to mark The Big Ben on our ‘Must See’ list when we one day do get a chance to visit your beautiful homeland. I am following your blog with glee! Thank you for sharing your travels and beautiful life.

    • Chris Ambrose

      Reply Reply August 14, 2018

      Hello Martha,

      I am happy you have enjoyed my story and that one day you may have an interest in visiting my great homeland of England. May I ask, where are you? Thank you for visiting my post and for following me. You won’t be disappointed when observing the famous Big Ben!

      The last part of this mini series is about a very special event in my life and I do hope you return to learn more about it.

      Thank you once again,


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