The Kampong is the name given to the home and garden of the American botanist and plant hunter David Fairchild.  The garden is not part of the NTBG (National Tropical Botanic Gardens).  I visited The Kampong on several occasions during my stay in Florida whilst attending the 2016 American Public Gardens […]

The Kampong, Coconut Grove, Florida



As you’ve probably noticed the website looks different, this is because I’m playing round with a new theme.  The current theme is called Customizr and I chose it due its good reviews and responsive design.  What do you think, let me know?

Playing around with themes



Our 2015 family holiday was based around Littlestone-on-Sea close to New Romney in Kent.  The extensive property was right on the seafront with excellent east facing views over the English Channel to France. The beach is a mixture of shingle, sand and mud and the tide goes out a long long […]

Sand, sea, steam and scheduled ancient monuments


Just a quick note to say I’ve reinstated the websites for Carl and Isaac.  At some point I’ll upgrade them to WP sites but for the time being you can see some photographs taken on our visit to South African in spring 2014. carl.rupes.net isaac.rupes.net

Boy’s websites back


Whenever possible we try to inspire our two boys with science, the ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67p /Churyumov–Gerasimenko was no exception.  Both Carl and Isaac followed the videos produced by ESA on their YouTube channel.  As is often the case Carl disappeared to his room where the Lego is […]

Discovering space



You will have probably noticed that my website has received a makeover.  After growing up on handwritten HTML and static pages I’ve decided it is time to move on and jump into the world of the CMS driven website.  I’ve opted for the popular WordPress CMS and hopefully it will […]

Welcome back!


On Wednesday 26 September 2007 Rupert fulfilled a childhood ambition of driving a steam locomotive. The venue was Alresford station on the Mid Hants Railways affectionately known as the Watercress Line. Thank you to all the family who made this a 40th Birthday treat a day to remember forever.

Driving and Firing Experience


Late May and early June are usually great for spotting orchids. I recently joined some work colleagues for a jolly over to Kent and here are some of the things we saw.

Orchid jolly around Kent



Sometimes storms can do good.  On 18 Jan 2007 strong winds toppled the tall leylandii in our neighbours garden.  Their outbuilding took most of the weight and we only lost a couple of panels from our fence line.

Goodbye leylandii