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Horwich via Eurotunnel to Wemeldinge,Zeeland, Holland via France ,Belgium

Posted in Belgium, De Stelhoeve, Eurotunnel, Horwich, Netherlands, Wemeldinge, Zeeland with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Me playing my Nintendo

Kent border on the Dartford bridge
this is called the

Leo in the Eurotunnel

Me in the Eurotunnel

Evie making faces in France

I fell asleep in France.

on the E40 we used to drive along this road when we lived in Prague as it passes through France,Belguim,NL and Germany near the Czech border.
European route E 40 is the longest European route,[1] more than 8,000 kilometres (5,000 mi) long, connecting Calais in Francevia BelgiumGermanyPolandUkraineRussiaKazakhstanUzbekistanTurkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan, with Ridder inKazakhstan near the border to China.

Belgium Border

Note from Dad  speed limits in Belgium are lower than France on the autoroute

I saw some wind turbines

we crossed into Holland or its correct name  Netherlands

I looked at the barges
note from Dad speed limits again reinforced – you find these across Europe ,

a strange sculpture like a windmill and tower

This tunnel was long and sometimes scary !
note from dad  this is a  6.6-kilometre (4.1 mi) tunnel in The Netherlands on highway N62 
this shows we are under the water !
you can see inside the tunnel

where we are staying in Zeeland

‘Zealand was inhabited before the arrival of the Romans. The rich history of this province for every visitor is worth to explore. The province is characterized, as its name suggests, through his relationship with the sea. The eternal fight is reflected in the geography of the province which lies below sea level. A patchwork of polders and dikes, islands that have formed into three large peninsulas and areas traditionally inhabited by the water gained.
Because of the long isolation of Zeeland is much history preserved and reflected in everyday life. Let yourself back to ancient times by the many historical places and monuments in cities like Middelburg , Goes and Zierikzee and feel inspired by the lifestyle of the people in villages, where agricultural past, the Zeeland costumes and the Calvinist establishment remind you with a rich history.’

taken from the in dutch
it means the farm !

Learnt to swing !
this is a great place

i can do this myself now !

the house we are staying in !

the big bank keeping the sea out of the land

looking at the place we are staying

me by the sea

part of the old farm

me and Evie on the playground assault course !

I am helping Evie get across the bars ,

my home town

1st Year review Jake of Winter Hill

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Jake would like everyone who has read his blog,
the original idea was to show people what Jake could do rather than what he couldn’t,
Jake has a sensory issue with holding a pen so this seemed a way of getting around that issue by using a keyboard., Jake showed great interest in the local area and anything that involved getting wet! Jake has gone on to become interested in some more extreme outdoor pursuits normally with fell shoes on ! will also come along as well

Jakes new baby Brother

Jake has visited both FranceBelgium and Holland twice ,

Jake put together a challenge run

Places planned 2011
Mines -swineside 
Cross fell mines,
Blencathra ,
Whinlatter forest runs,
Holcombe moor ,
trips planned to Belguim/Holland

people have asked how much of this is Jakes Blog,
Jake gets the options to choose from some different routes which Jake/myself have researched .
Jake writes most of the individual Blog entries but I proof read  and add to what is there through links,
I  generally pick out all the good photos from a run and myself and Jake review these and remove ones we Dont feel fit into the Blog.
Yes Jake really does these distances and completes these runs, photos are generally Geo tagged

Jake’s Original blog, 31/07/10

Jake’s half year Blog

68 Blog posts 

12,000 views in total

Jake’s full year 31/07/11

108 blog entries 
28,000 views in total

Both myself and Jake take a great deal of care when out and about,
I generally use risk aversion to avoid issues, a great deal of planning and preparation goes into the runs/walks,
Jake’s equipment does vary but includes extra just in case we are delayed,
I take Jakes safety very seriously ,we often repeat things until i feel Jake gets the Technique or understands how to deal with things safely.

though I feel the following comment is much better than anything i could write

“Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great
beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the
hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.
Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,
and often go wandering around on our own – and at times when there is
perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling
weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice
and what we choose to do – and we would defend our right to do just this
– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and
equip ourselves to minimise the risks.
In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE
there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The
body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably
dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.
DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite”

Travel to Beekse Bergan, Beekse Bergen, Eurotunnel, Hilvarenbeek, North Brabant

Posted in Beekse Bergen, Eurotunne, Hilvarenbeek, l, North Brabant, Speelland Beekse Bergen, Speelland theme park with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill


Eurotunnel watching films on our DS

off we go

white horse Cheriton hill

Me and Leo in Lille

Me and Evie going to the Playground

one of the playgrounds we could play on

I just love these

Evie on one bridge and Me on the other

Playing on the Beach they have there on the roundabout

one of the fast rides – water ride

me again !

me and Evie on the cars

we’re at the front

small boats which you paddle

me on a boat weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Hiding 😉

m me o o on a s s s slide brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!

this is how tall this slide is

I’m  on a swing weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

On a Pony

a goat -leo is asleep again !

on the cars

On the Boat back to the mobile home

on the Boat from the beach to the swimming pool

lille Zoo

Posted in Climbing, France, Lille, Lille Zoo with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill


me driving a car on the playground before the Zoo

me pushing the heavy Pushchair -across the bridge to the Zoo

a big city on a log

lots of buildings

another close up -I don’t know who did this !

Zebras in the Zoo

snowy owl




me on the climbing net

this was the route

across the planks

holding on and keeping my balance

i did this

another section done

Lille center and on the metro

Posted in France, Lille, Metro, TGV with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill


chocolate bunny given free on the metro for easter Yummy !
Metro trip some underground – i really enjoyed this !

Market for Books lovely old buildings
can you see the golden statues ?

Chocolate place
statue of a person ringing a bell
TGV at Lille Flanders station -colours like a Eurostar train
Crowne Plaza Lille 
copper covered hotel
TGV at Lille International station -there was a good playground just around the corner

Chambre de commerce, Lille

shop with cups in the air !
Saint Maurice Church
Play area in the church !
pillars in the old church
lighting a candle for Grandad to remember him , Grandad’s Birthday would have been the 24th April and He would have been 67, Grandad sadly died 28th August 2008.
beautiful stained glass window

Fermont Fort maginot line, France

Posted in Fermont, France, Maginot Line, underground with tags , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

this is the main entrance to the fort

this is a 88 mm German gun

this is a really noisy train

a very narrow passage

this is a turret that moves up and down.