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Apr 24, 2015 - Met an old friend

Today we went to see an old teenage friend who we had not seen for 30 years. We drove to a nice village called Brockam where we had lunch at the “Inn on the Green” in their restaurant called the “Grumpy Mole”! We then did our usual wandering back through the country lanes to our friends in Old Woking.

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Apr 22, 2015 - A day in Cambridge

Tuesday 21st April Yesterday we drove up to Cambridge to stay overnight with my nephew Ben and his wife Claire along with their three children, Abigail(6), Eden(3) and Oran(1). Had fun teaching Oran to high-five. Gill told and read stories to Eden and we chatted to Abigail. Of course we also spent time talking with the adults as well!! Very enjoyable visit with the whole family. Wednesday morning we drove back down to our friends Gilly and Julian in Woking.

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Apr 21, 2015 - Monday - Blenheim Palace

On Monday we went to Blenheim Palace with Gill’s brother Jon and his friend Ingrid. Beautiful day out. Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture. It is a World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.

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Apr 19, 2015 - Uncle Frank & Aunty Susie's 60th anniversary

We have been staying with my sister Naomi and brother-in-law Ian for a few days. Today we went to the 60th wedding anniversary of my Uncle Frank and Aunty Susie. It was also Uncle Frank’s 89th birthday! Lots of relations there as well as their friends. Very pleasant afternoon.

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Apr 17, 2015 - Relaxing with Gill's Aunt

Finally seem to be getting over whatever bug hit me. Anyway, we have spent some time with Gill’s Aunty Binnie (84). Yesterday we went with her for lunch at a local garden centre that also has a very good canteen in it. Gill and Aunty Binnie talked all afternoon at her flat while I dozed on the sofa. Today we took Aunty Binnie to Kenwood House a former stately home, in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. I sat in the sun, on a bench, while Gill and Aunty Binnie went around the house. I have toured the house...

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Apr 13, 2015 - Brooklands Museum

Today I went to the Brooklands Museum. Brooklands- the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 - was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled...

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Apr 12, 2015 - Wandering in the countryside

Today Gill and I did one of our favourite activities when in England. That is, we get in the car and drive down country lanes turning left or right without any pre-conceived plan and see where we end up. Our first stop was a stately home call Clandon House where there they had a military museum in the basement. Got talking to a couple of Poles living in England who had applied to immigrate to Canada! Afterwards another nice drive through country lanes until we found a pub for lunch. Then we had to use our GPS to get back home as we really...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Woking, Surrey

Since we have been in England we have been staying with our friends Gilly and Julian. They have a nice house called “Two Acres” on about 2 acres just outside the town of Woking, Surrey. The weather has been good for England, around 15C each day and sunny. I have been doing a bunch of chores. The first day (Wednesday) I spent several hours taking a wheelbarrow full of rocks from the front yard to the back where my Gillian and Gilly were building a fish pond surrounded by a rockery. Thursday I assembled an IKEA chest of drawers. Today I am...

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Nov 6, 2014 - A few more quite days.

As before another quiet few days in Woking, Surrey. Tomorrow we have to figure out how to pack everything into the suitcases we brought. That is, how do keep within our weight limit with all the stuff/mementos we have accumulated in the last six weeks! We did go up to London twice to see my Uncle Frank(88) and my aunty Susi(84). Did not realise until I checked our flight time back to Vancouver that we will have to get up at 4am to get the airport on time for our flight, ugh!! Anyway, arrive back in Vancouver at 14:30 on Saturday. Looking...

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Nov 3, 2014 - A few quite days!

On Friday 31st Oct we left Naomi’s and drove down to our friends Gilly and Julian, in Woking, where we will staying for the rest of our time in England. On Sunday Nov 2nd we drove through London, big mistake, to my brother Michael’s house for a small tea party. There we met a second cousin from Phoenix, Arizona, Karen Lateiner. Also several other relatives. Interesting discussion re how the different branches of the family had ended up in England and the USA. Took lots of family pictures but won’t post them as they are only really of...

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Nov 4, 2011 - Blog Test

We've just set up the blog so thought a test entry would be a good idea. We leave 3 weeks today and are putting all the final plans in place. Packing seems to be the main concern. How the hell do you pack 3 and a half months of clothes into a backpack? especially when you have size 12 shoes! Just need to get all the boring details of preparing for a big trip out of the way and then the fun stuff can start. It's all feeling more real now. The countdown is on!

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Apr 11, 2008 - Mission aborted

I flew back to the UK on Friday although this wasn't actually a spur of the moment decision, I booked the flight 6 weeks ago in Ouagadougou. Partly, I booked the flight to fulfil the onward ticket requirement of Ghana to obtain the visa although they never actually checked that I had a flight booked. At the point I made the decision to book a flight home I'd realised that making it all the way to South Africa was lookng less and less likely, a number of obsticals were popping up on my intended route. I wanted to go to Niger and was really...

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