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Our travelling adventures

Ghost jelly

Aquariums and other smiley stuff

Ghost jelly

Have you ever been to an aquarium and not smiled after stepping inside? There is something about those aquariums that bring out the child and photographer in everyone. Even the most drab-looking fish, which are usually strategically placed at the entrance, get their share of excited pointing and close attention. If they were placed in the most exciting places of all, say by the octopus, or by the showiness of what has commonly come to… Read More »

Ski school

Not so much of a skiing trip as an inauspicious end to 2012

Ski school

Disclaimer/warning: there is a rant buried in here somewhere, mainly bought on by not being able to participate in our skiing trip due to a non-bendy ankle. Those of a delicate disposition should not read on past the first few paragraphs. The day after Boxing Day started with a flight to Denver and a drive up into the snowy mountains. America is a country of such contrasts. You can fly for 4 hours and only… Read More »

Balloons and Father Christmas 2012

For our third Thanksgiving in the USA, we decided to turn our backs on an all day eating fest and join one of the best loved traditions – so we went to New York to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. This also meant that we would be able to witness the arrival of Santa Claus / Father Christmas and welcome him for the unofficial kick-off of the Christmas season. Seb and I caught the… Read More »

From a fall to an election (plus some bits in between)

It’s been a long time since I have written for which I can only repeat my apologies to infinity. Believe me when I say that I have missed the writing more than you have missed reading it. It’s good to be in touch again though and long may it continue… My silence started with a loud crack from my left ankle as it twisted horribly underneath me while I was trying to run again way… Read More »

Travels with the Grannies – Part 6 – The way back home

Our last stop was at Dewey Beach. True to form the wind was whipping up a sand storm and all the sensible people were hiding in their houses. We braved the wind and cold though, finding a shallow hole to shelter in until it got too much even for us. The last day of Road Trip was a drive back into familiar territory as we drove across the Bay Bridge and up through the Delmarva… Read More »

Travels with the Grannies – Part 5 – Virginian impressions

The house on the beach was everything we had hoped for; everyone had their own bedroom and there was a lovely meal, expertly cooked by Garnet. We were enthusiastically greeted by him and Monty. Sebastian was especially over-whelmed at seeing his dad again and having some male company at last. They spent a fair bit of that evening reallyappreciating Star Wars Lego in the way reserved mainly for those with a Y chromosome.   We were literally… Read More »

Travels with the Grannies – Part 4 – back North along the shore

The Road We left Charleston and Savannah after too little time and headed Northwards along the coast. Previously the air in the car had been one of excitement with a bit of anxiousness thrown in. As we headed along the coast though, we all felt a bit subdued – a feeling that was mirrored by the weather that had turned cloudy and colder. By that time our days in the car had fallen into a… Read More »

Savannah buildings and trees

Travels with the Grannies – Part 3 – How we fell in love with the Southern Cities

Savannah buildings and trees

Savannah church Mercer House After exploring Savannah and Charleston, my FaceBook status read:  “Loving the Southern cities… More time, more time, more time please?” Junk shop They are very different places and unfortunately we only had one day in each. We tried to make the most of the days though. We experienced enough of each city to get a flavour of its character and a taste to go back and explore each more intimately someday. … Read More »

Me and Monty at Monticello

Travel with the Grannys – Part 2 – On through the Carolina’s

Me and Monty at Monticello

Rather worryingly on the second day of our trip I found myself looking forward to not having to be the driver for the day. We visited Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s house. The house and garden provided an insight into the quirks and personality of the man and how he must have lived his life. I was especially intrigued by the great clock in the front hall, designed by him. It kept time using a mechanism of… Read More »

Travels with the Grannys – part 1 – the journey begins

The Road Trip was wonderful, fun, eye-opening and at times frustrating and definitely tiring. I meant to write about it earlier but, as with all the best intentions, life seems to get in the way. Sometimes these experiences are best told from a distance when not every detail can be recalled meticulously, or so I tell myself. Instead memories can come back in an unordered fashion, tumbling to compete, not lined up chronologically like the wives… Read More »