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Hello Singapore

Jun 20, 16 Hello Singapore

Posted by in Singapore & Australia 2016, Travel

It was ‘hello again’ to Singapore as we stopped off for a couple of days on the way down to Australia to visit Sylvan, Marielle & the boys...

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“The Tree”

Jun 03, 16 “The Tree”

Posted by in Miscellaneous

In a classic example of “one thing leading to another” we’ve had to say farewell to our largest tree in our garden. In all honesty it was rather an ugly tree but the point is … it was ‘our ugly tree’.

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Book Review : The Bayeux Tapestry – The Life Story of a Masterpiece

Jan 18, 16 Book Review : The Bayeux Tapestry – The Life Story of a Masterpiece

Posted by in Books & Stuff

The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece by Carola Hicks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Herfst in Nederland (Autumn in Holland)

Oct 31, 15 Herfst in Nederland (Autumn in Holland)

Posted by in Holland, Travel

Quick trip to Holland to see Pa en Ma

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Lisia Gold Production – 2015

Oct 03, 15 Lisia Gold Production – 2015

Posted by in Cider Brewing

A lighteningly quick look at 2015’s cider production ….

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Under a Tuscan Sun – Bella Toscana et Bellisima Amici

Sep 06, 15 Under a Tuscan Sun – Bella Toscana et Bellisima Amici

Posted by in Italy 2015, Travel

Celebrating the milestone 50th Birthday of our dear friend Herma … a great time to all be together in one Tuscan Villa complex

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Angelica a Fauglia (The Angels of Fauglia)

Sep 05, 15 Angelica a Fauglia (The Angels of Fauglia)

Posted by in Italy 2015, Miscellaneous, Travel

There’s noting I can say or add to the recording below that can convey the sheer beauty of the voices of these ladies (Herma, Geke & Lotte – Aunty, Mum & Daughter). So, listen and luxuriate in the exquisite harmonies of these voices...

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Dinan Mini-Break

Jul 13, 15 Dinan Mini-Break

Posted by in Dinan 2015, Travel

Popped on the ferry to St Malo with the car along with Ma en Pa van Emous to stay for a couple of nights at the delightfully preserved Medieval town of Dinan, nestled in the river Rance...

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The Hurtigruten – Norway 2015

May 03, 15 The Hurtigruten – Norway 2015

Posted by in Norway 2015, Travel

We’re fulfilling one of Annelies’ travel aspirations – visiting the North Cape in Norway. We’re cruising up the west coast of Norway from Bergen up to Kirkeness on the “Midnatsol” (Midnight Sun) on what is knows as the “Hurtigruten” (“Express Route”). It’s actually a...

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The Hurtigruten & The Vikings of Lofoten

May 01, 15 The Hurtigruten & The Vikings of Lofoten

Posted by in Norway 2015, Travel

As part of our Hurtigruten ‘cruise’ up the west coast of Norway we landed on one of the Lofoten Islands. Then, whilst the ship made its way to another port on a connected island, we were coached across to visit a Viking Longhouse where we experienced a Viking feast. After which we rejoined the ship at its next...

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Mons via London – An Odyssey

May 07, 14 Mons via London – An Odyssey

Posted by in London & Mons 2014, Travel

In this centenary year of the start of The Great War we’re off to view the battlefield of Mons where the BEF first engaged the Imperial German Armies of the Kaiser on 23rd August 1914. A place that my Great Grandfather, Lance Corporal Francis Fleming of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, would have known only too well. At the...

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In the Footsteps of a Hero

May 03, 14 In the Footsteps of a Hero

Posted by in London & Mons 2014, Miscellaneous, Travel

It seems to me the generation that faced down the hardships and horrors of total war in WWI (and WWII) were made of a special kind of stuff.
Honour; duty to country; grit; courage; sacrifice; determination and resolve are all words that can (as a generalisation) epitomise those generations.

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Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum

Jan 17, 14 Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum

Posted by in Holland, Travel

Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum (Dutch Railway museum) a must for all little boys who like trains ! 😀 We all had a great day at this wonderful museum… and of course we went by train which was even more enjoyable as the boys haven’t really been on a train before … een leuke dag!...

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Dutch Culture in all its’ varied forms

Jan 13, 14 Dutch Culture in all its’ varied forms

Posted by in Holland, Miscellaneous, Travel

I love Holland and the Dutch culture …. where else in the world would theme parks and national art museums be so chicly done: The Efteling : Inspired by the artist Anton Pieck The New Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (10 years in the...

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