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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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Story time with Annelies

Jan 12, 14 Story time with Annelies

Posted by in Holland, Travel

Story time with the boys is always a lot of fun...

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Nederlandse Artilleriemuseum

Jan 08, 14 Nederlandse Artilleriemuseum

Posted by in Holland, Travel

Back in Holland again and meeting up with Oma, Opa, Marielle, Sylvan and the boys … yay !!! River, Lukas and Seth are so cute and Uncle Rob is having a great time with them : Nerf Gun fights; Go-karting and a trip to the Dutch Artillery museum (so far) … made all the more interesting as Opa (Grandpa) served on the same...

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How to Destroy your Lawn in a Morning

Sep 27, 13 How to Destroy your Lawn in a Morning

Posted by in Miscellaneous

Autumn gardening tasks … scarifying the lawn … apparently it’s good for it...

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Mamma mia she’s a gonna fall …

Sep 19, 13 Mamma mia she’s a gonna fall …

Posted by in Italy 2013, Travel

Where else could we be with a blog title like that but … the leaning tower of ‘pizza’ …Pisa (sorry feeling a bit hungry as I write this)

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Bella Toscana

Sep 18, 13 Bella Toscana

Posted by in Italy 2013, Travel

It may be something of a cliche I know, but … Tuscany IS beautiful.

Soft rolling hills, studded with lines of pencil thin Cypress trees, hillsides fat with vines and olive groves.

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More Antiqua Roma

Sep 11, 13 More Antiqua Roma

Posted by in Italy 2013, Travel

We’ve packed in another full day of Ancient Roman sites. It makes up for the rather disappointing day we had yesterday when I was robbed on the Metro. I had my pocket picked and lost my iPhone {deep sob}. Spending a couple of hours in an Italian police station was ‘interesting’. It was like something out of the 1930s … weird.

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