Back on the Site

Well its been a while but I’m final­ly get­ting back to look at our site. How time flies when you’re hav­ing fun. 

Keep­ing a watch­ful eye on the Coro­n­avirus out­break both here in the US and in Europe where we have a trip planned in May. So far we have not can­celled any plans but we’ll see how things pan out in the next cou­ple of weeks. It’s the first time this has hap­pened to our plans in many years of travel.

So far in the Hous­ton area things seem to be under con­trol but it’s only a mat­ter of time before we have a num­ber of cas­es here. We’ll keep our fin­gers crossed.


2018 Highlights Active

couple on kayak

2018 High­lights is now active on the site. We hope you have as much fun look­ing through our trav­els as we did get­ting it all togeth­er. Its a lot of work but for us a great way to reflect and sum­ma­rize our year. Can’t believe its anoth­er year gone!!

Hap­py 2019!


Back Home

We made it back home after a love­ly trip to the UK for an ear­ly Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with fam­i­ly & friends. We’ll be post­ing our high­light reel of 2018 in the near future–stay tuned.


Site Changes

Its the most wonderful time of the year—again!

We’ve been qui­et this year on the post­ing front to our blog but active in oth­er ways.  get­ting ready to pull our 2017 Hol­i­day Let­ter togeth­er and post it on our site.

Bril­liant­ly man­aged to crash the site today after doing some updates to it and spent the last hour or so recov­er­ing the data through some tech­ni­cal wiz­ardry which I just man­aged to remem­ber with the aid of some much-need­ed notes I had made the last time I crashed it:-)

Look out for our let­ter soon.




Our Site is now secure and encrypted

A quick note to let all know that our site is now secured by an SSL Cer­tifi­cate.  This means that all com­mu­ni­ca­tion to and from the site is secure and encrypt­ed.  When re-log­ging into the site in future please use this url:


You should only have to do this once then your brows­er should remem­ber to con­nect with the secure site.  You should see a lit­tle pad­lock on the address bar of the site in the brows­er when con­nect­ed to the secure site.



Holiday Letters Removed from the Site

We’ve removed our hol­i­day let­ters from the site and will post 2017 at the end of the year!  Should you wish to see the 2016 let­ter please let us know using the con­tact form on the site and we’ll arrange it.

Site Changes

Annual Holiday Letter Posted on Site

In case we missed you from our email list I want­ed to let you know we’ve post­ed our Hol­i­day Let­ter on the site.  It can be viewed here.

Mer­ry Christ­mas and a great New Year to all!



California and the Mexican Riviera

Its been a while since we trav­elled and its good to be post­ing some­thing here again.  We have some plans for the com­ing months which should keep us post­ing some more in the Spring/Summer ahead.

We took a 10 day cruise from San Fran­cis­co down the California/Mexican coast­line.  Stephen had nev­er been to Mex­i­co and was keen to see the beach­es and towns on our trip.

A Google Map of the trip is below although we sailed down the coast rather than drove, thank goodness!


San Francisco

Always a fun place to vis­it, we were for­tu­nate to spend a cou­ple of days in the city pri­or to get­ting on the ship.   The weath­er was amaz­ing­ly sun­ny and warm for our depar­ture and we sailed right under the Gold­en Gate Bridge on the way out to sea!  What a thrill.  You could almost touch the under­side of the bridge from our van­tage point right on top of the ship and although our pho­tos were not as good as the real thing we were so lucky to have  a sun­ny clear day do see it (unlike when we returned!).


Puerto Vallarta

After three days lazy sail­ing down the Cal­i­for­nia and Baja coasts our first port of call was Puer­to Val­lar­ta where we arrived at 7:30am.  We spent a great morn­ing with friends John & Sandy from Michi­gan who were return­ing home from Puer­to the same day we vis­it­ed.  They were able to show us the sites and ori­en­tate (using the UK ver­sion of the word here as opposed to the US ‘ori­ent’.  Check out here for more info on the dif­fer­ence)  to the town before leav­ing which was real­ly nice for us.

Remain­ing ports vis­it­ed will be added soon.…..



Polesden Lacey–An Edwardian Retreat

En route back to Heathrow to catch our flight back to Texas, we stopped off at Poles­den Lacey just off the M25, the Lon­don cir­cu­lar road (or car park depend­ing on the time of day!).  It was an ide­al place for a stopover and a bite of lunch en route to our hotel at Heathrow.

It’s anoth­er mag­nif­i­cent Nation­al trust prop­er­ty and is high­light­ed by its amaz­ing gar­dens and end­less walk­ing paths and grounds.  It just bog­gles the mind how much mon­ey there was around Lon­don in these days to build such splen­did estates and lifestyles.

Here are some pic­tures from the visit:


Tropical Storm Bill

billread640360-pngHere in Sug­ar Land we’re under a trop­i­cal storm warn­ing for Bill which made land­fall this morn­ing.  Its been pret­ty unevent­ful for us so far, with a min­i­mal amount of rain and no wind to speak of.  How­ev­er they are fore­cast­ing heavy rain and winds for our area tonight and tomor­row morn­ing as the mois­ture from the Gulf of Mex­i­co gets drawn up to the north by the high pres­sure sys­tem sit­ting over us.

 The lit­tle graph­ic above gives an idea of the track of the storm but for a bet­ter overview go to the local KPRC 2 web­site.

It’s fair­ly typ­i­cal that just as Stephen is hav­ing knee surgery (Wednes­day morn­ing) there should be this humon­gous storm💥.  Roll on Wednes­day evening.