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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.

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Travel

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!

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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.

Stephen.

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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.

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Travel

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.…..

 

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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:

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Bateman’s: The home of Rudyard Kipling

In May this year we had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it (anoth­er) writer’s home about 20 miles from daugh­ter Joan­ne’s home town of Tun­bridge Wells in South East Eng­land.  It’s yet anoth­er Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty and the for­mer home of the famous writer, Rud­yard Kipling.  

The link above takes you to the Wikipedia entry for Rud­yard Kipling where it can be seen he was born in India and moved to the UK when he was 5 years old.  He always had a love of India and wrote sev­er­al books and poems about the coun­try.

Bate­man’s is an old sand­stone house, sur­round­ed by gar­dens, farm­land and rolling coun­try­side.  An amaz­ing place to be a cre­ative writer.  In the pho­tos below you can see his study; an amaz­ing­ly relax­ing place to be cre­ative I would have thought.  It also helps that he had loads of cash😄

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Adventures & Learning Travel

Scotney Castle, England

Scot­ney Cas­tle is locat­ed near Tun­bridge Wells in the South of Eng­land, about 10 miles from daugh­ter Joan­ne’s place.

It’s yet anoth­er amaz­ing Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty with sump­tu­ous tea room/restaurant, amaz­ing main house & cas­tle ruins, and exten­sive gardens/grounds (780 acres) for walk­ing and hik­ing.

We spent a great after­noon there recent­ly on our UK trip and below are some of our pho­tos which don’t do jus­tice to the stun­ning bush­es, flow­ers and vis­tas.

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York and Yorkminster

On our recent trip to the UK we had the chance to stay overnight in York where nei­ther of us had been.  It’s in the north of Eng­land near­er the East side of the coun­try.  We drove over the Pen­nines from the West en route down from Scot­land; great fun as you have some ele­va­tion gain as well as loads of sheep and moors to look at.

York is a great town which real­ly deserves a two night stay at least to see all it has to offer.  For­tu­nate­ly we were stay­ing only a mile or so from the town cen­tre and were able to walk to see the sights, in par­tic­u­lar, York­min­ster, the cathe­dral which rivals any­thing we’ve seen any­where.  As usu­al we did man­age to get lost on our way back to our digs, but found our way with help from some friend­ly locals😀.

A few pho­tos below:

 

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Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

En route back from Scot­land to the south of Eng­land we stopped in at Ange­sey Abbey for a look around and some lunch.  It’s a Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty and being mem­bers assures us a free entry and a great restau­rant🍷. (If you are vis­it­ing the UK it’s well worth join­ing since you only need vis­it 6 or so prop­er­ties to get your mon­ey back).

A few pho­tos from the walk around the prop­er­ty.  I’m doing this from my phone while wait­ing for Rita, so there may be a few dupli­cates or errors but I’ll fix these in due course & expand text soon😀