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Veggie Cooking Class

Last week­end the four of (Chris, Michelle, Rita and Stephen) took a veg­e­tar­i­an cook­ery class at Sur La Table in Sug­ar Land.  It was a blast espe­cial­ly since we were the only par­tic­i­pants and had a pri­vate les­son with the chef.

The best part of the course was we had to eat what we cooked dur­ing the 2.5 hours or so.  What fun!


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US Mens’ Clay Court Championship

Michelle (Chris’ wife) and Stephen are off this evening to watch the US Mens’ Clay Court Cham­pi­onships at the Riv­er Oaks Coun­try Club in Hous­ton.  Unfor­tu­nate­ly for Chris, for­tu­nate­ly for me, Chris has to trav­el to Okla­homa on busi­ness and I had to use his tick­et 🙂

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Sugar Land for the Holidays

Greetings y’all from Texas!  Happy New Year and all the best for 2014.    We hope all you wish for comes to pass and you remain healthy, wealthy (and wise).

We land­ed here just before Christ­mas and spent 4 nights in an hotel before secur­ing our apart­ment about 10 min­utes from Stephen’s son Chris and his wife Michelle.  Once again we learned in our search that using an online search is fine for an overview of an area but leads to amaz­ing frus­tra­tion with dead links, old infor­ma­tion et al.

Through Chris putting us in touch with their apart­ment man­ag­er we made con­tact with a great rental agency here in Sug­ar Land, saw one apart­ment and secured it for the month.  The apart­ment is great, mod­ern, and quite fun.  As usu­al there are always things you wish you had–like a blender and good cut­ting knives–but you man­age with­out them after a while.

On the tech­ni­cal side, we reen­gaged with AppleTV and Net­flix and its been good to catch up with some movies and a cou­ple of our favorite series, like Greys Anato­my.  In addi­tion Stephen bought a nice portable wire­less speak­er to allow us to play our music from the iPhones over a blue­tooth connection–a major plus for our forth­com­ing trav­els.

We expect to be here until the end of Jan­u­ary 2014 which will allow us to plan our 2014 and catch up with some admin tasks.



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Joanne and Betty come to Scotland

 My daugh­ter Joanne made the hero­ic effort to dri­ve near­ly 400 miles to see us for the week­end and intro­duce us to Bet­ty her new chi­huahua pup­py.   We had a blast with them but were quite exhaust­ed after they left us on Sun­day morn­ing.  Bet­ty like most pup­pies is on the go con­stant­ly then sleeps, then is on the go, then eats, then sleeps.  And so it went on.

It was amaz­ing to be wel­comed by the pat­ter of tiny feet on the floor each morn­ing, her tail wag­ging so hard you thought it might fall off!  And of course it’s always great to see and spend time with Joanne.

Here are a few pho­tos from the vis­it.


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Knightshayes Court

Stables hold pride of place at entrance to estate
Sta­bles hold pride of place at entrance to estate

Locat­ed in Tiver­ton, not far from our tem­po­rary thatched-roof cot­tage, Knight­shayes Court rep­re­sents yet anoth­er Nation­al Trust loca­tion where we spent a hap­py few hours. The Trust acquired the estate in 1973 after the death of its own­er Sir John Heath­coat-Amory. His fore­fa­ther, John Heath­coat, inven­tor of an inno­v­a­tive lace pro­duc­tion machine, orig­i­nal­ly chose the site for its view of his plant — the largest lace-man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ty in the world at the end of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry.

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Life is Sweet in Sugar Land

Photo showing Statue of Stephen Austin
Stat­ue of Stephen Austin

Made it to Sug­ar Land, TX yes­ter­day (where Stephen’s son Christo­pher & his wife Michelle live) after a real­ly hec­tic few days mov­ing out of Anthem. We spent the morn­ing in the town square in Sug­ar Land remind­ing our­selves of what is here, and vis­it­ing the odd Star­bucks and clothes shop.  For­tu­nate­ly we’re still a bit fatigued from the move and jour­ney over here, so lit­tle shop­ping ener­gy was expend­ed. Apt­ly named “Faith” (not Fear), this stat­ue guides us  as we begin a jour­ney into the unknown.




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Moab 1998 Video

Here’s a blast from the past.  In Moab with Chris and Richard.  Quick and dirty upload but fun to see again.  Not quite sure how I start­ed in on this again today, but rum­mag­ing through some stor­age bins look­ing for some­thing or oth­er led to me find­ing the video tapes.

This of course led to con­nect­ing the cam­era to the com­put­er (or not as it was dis­cov­ered lat­er) and edit­ing some of this footage.  I dis­cov­ered I had pre­vi­ous­ly (who knows when) uploaded the footage to iMovie so was able to edit this small clip.

Since I last con­nect­ed the cam­era to the com­put­er, I had updat­ed to the new iMac which of course has a firewire 800 port.  I only have a cable for the firewire 400.  Aargh!! Oh well just need to wait for an adapter to come from Amazon–found one for only $2.  Not too shab­by.






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Playing darts