20220909 – Hiking, Biking and having too much fun.


Thankfully a bit cooler today, mid 70’s, and there’s a breeze.

Off out for a bike ride with Howard up to Snowpark Lodge. The killer ride, it’s uphill all the way to Snowpark, I well remember when Bob led this ride 4 years ago. Will I survive? Miraculously I get to Snowpark and check my watch to see if I’m still alive. Fortunately it’s downhill all the way back and the good news is we’re off to the “No Name Saloon”. What a pair of boozers we must have seemed sat outside waiting for the pub to open.

Have a great Pastrami on rye at the “No Name Saloon”, too good to pass on.

On the way back I call in at the CC to see Wendy. Mike’s left us a present there and it turns out to be a giant Apple Fritter from the garage in Kamas, how awesome is that.

Then it’s a quiet afternoon in reading.

We’re off to TGIF and take Mike with us for his first TGIF. Lot’s of friends and acquaintances there but Wendy’s cold as the patio is in the shade.

Back home early, because it’s so cold, and we have the Moose family around our deck.



Another one of my junk food delights. Compared to France this country is a proper food haven.

How awesome is it to have a friend who will get up at the crack of sparrows to go and get a giant, wow is it big, apple fritter from the garage in Kamas, all because he knows it something I’ve been wanting to try. It’s the very same garage I called into yesterday and laughed when they said I’d have to be there around 06:00 to get one.

This place and the people here are awesome.








Off clay pigeon shooting with Mike and Maryann.

Then back home for a trip to Smiths.

Mark and Ruth come round for dinner on the patio, a very relaxing evening with ribs, wine and great company.






Early (09:30) hike with Mark around that trail off Morning Star Drive to see if it’s any good for a easy hike. Apart from trespass (miserable gets – needs a mass trespass) sign it’s a rough and over grown hike not up to easy hike standards.

After lunch we drive over Guardsmen Pass to Brighton, down Big Cottonwood Canyon and then up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Oktober Fest at Snowbird. It’s packed and inundated with food stalls. I think we’ll give it a pass in further years.

Dinner on the deck with the Deer and then a quiet alcohol free night in binging out on The Good Fight on Paramount Plus.




Let’s not forget what happened on that terrible day and lets not forget the so called region, Islam, that was behind it. Not a religion, but rather a 7th century barbaric vile ideology of hatred and ambitions of World domination. A religion of pieces and permanent offence. If you ever doubt what Islam strives for then look at life in Afghanistan to see their end goal. This could be coming to a town near you in the not too distant future if we don’t remain vigilant.



Up early to lead a hike around Snowtop. My favourite hike, the views from the very top give an awesome 360 degree of PC and the mountains.

Wendy’s at the CC. Pick her up with the usual supply of food and cakes.

Hiking with this beautiful gentle wolf.

Mike pops round to drop off another of those awesome apple fritters. That’s my diet gone for a ball of chalk, I just can’t resist them.

An alcohol free night with the Good Fight and make a start on 1883.









Apple fritter for breakfast, a great way to start the day.

Rain is forecast and it’s a lot cooler so delay my bike ride with Mike until 10:30. We have a ride down to Cupola Cafe for a coffee, great down hill ride then it’s the long slog back up against the wind.

In the afternoon we pop round to Walgreens to book our free, 5th covid booster, courtesy of the American taxpayer. It’s the new bivalent one, whereas in England they are not using the bivalent vaccine yet.

Mike and Betti come round for dinner, complete with spätzle. Plenty of wine, some bourbon and finish the day off with that amazing baked cheesecake from Wholefoods, courtesy of the CC.


King Charle 3rd is obviously very much in the news. But being here in paradise hiking and biking got me thinking how much luckier I am than Charlie. He doesn’t get to spend all this amazing time here in paradise with friends hiking and biking. How lucky can we be.





The world’s only asparagus fortune teller believes King Charles III will hand over the crown to Prince William next year.

‘Asparamancer’ Jemima Packington predicted the Queen’s death when she saw a broken crown in her spears, and now thinks King Charles will abdicate in the next 12 months.


A rainy day. Nothing planned. We step out for a short walk around the neighbourhood and it immediately starts raining. Hunker down for the day with Kindle. Make some inroads into the 700+ pages of “Hamilton”.

An alcohol free night with “1883” and “The Good Fight”.

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Just love this statement of aggression:

“I’m looking for a reason? Do you want to be my reason?”.


Finally reach my target weight 175lbs. That was relatively easy with the diet. Worse bit is no alcohol. Wendy says I shouldn’t loose any more as I’ll look gaunt and old. But I am old.


Illegal Immigration:


2 million illegals a year into the USA and we think we have problems with 30,000 a year.

Meanwhile we have to leave after 90 days. I think the government is frightened we’ll spend too much money.


Lazy start then off bowling with Mike.

In the afternoon Wendy and I did a stroll down the rail trail.

Evening was more of 1883 and some Zinfandel and Bourbon to make up for all the alcohol free days.




I don’t believe it.

Thérèse Coffey, our new Health Secretary has been told to fix the NHS, but first she needs to fix the Department of Health’s grammar.

A style guide issued to civil servants working with the new health secretary warns them to keep briefings to two pages, shun jargon, and “avoid Oxford commas”. Department of Health staff are also told to “avoid jargon, legalistic or ‘policy wonk’ ” and “don’t copy and paste Word documents onto slides” in the new instructions.

Our NHS is totally screwed up and this zounderkite is obsessed with the use of Oxford commas, wasting her energy on this tripe rather than fixing the problems. Bear in mind 90% of the adult population haven’t a clue what the Oxford comma is.

Should be sacked for crass stupidity. Not fit to empty a bed pan.

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20220902 – Our Queen Dies, A tragic End To The Week


09:00 Mike picks me up to do the Silver Lake Mid Mountain hike over to the Town Lift in PC. We stop off at the Montage for coffee, not free this time, need to take Fiona with us to get it free. Nice to hike at a decent pace and have no bitching about the hike – “are we there yet”. It’s a lovely shaded hike, but wow is it hot, we seem to be going through a real hot spell this week and for the next 10 days. No sight of rain in the next 10 days.

Wendy’s at the CC and comes home loaded up with salad and not one but two Wholefoods baked cheesecakes, that were due to go to the pig far – those pigs must be the best fed ever, and yet American bacon is so fatty and you need to wear safety glasses as it shatters when cut. These cheesecakes are to die for.

A quiet night in with Carmenera and Netflix.


Lazy start. Then off clay pigeon shooting with Mike and Marianne.

Back home for a trip to Walmart and Whole Paypacket.

Could have gone to a TGIF Oktoberfest but passed and had an alcohol free night with Outlander. What a hot day and it’s due to get hotter next week.




Up early as Joe picks me up for a stroll with him and Mark. It’s a 5 mile marathon up the Rail Trail to the Silly Market, not that we stopped there, and back.

Lazy afternoon. Caught the bus up to PCMR. Plenty of crowds there, some long queues and very hot in the sun. Ideal training ground for Disney so tempted to join one of the 1 hour queues, who knows what for, in the blazing sun.

H&N came round for dinner. A great evening, good food and good company.


Wouldn’t it be nice if cheesecake was a diet food. In my dreams.


Just finished reading “Rigged” by Mollie Hemingway about how the media, big tech, and the democrats seized the American elections. Worrying. I’d always doubted republican claims that the election was rigged but after reading this I see it in a new light.

“Biden won Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin by fewer than 43,000 votes combined. Had just 22,000 of those votes flipped from Biden to Trump, Trump would have one those states and the Electoral College would have been tied 269 for each candidate. Such ties are decided by one vote for each House delegation, of which republicans controlled a majority”. The shenanigans in those three states were enough to make anyone doubt the veracity of the American electoral system.


It’s Labour Day which in PC becomes Miners Day. And yes, you guessed it, there’s a parade.

We go with Mike on the bus up to the parade. Can you believe Mike’s lived here all these years and never been to it. The parades bigger and better than Coalville’s but they don’t throw out sweets and goodies like at Coalville, our grandkids would have been a tad disappointed.

Part of Miners Day Parade – buy a golf ball for $10, numbered of course, and they roll it down the hill. If it comes in the first 50 you get a prize. All proceeds to charity.

Had a walk down to the park for the rest of the activities but it was just too hot.

Lazy night in with dinner on the deck. Awesome.




Why don’t we have parades in England anymore? Too many snowflakes, wokes and libtards who would probably find something in it that offended them.


Led an easy hike up Dubois and dow Colin’s trail – one of my harder hikes with 600 feet elevation. It’s in the 90’s again. Maximum temperature for PC in September is supposed to be 71 F. There’s just no let up.

After lunch we caught the bus up to Main Street and had a search for a decent PC Tee short. Finally found one and then to top it off saw another in the High West store. Bought both. Called in at the library to take Rigged back and picked up Hamilton’s biography, the one the musicals based on, and Rage by Bob Woodward about life in the White House under Trump.

Tea (AKA dinner) out on the deck and then had a leisurely read. Another no alcohol night.

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In Great Britain, where it’s almost impossible to get a gun, a woman is three times more likely to be raped than in America, according to a study by David Kopel, a professor of constitutional law at Denver University.

Here’s another telling comparison between gun-free UK and gun-owning US: In the United States, only about 13 percent of home burglaries take place when the occupants are home, but in the UK, almost 60 percent do.

Professor Kopel explains the disparity: “American burglars . . . avoid occupied homes because of the risk of getting shot. English burglars prefer occupied homes, because there will be wallets and purses with cash.”


If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a kakistocracy.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a Kakistocracy.

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a kakistocracy.

If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.


Joins us for dinner most evenings.

Up not quite so early, 10:00 start to give me time for coffee and newspapers, ready to lead an easy bike ride.

Wow, it’s another scorcher. Stop off for coffee at 5 Seeds and I get my coffee free – how neat is that. For me having to go down to Willow Creek to start and finish it’s an 18 mile ride – good for you.

Carol and Angela come round for lunch.

Then like mad dogs, in the scorching sun, Wendy and I go for a stroll along the Willow Creek trail and stop by the stream for a rest.


Awesome here leading hikes and bike rides. Enjoying the scenery; the birds; beaver dams; deer; even the occasional Moose. How lucky can we be to have all this at our finger tips.



Fury after fire brigades spend £17,000 of taxpayers’ money on decorating engines in LGBT rainbow colours
* Three fire brigades spent £17k on painting fire engines in LGBT rainbow colours
* Oxfordshire, Dorset & Wiltshire and Suffolk have spent thousands since 2017
* Tom Ryan of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said pricey paint jobs don’t help save lives

It’s just pots for rags. Heads should roll.


Yet another scorcher.

Off up to Mirror lake for a short stroll around. A really pleasant place and then Wendy has lunch by the Provo River waterfalls.

On our way back into Kamas we learn of the sad news of the queens death from Kurt. I pop into the garage there to see if they have any of their famous Apple fritters left. Alas none left. Apparently you have to order them the day before and pick them up at 06:00, might be some left by 08:00 but unlikely. They inform me our Queen is dead.


Call into freshies for a lobster roll – $27 can you believe it – but I’m worth it. Wendy picks up some sushi from Fresh market. Then it’s a quiet afternoon in reading and watching tributes to the Queen.

Tea out on the balcony and as usual the Deer come to visit.

We fly our small Union flag at half mast. A very sad day.


Here’s to remembering our Queen. A great Queen who devoted her whole life to the task and did an awesome job of it. Such a pity we don’t have the politicians these days with the same degree of dedication and integrity.


Sad isn’t it that the top google search on such a tragic day is “will I get a day off for the funeral”. 70 years of dedication and service and that’s all those tossers can think about.
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20220826 – Farewell Grandkids; Hello Quiet; Rock Concert; Our New Home


Quality time with Nana.

Started my day with a hike around Masonic Hill, one of my favourite hikes, with N&H.

Kids played with their friends in the afternoon.

For dinner we all, yes, kids included went around to Mikes for dinner. He’s a brave guy. Had a lovely pot roast and the kids had their dinosaur chicken nuggets and of course ice cream. Kids were pretty well behaved.






They’re going home today. How will we cope. No noise. No screaming. Just penetrating silence. We will miss them and it’s been great having them.

Fiona goes for a last minute walk and then takes the kids to the park for an hour to burn off some energy.

Sadly the flights been delayed 2 hours but you still have to turn up on time. It finally sets off 3.5 hours late and they miss their connecting flight in Amsterdam. On top of which the entertainment systems not working. They finally get to Manchester 22 hours after leaving here. Whilst I know it must have been the journey from hell with 3 kids but looking on the bright side it was only 22 hours. It normally takes 24 hours to get here.
I drop the Hertz mobile off and pick up my Howard Accord from Turo. It’s a 2021 model in immaculate condition; pickup was easy although he was 15 minutes late; sadly no apple car play; only very basic; comfortable; easy to drive.

Back home to the deafening silence.


How lucky we are to be able to have our kids and grandkids out for 5 weeks to share our time in paradise. Expensive, but worth every penny. Also great to have a daughter in law who comes out on all the hikes, bike rides, pistol shooting, clay pigeon shooting and gets along so well.

Now we need to gird our loins ready for 17 days of Disney and Universal with the kids and grandkids.


The Best Buy experience:
We need a USA SIM for Wendy. I know let’s try Bestbuy they sell the Boost sim – 3 months 5GB and unlimited calls and text for $15.

As usual the staff are all stood around having a good old chin wag. Probably scoring last night sex.

Nobody attends to us so as two of them saunter past I ask can we have some service.

Me: “what’s you best SIM deal”.

Surly assistant: “Probably that Google one there”. $50 a month, you have to be a nickel short of a dollar.

Me: What about the Boost SIM”.

Surly assistant: “I don’t know owt about that.”.

Me: “Well is there anybody in the store who does?”.

Surly assistant: “No”.

Me: “Well you’re a waste of space.”. Exit stage left.

Now I’m sure all Bestbuy sales assistants must have studied at the Curry’s UK sales training school. These guys and galls spend more time just bored out of their skull. Does management ever think to insist that when it’s quiet they get off their butts and learn something useful about the products they sell.


First full day of the peace and quiet, the silence is deafening. Wot no daughter-in-law, wot no grandkids. I’m sure we’ll start to miss them.

Have a grand tidy up and then a much cheaper shopping trip to Smiths.

Wow it’s hot.

R&M pick us up to take us to the Egyptian Theatre to see the heavy rock band Ambrosia. First we go down to a reception for the Pharoe members. Free drinks always good news. Can you believe there’s even a tunnel under Main Street to the theatre. Great to see Sheree there it must be over 3 years since we saw her. Will always remember her kindness to us when I broke my femur she’d come round with dinners for us – only in America.

Then we’re off to the theatre. We’d never been to a heavy rock concert and it was a tad worrying when we sat down that Ruth handed out earplugs. Anyway we survived although my Apple watch did get distressed at the noise level – turned my hearing aids down. A great evening with awesome company, always a great time with R&M and a whole new experience.


A whole new experience. 72 years old and we’d never been to a heavy rock concert. It was certainly different and always good to try new experiences. After all said we probably ain’t got long left so need to pack them in.




Set off on an exploratory hike with Joe up to the two lakes above Jeremy Ranch – Flying Dog trail – having finally found the start point. Turns out to be 5.5 miles, all up and then all back down. Lovely hike, plenty of shade but too far for an Easy Hike on top of which the lakes are no more, more like two sad depleted ponds. Not even a duck would be seen dead in it. Not a patch on my memory of it nor my 2017 photo. No doubt it’ll be blamed on climate change. Joe survives and we finally get back to the car.

Lazy evening in watching Purple Heart. Quiet a good chick lit happy ending film, best of all is the music and the singing from Sofia Carson – really liked it so download all he albums. E




Start off leading an early morning Easy Hike around Masonic Hill by way of a change I go anti-clockwise.

Lazy afternoon and then Wendy and I drive Mike down to Salt lake to pick up his Corvette which has just had a nose job done on it.

Then we’re all off to Manila’s Greek Restaurant for dinner. Great food. An alcohol free evening.


Virgin have reached yet another new peak in laziness, stupidity And crap customer service. They’ve just sent yet another flight change emails but are too lazy to tell you what original times were and or difference. So the CUSTOMER has to go look it up to see if it is signicant. But this time they’ve really excelled themselves as my flight should be from Salt Lake to Atlanta but will now be from Salt Lake to London Heathrow and, including time zones, I now arrive about a hour before I set off. I had no idea they’d perfected time travel.
Who are these people who care so little about their CUSTOMERS, those that pay your wages. Go look at Delta and other airlines. It is not acceptable either to take 2 hours to answer the phones and hide behind the covid excuse. Having call centre staff work from home should be a blessing to economy and productivity.
I say again, sack the heads of customer services and IT and replace them with their superb cabin crew who understand the concept of CUSTOMER SERVICE. Anything to do with Virgin outside their planes is just a complete SNAFU.


Mike likes a bit of cake with his whipped cream.

Lead an easy bike ride from PC Marc down to the White Barn, then to the canyons and up that long grind to the cabriolet car park, back up to the Rail Trail and then back to the PC Marc. A great varied ride.

Wednesday night we’ve been invited out to dinner at Betti’s with Mike, Joanne, Buzz, Tom and Karen. Great food, wine and company. Really enjoyed it.




It’s moving day as we leave 130 Yonex Court where we’ve been for 4 months and onto 167 Dunlop Court, back to our old resting place. We’re renting Tina and Neils – many fond memories of them – home via Tina’s son. Sadly Neils passed away so Tina rents the home out. We’re also staying there April, May, July, August and September next year. It’s a lovely comfortable home.

Mike comes over to give me a hand with the removal, so glad he did as lugging all our stuff in boxes was pretty exhausting and an extra pair of hands was a blessing.

We all had a Chubasco takeaway for tea. Then was a Paulaner and Carmenera evening in our new abode. Fortunately we’d got most things unpacked and organised. Just two suitcases left to unpack tomorrow.



The Constitution: Why A Republic?

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20220819 – Zoo, Fiona Decimates Some Clay Pigeons


Wendy’s off to the CC. I set off for an exploratory walk up Dubois and down Collins Trail. Not a bad walk, plenty of shade with 500+ feet uphill.

Weather’s not too good a tad cool, grey and some afternoon rain so Jasper dips out on a bike road yet again. Quiet afternoon in with the grandkids and then pick Wendy up. Can you believe the CC has no cakes. Mind you we’ve enough in the freezer.

An alcohol free night. No wonder I hardly slept.






Lazy start.

Then it’s clay pigeon shooting with Mike. Got a tad wet.

After lunch Wendy and Fiona go shopping to Walmart, with Esther, whole I look after the remaining two rug rats.

Fiona and I take Jasper for a short bike ride.

Mike comes round for dinner. He’s delighted with the birthday photo we’ve framed for him. Of course he can’t come without some food, this time it’s enough homemade peanut butter cookies to feed the neighbourhood.




Early start to the day as we’re off to Hoggle Zoo. By the time we’ve herded the kids it’s a 09:30 start.

It’s a lovely little zoo, we’ll laid out and just enough of the important animals to keep the kids happy. At least during the morning most of the animals were active, it was only after lunch that you got to see less of them. Hardly saw anything of my favourite the Red Panda. All in all a good day the kids loved the splash park and play area as well and were well behaved, although like us they got a bit hot and tired towards the end. 4 hours in that heat is more than enough.

In the evening we go out for dinner with N&H to the brew pub. Burger was good but a poor choice on the menu, very trendy and noisy.


What an awesome creature. But sadly Red pandas are endangered mainly because of their natural habitat being destroyed and also due to them being hunted.






Joe and I go for an early morning hike around Round Valley.

Lazy afternoon and some of Mikes great ribs for tea. Along with a great Pilsner and some red wine.







Up at the crack of Sparrows to lead an easy hike around the RTS trail.

After lunch we all catch the free bus up to Silver Lake to give the kids a free ride down on the ski lift. The kids love it.

Take Jasper for a short bike ride.






Up early to lead a bike ride from Maxwells to the White barn with Fiona. Not exactly an exciting ride but a healthy turnout.

Wendy and Fiona take the kids to the library.

After lunch we take Jasper for a short bike ride down the Rail Trail.

Then it’s off to the Kamas Lions gun club with Mike. Fiona’s going to give clay pigeon shooting a try. Mainly because it’s a reason to escape the warring kids. Mike’s got a 20 gauge shotgun that’s slightly lighter and with less kick for Fiona. On her first round she get’s a bit dejected as she only gets one. But, the tuition and a blacked out pair of glasses to deal with her left eye dominance pays off, in round 2 and she gets 10, including everyone of the last 5. She loves it and will no doubt come next time she’s here. Even singing the praise of it to Kurt and Wendy. Tells her she needs to try it.





As if we don’t have enough noise to cope with we now have two dolls from Walmart that cry when you take their dummy out – Joy. Who dreams these toys up?

Obviously people who don’t have kids.


Lazy start. Finally get all the kids ready, like herding cats, and then we’re off to bowling at Heber with Mike and Joe. All 3. Kids love it. I can see when I get back home I’ll have to start taking Beatrix with Jasper and I.

After bowling we’re off to Chicks for lunch. Fiona’s heard about it and is looking forward to trying it. Utah scone and coffee for me, everyone else has a great meal too and no one knows where the kids manage to scoff it all. Beatrix even tries a burger and woofs it down.

Drop everyone off at Silver Lake so they can take the kids a ride down on the free lift. Then Fiona and I take Jasper a ride down to the White barn in the blistering afternoon heat – must be mad.

An alcohol free night for me.



More unbelievable bile from the progressive snowflakes.

The Post Millennial reported recently that “a professional counselor who works with incarcerated sex offenders defended pedophiles as a ‘marginalized’ minority in a recent YouTube upload, sparking criticism as clips from the video went viral on social media.” Miranda Galbreath, who is a licensed sex therapist, posted a video which is, at least for now, unavailable. It was entitled “Let’s talk about minor-attracted persons.” In it, Galbreath advocates for the use of the term “minor attracted people” and claims that the term “pedophile” is a “judgmental, hurtful insult.” She says that pedophiles are “the most vilified population of folks.”

Galbreath is semaphoring to her Leftist audience that pedophiles are or should be considered to be among the Left’s protected victim groups, groups that are prized and privileged because they are supposedly “marginalized.” To redress the wrongs done by white, Christian, cisgendered, heteronormative bigots, these people deserve special consideration and accommodation.

Galbreath claims that the term minor-attracted person “simply means that the person has an enduring sexual or romantic attraction to minors. They have not chosen this attraction… you don’t get to choose to be heterosexual or gay, and you don’t get to choose to be a minor-attracted person.” It’s something the poor dears can’t help, you see. Galbreath doesn’t seem to have any interest, meanwhile, in the plight of people who don’t choose to become the victims of pedophiles. They don’t choose, either, but apparently they don’t deserve any consideration.

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20220812 – Parades, Water slides and Fun Stuff


Wendy went off to the CC for the day.

Our walk up to Stuart falls never materialised so I explored RTS Trail for an easy hike. Not too hot and quite an easy stroll.

Wendy gets Jasper a great bike from the CC, we take it back along with the girls bikes when they leave. Sadly the weather means he doesn’t get much chance to ride it.




If you find yourself feeling useless, remember it took 20 years,
trillions of dollars, and four U.S. presidents to replace the Taliban
with the Taliban.


Up early for a trip out to the parade at Coalville. Easy to park up and we get our usual spot outside the petrol station – regulars. Kids just love it. Bags and bags of sweets, as the kids scurry everywhere to retrieve the copious sweets thrown, including a beach ball and Fiona even gets another tee shirt. As Jasper says “the best day ever”.

Then we drive to the Park City library for a water fun day with water slides and other amusements. Free food, free drinks, free books and free beach balls. Amazing. Just one of the many reasons why we love Park City.

Then it’s back home for Fiona to share the stash of sweets the kids got at the Coalville parade.

What a fun filled day we have had.

Lazy afternoon and get into the book “Rigged”. Difficult to assess the independence and truth of it but if even a fraction of the conspiracy against Trump by the democrats, press and big tech is true then it’s truly worrying.

Mike comes round for dinner, complete with his giant awesome tiramisu and a bottle of limoncello he’s made. It take ate least a month to mature and tastes awesome, what a bite it has. Fiona loves it to. He must be mad to come to the war zone, but just loves being with the kids.


How nice it is when friends take such trouble to make tiramisu and even limoncello as a dinner gift.




Consider this. Twitter gets away with banning a sitting president – Trump – and yet still allows terrorist, jihadis and the Ayatollah Khamenei’s access. Says a lot about big techs political agenda.

If there is one thing in American politics that I find most abhorrent it’s this. How can they get away with it? Why aren’t the American public taking to the streets?

Well if Trump gets back in in 2024 I hope the first thing he does is close Twitter down.


A rainy sort of day.

Take the kids down to Walmart for a treat as a reward for good school report and gold star.




Wendy’s off to the CC. I go on a walk with Howard. It’s another one of his bucket list items, a walk from Sundance up to Stewart Falls. It’s a pretty tough walk due to the trail being so rough. Uphill all the way to the falls and then thankfully downhill all the way back. Still searching for that circular walk that’s down hill all the way.

Take Jasper on a bike ride down to the White Barn and back on the great bike he’s borrowed from the CC. He’s so excited.

In the evening we go out for dinner with Mark and Ruth to Squatters. Then after dinner we go round to their place. The girls watch some chick lit film downstairs whilst Mark and I put the World to rights upstairs. One way of escaping the rug rats. Another great evening.

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noun: kakistocracy

government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state.

“the danger is that this will reduce us to kakistocracy”


If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, you might live in a kakistocracy.

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a kakistocracy.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a kakistocracy.

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a kakistocracy.


Up early again to lead an easy hike around trailside. That pain in the ass women, who shall remain nameless, but we all know who she is, turns up on the walk. And yes, she’s still a pain in the ass. And what’s more she’s threatening to come on tomorrows bike ride. Sadly Fiona gets the benefit of her inane diatribe.

After the walk Mike and I drive down to Feldmans for an awesome pastrami / corn beef on rye lunch, AKA a Rachel.

Mike is determined to give me 6 bottles of wine from his stock of over a hundred, which considering he doesn’t drink hardly ever goes down. I finally get him to agree to me paying him $10 a bottle. He’s not happy but it’s a great deal for me and hopefully he’s not out of pocket.


Kids at the parade with the parade queen.

Up at the crack of sparrows yet again to lead an easy bike ride around the Swanner Reserve. Thankfully for both Fiona and I the pain in the ass doesn’t show. Afterwards we stop for a well deserved coffee, while Fiona rides back to relieve Wendy of rug rat duties.

For Mike and I its a long 18 mile ride as we had to ride down to Maxwells, do the ride and then it’s the long slog back up to home.

More of the parade.

Mike tootles off to the bike shop to get a speedometer and odometer fitted to his 50 year old bike. I’m sure it’s so he can bitch about my speed on these rides.

Wendy and the kids come back from the library but no sign of Mike. Wendy saw an ambulance and police cars tending to someone who had fell off his bike at the crossroads. I drive up to the bike shop to check where Mike his and sure enough it’s Mike who has fell off his bike and been taken to ER.

Esther enjoys the water slide.

Wendy and I dash up to ER to see Mike. Sure enough he’s fell off. The eBike he’s borrowed had a flat as he went around the corner and he fell off. Fortunately he was on a bike path and not the road. He ends up with some bruises, stitches in his lip, inside his lip and fingers. Shaken up but not too bad. His sense of humour is intact and he’s as argumentative as always. He was lucky. They discharge him and we take him to our place. Marie Ann pops round to see him, and then despite much protest we talk him into me driving him home and leave his car on Yonex rather than risk driving.

I go shooting with Joe in the evening.


If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a kakistocracy.

If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a kakistocracy.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a kakistocracy.


Well deserved lazy start to the day after all those early activities.

Jasper and I pick Mike and Joe up to go bowling at Heber. Jaspers on form on his first game. Lunch at the bowling alley, Jasper manages to scoff 4 chicken strips and chips, hollow legs, takes after his mum.

Bike ride with Jasper.

In the afternoon, Fiona and Wendy skive off to the shops so I’m on rug rat duty. Mike hangs around for a while and plays bingo with the kids. Later on Esther decides to have a serious meltdown. Over a hour of ear shattering screaming. Even my watch is warning of danger to my hearing. Then Beatrix manages to tare Jaspers nail off, resulting in more screams from Jasper. Finally get to put a plaster on his finger. I surrender and recall Fiona and Wendy to deal with the trauma.

Wendy and I troop off down to Papa Murphy’s for pizza. What a waste of time they are. After giving my “I keep thinking I’m a customer” speech to a scruffy 10 year old yeti from the kitchen who is allegedly the manager we storm out. Of to Walmart.

Carol and Angela come round for dinner.



A poll was conducted by a national polling firm, “YouGov.”

These questions were asked to average people on the street:

What percentage of the country is black? Answers 41%… Actual 12%.

If you watch commercials, you will think it is 90%.

What percentage of marriages are mixed race? Answer 40%…Actual 1%.

If you watch commercials, you will think it is 60%.

What percentage is “Latino”? Answers 39%… Actual numbers 17%.

How many families make over $500,000 a year? Answers 26%… Actual figure 1%.

We think a quarter of the country is rich.

What percent of Americans are vegetarians? Response? 30%… Actual 5%.

What percent of Americans live in NY city? Answers? 30%… Actual 3%.

What percentage of Americans are ‘transgender? 22%… Actual number 1%

What percentage of your fellow citizens are Gay? Result? 30%… Actual 3%.

So why do people have such inaccurate thoughts on these counts? THE MEDIA! The media run race, gender, and wealth stories constantly. Result? We are being brainwashed by the media. Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels would be proud if he had half this success.

Disney just went full-on “gender” They will no longer welcome guests with the traditional “Welcome ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” Why? Because 1% of the population dictates to the other 99% (that would be the vast majority) and corporate America falls for it.

Regardless of what you think, less than 20% of Americans use “Twitter” yet Twitter controls 80% of public opinion. Why? The media.

Next time you are thinking Americans have changed and not in a good way, remember, it’s fake. Most people think just like you do, but the media has brainwashed Americans with their constantly misleading broadcasts.

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20220805 – This Is The Place and at last a Utah Scone


Howard picks Fiona and I up for a walk to Blood Lake. It’s quite an arduous walk, we go counter clockwise and at least it’s a scramble up a rock face, better than having to come down it. Certainly not an easy hike.

Took the kids to the fair. What a rip off but the kids enjoyed it. Esther got to ride on a horse, as promised. Beatrix rode the Ferris wheel, but didn’t look too happy about it at first. Jasper won a toy playing basket ball and went on the Tornado, after which he felt sick for half an hour.

Dropped kids off and Kurt and I went to Best Buy for his Wyze cameras and then to Smiths for Pizza’s. Of course I got the wrong one for Wendy, which she bitched about. Can’t ever do anything right.

Pizza’s, Paulaner and Zin for tea. Early to bed after plenty of wine.


All the fun of the fair.




The student loan scam:



Lazy start then take Kurt down to the airport, he’s going home, 3 weeks peace and quiet. How will he cope.

In the afternoon Wendy and Fiona don their slippers and pyjamas and head off to shopping at Walmart. I get to look after the 3 rug rats. No problem, they’re very well behaved.




Set of for a exploratory hike with Joe and Fiona. It’s a gorgeous blue sky morning with some low lying mist adding to the beauty.

Plan A fails because hike start point is on a gated community and gates are locked. Plan B fails because start point is difficult to locate on an industrial estate. Plan C is Kimble to Willow Creek and back – 5 mile round trip.

In the afternoon we go for a picnic down at the Deer Valley lakes. Kids get to paddle and try and catch fish; picnic; short walk around the lakes.

In the evening Wendy and I go out for a Chinese dinner with Nancy and Howard. Another awesome evening good food and great company.


I’m sick to death of the dog turd brigade. Too damn lazy to clear up after their dog. Spoils it for every one especially kids who just want to play on the nice grass. Time these owners had their noses rubbed in it and then made to clear it up. It’s disgusting anti-social behaviour.


Off to explore a new hike, Fink Again. Finally find the trail head and it’s an ok 3.2 mile hike all uphill to mid point and then all downhill, but no shade. Considering I didn’t start to 12:00 and it was a blistering hot day again it wasn’t too bad, nice breeze.

Lazy afternoon and a pleasant evening with Paulaner and Zin. A sure way to snooze through Virgin River – such chick flicks.


Up early to lead an easy hike from Silver Lake on mid-mountain to the top of Town Lift and back down on the lift. I’ve been on slow hikes before but this had to be the tortoise special. Sadly one of the guys fell so minor cuts to deal with.

Back late much to Wendy disdain, she had a real strop on. Quick turn around, tidy house and then we’re off to This Is The Place – a Mormon Heritage Village. Great place for the kids, lots of simple amusements including trains and pony rides to keep them amused. But hotter than the hinges of hell. Had a stroll around the museum but not a scrap of evidence on the Meadows Massacre – always a touchy subject for them.

You have to admire the Mormon trek, 1,400 miles pulling a hand cart with all your belongings on. We tried pulling an empty hand cart for 100 yard in the gruelling sun and it was exhausting. Men and women of steel in those days.


Thank you for choosing our car rental firm. We hate you

Next customer, please. I’m sorry for the wait, sir. At least you were able to stand out in the the glorious Spanish sunshine for the past hour. I saw you trying to find your sun cream and your hat in your suitcase. It was very nice of that man to help you when your trolley fell over.
Now, how can we at Opaque Autos Car Rentals assist you?One moment please . . . I see you’ve booked a Nissan Qashqai estate car with air conditioning for two weeks at our all-inclusive “whacky bonanza full rate” price of €37 a day, which you pre-paid under our pre-authorised pre-booking system and which includes VAT and also your environmental contribution tax.
Unfortunately I can see that this specific vehicle is no longer available, but the good news is that we do have a similar category car at no extra charge. It’s a Ford Fiesta. Yes, sir I do believe it is a tiny bit smaller, but you can still fit in a family of four and a couple of suitcases. You could put the baby buggy in the back seat with the children and the golf bags on your wife’s lap.
No, I don’t believe it does have air conditioning. I can see if another car is available. Yes, good news, there is, it is a Volkswagen Touran. Now technically that is an upgrade so we would need to charge you the slightly higher rate of €65 a day for that. This would also mean cancelling your existing booking for the Nissan that we said is not actually available. Unfortunately under the pre-authorised payment system there are no refunds, but we will be able to resell your original booking to a different customer and so make ourselves extra money.
Did you need a child seat? Oh you brought one with you. I’m sorry, that one does not meet our official acceptable standards. The details of what makes and models qualify are there in section 421, part 65, paragraph 18 of the terms and conditions on our website.
You’ll need to hire a seat from us. As you did not book in advance we’ll have to charge the “over a barrel special” price of €35 a day.
Now for insurance. Our all-inclusive whacky bonanza rate does not actually include cover, which is mandatory. We have three types: serene, super serene, and super-duper-chill-out. I would advise you to get the last one because when you eventually pick up your car you will find it parked in the tightest parking spot ever, which only a qualified stunt driver could get out of.
You’ve bought your own insurance, oh I’m sorry we don’t recognise those.
And whichever policy you choose we’ll need to secure £1,500 on your credit card, you know, just in case anything does happen because although we call our insurance policies insurance they’re not actually insurance — and besides you may have noticed that we don’t ever actually fix the cars anyway.
I’m sorry we don’t accept debit cards, or American Express, or Mastercard, or Visa. Have you got one of our Opaque Autos credit cards?
Now, just looking at the current state of your children I’d definitely recommend that you take our additional family friendly cover, at a cost of €25 a day to save the additional cost of deep cleaning the car.
Do you want to return the car empty or full of petrol? If you return it empty we’ll charge you 50 per cent more than the cost of local petrol stations. If you return it full then you will have to drive around for half an hour trying to find the nearest petrol station only to find that it is 20 miles away and by the time you return the car it no longer looks full.
Don’t worry we’re almost done.
Here’s the paperwork — it’s all in Spanish. If you’d like it translated I can give you it in Portuguese. While your son is crying hysterically because he’s lost a Pokémon card please sign here, here and here.
That box there says you agree to our tyre degradation policy — €2 a day per tyre. Without it you can’t use the tyres.
And this one here is the indicator fair usage charge — €1 every time you signal.
Now sir, there is no need to get quite so grumpy. There are dozens of people behind you in the queue watching.
I’m sorry you think we are the most backward industry in the world.
Thank you for your helpful suggestions about how hiring a car could be made more consumer-friendly and how we could embrace modern technology. Feel free to email a complaint — you will receive an acknowledgement within 180 working days. If you want to complain further, you can’t. You have almost no consumer protection.
We do actually have an app that lets you avoid the queues and pick up the keys from a machine without the need for going to the counter. It’s called our EasyPeasy service. It is very convenient and very expensive, about double the price of a normal rental, which is why no one uses it.
Thank you for choosing Opaque Autos. Your car is in bay 65a in the rentals lot, which can be found by taking the number 45 bus for half an hour towards the city centre. Get out just before your hotel.
Have a lovely holiday.


Up early again to lead an easy bike ride. 16 hard mile undulating ride. Done it many times but forgot how hard it was – may be something to do with being 3 years older.

Lazy afternoon for me as everyone else goes to musical movement at our amazing library. It’s got some fantastic facilities, including Mac’s, 3D printers, pets for the kids, play room with toys lego etc. They spend 2 hours there. Oh and they also have great books and DVD’s. You can even stream videos, audio books or eBooks online even from the UK. I wanted a book called Rigged by Mollie Hemingway, they didn’t have it so they bought a new copy for me, no cost – can you believe that, my American friends tax dollars at work, thank you. Then it’s Burger King, a more cost effective favourite than MacDonalds. The kids love it.

Fiona Oakley, Joe and I then go down to the Kamas Lions Gun Range for some target practice. Fiona’s nervous but does great with a 9mm automatic. Some great groupings.


Lazy start, my only lie in this week.

Jasper and I go bowling with Mike down at Heber. Then for my real treat, I’ve found a highly recommended diner (Chicks on Heber City Main Street) that allegedly does a Utah Scone. One of the delights on my junk food bucket list. Delicious with honey and butter on. Well worth the search and trek. Take one home for Wendy and Fiona along with a doggy bag of Jaspers Chicken strip. As well as a Utah Scone being standard with every meal they also do some of the best Chips. Some great food.

Just need to get Wendy the recipe For a Utah scone and a deep fat fryer – expensive.

Wendy and Fiona set off for the weekly shop at Walmart whilst I tend to the 3 rug rats.

Thursday evening we’re off out for dinner with Joe and Donna at Windy Ridge. Discover a new junk food delicacy, an onion ring stack.



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20220729 – Fun in paradise, Kayaking, Rodeo (ain’t mine or Jaspers first rodeo) and Tenpin bowling


Cancelled my Easy Bike ride. Go for a walk around Snowtop with Fiona. Wendy’s still not feeling so good but testing negative for covid.

Nip to the supermarket with Fiona. She’s way quicker than Wendy.

Chris and Landen arrive. Boozy evening in. Bloody hell 3 grandkids is mayhem, add one more and the noise level is worse than Concorde and the mayhem is unbelievable, enough to turn you into a hermit.




Wendy’s feeling much better and still testing negative for covid. The rest of us are feeling fine.

I go pistol shooting all on my own. Billy no mates. Find a coke tin to target shoot, a most satisfying way.

After lunch Wendy and Fiona don their pyjamas and I take them down to walmart. Never again will we go shopping at Walmart or Whole Pay Packet at the weekend. Just gridlocked.

A booze free evening for me but Fiona manages some Sailor Jerry and coke. Not surprising as we all try and cope with 4 kids.




Fiona and I nip out for a bike ride down to the White Barn before it gets too hot.

Wendy’s feeling fine and still testing negative.

Chris and Landen arrive and we all watch the Womens Euro final. Everyone’s orgasmic as England wins 2:1 in extra time. Kurt and CHris give a good demonstration of football hooligans every time a goal is scored. I’m not normally a soccer fan but have to say the women seem to play much faster and more exciting game. Really enjoyed it.

Celebrating one of the goals.

Wendy and I nip over to Mikes to pick up a tiramisu he’s made for us all – we cancelled the “Goodbye Boris Party” to be on the safe side. He’s made one big enough to feed a cast of thousands.

Then Wendy and I get some peace and quiet as everyone else goes down to the Silly market.

Sadly cancelled due to Covid.

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I tested negative even though I have symptoms and a likely exposure. Does that mean I don’t have COVID?

Testing negative does not necessarily mean you don’t have COVID. If you were exposed to COVID (e.g., someone you live with has it), and you have symptoms, but test negative on an antigen or PCR test, here are some possible explanations for what may be happening:
1. It’s too early, and your viral load may not be high enough to show up on a test. You will likely test positive eventually.
Symptoms are a sign that your immune system is working to fight off an infection. Symptoms can appear lot faster if you’re vaccinated, because your immune system recognizes the virus and is able to quickly react. Even if you are vaccinated, the virus may be able to make you sick and contagious, especially because the vaccines aren’t as good at stopping the Omicron variants. (But the vaccines are still good at keeping you out of the hospital!) The Omicron variants may also be harder to detect in the nose compared to earlier variants. And Omicron rapidly replicates in your body, which can cause people to begin having symptoms earlier.
If you test negative soon after feeling sick, you should test yourself again a few days after the day your symptoms started, when your viral load is likely to be at its highest.
2. Your immune system fought off the virus, and your viral load never got high enough to be found on a test.
As stated above, your symptoms are likely a sign that your immune system is fighting the COVID virus. If you have some symptoms and then feel healthy again, and have multiple negative tests throughout that time, it’s possible that your immune system was able to prevent the virus levels from getting high enough to be detected on an antigen or even a PCR test. Thanks, immune system!
The amount of virus present varies between people. Most people with COVID will have enough virus at some point to test positive on an antigen test. The amount of time it takes to test positive can vary widely. Some vaccinated people may never test positive on an antigen test, while others could be positive for many days in a row. Some people with mild infections may test negative on an antigen test, but positive on a PCR test. This would mean that they have COVID, but don’t have enough virus to turn an antigen test positive. This may be more likely to happen if a person has been recently vaccinated or boosted and their immune system is able to respond to the virus faster.
One study monitored health care workers and found evidence that some of people who were exposed were likely able to clear the COVID virus from their system before testing positive. We discussed immunity in a blog post at the end of last year!




Short bike ride with Fiona first thing.

Chris and Landen came in the morning and left at dinner to catch their flight back to San Diego. He dropped Kurt and Fiona off at the outlets centre whilst Wendy and I looked after the grandkids. Took them round to the park by the school. They loved it.

6 hours later K&F emerge from the outlets centre. How can anyone shop for that long. Bizarre.

A quiet night in with Paulaner and wine.






Good job I’d cancelled my walk as it was raining on and off all morning.

We all went bowling at Heber City followed by a great junk food lunch. Grandkids really enjoyed it.

Shopping again this time at Freshmarket. Wendy has vowed never again. Poorly stocked and I’ve seen sparrows with more meat on then than the cooked chicken she bought. She wouldn’t even serve the legs they were so scrawny and uncooked. I wanted to go and dump it on the managers desk, but alas Wendy had already binned the legs.

I pop into liqueur store for some wine and Pimms. Try a box of Zinfandel.

Then in the afternoon Laurie and Michael popped by for a drink on the patio to say goodbye. Sadly they leave on Thursday.


How lucky can you be when your 3 year old granddaughter, Esther, comes on your knee first thing in the morning with a sticky push pop for you to read her a story book. And the rest of the grandkids are playing happily. A great start to the day.


Lead a bike ride, with Fiona, up over park meadows, down round valley and back along the rail trail.
Then it’s a lazy day minding the grandkids whilst K&F go to the outlet stores yet again.

Jaspers recovered about 20 golf balls and is enthusiastically trying to sell them to passing golfers.

Quiet night in with Paulaner and Zinfandel. This box of Zin is awesome and only $20 for the equivalent of 4 bottles.


Kurt, Jasper, Mike and I go kayaking with the club. Can’t believe how long it takes to check in and pay – a complete SNAFU. Once we get our kayaks its all fun. Jasper really enjoys it.

Lazy afternoon.
In the evening Kurt, Fiona, Jasper and I go to the Heber rodeo. It’s a lovely evening, great rodeo and it’s K&F first rodeo. All enjoy it, but sadly miss the bull riding, mind you at least we don’t have to cope with gridlock leaving. Sadly Jasper has a meltdown because we miss the fair. Promise to take him tomorrow.

Back home for a Zin nightcap.




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20220722 – The Kids and Grandkids Arrive


A busy day.

Starts with me leading an Easy Bike Ride from Willow Creek park up to Silver Star and back. By the time we’ve rode down to the start point and back it’s 14 miles.

Then Mike and I drive down to Salt Lake to the German Deli (Sigfreids) I’ve been raving about. Both have a superb lunch.

In the evening I drive down to SLC airport. Swap the car for a top of the range 7 seater and then head over to International arrival to pick the kids up. They’re cream crackered after 24 hours travelling with 3 kids pewking.


What a memorable moment it is when Jasper comes through those International Arrival doors, shouts out Papa and runs over for a giant hug (wish I’d had a video of it), followed by a hug and carrying Beatrix and Esther up to the car. Makes it all worthwhile and puts the expense in its place. Again how lucky can we be, grandkids and Fiona for 5 weeks here in paradise. Sadly Kurt has to go back to work after 2 weeks.




Kids and grandkids are up early, body clock all awry.

Went clay pigeon shooting with Mike in the morning.

In the afternoon everyone, except me, goes shopping – Walmart then Smiths. Yeah, 5 weeks with no need for me to go to a supermarket.

Nip to the liquor store for some more wine and Double Rye, then we get some burritos from Chubasco. A nice family night in with Paulaner, Zinfandell, Double Rye and Sailor Jerry for Fiona.




Kurt’s been continually whining about bears. Here’s one he can cope with.

Up and out early with Kurt and Fiona to try out a walk for my Easy Hikes. Went up Armstrong then down Dawns, too much uphill for an Easy hike. Fairly strenuous with 2 miles uphill. At least the weather was coolish.

In the afternoon Wendy and I go and get some coffee, beer and other essential vitals. Grandkids have a whale of a time in the Jacuzzi. Just noise and sheer mayhem.

One very beautiful cat on the trail.

Fiona’s not so well. She does a covid test, thankfully it’s negative. I think the alcohol of last night combined with a hard walk up to 7,500 feet has given her a touch of altitude sickness, similar to what Wendy had when we arrived in April.

Sunday evening we escape the mayhem and go out to dinner at the Boneyard with Howard and Nancy. Great evening but food not that good. They even forgot my meal.




Kurt’s up at 05:00 with all the kids. Fiona’s still not so well, but didn’t get much sleep last night – exhausted. Thankfully covid test still negative.

I’m leading an easy hike from Silver Lake along mid-mountain down to Snow Park Lodge. 9 women and 3 fellas. Boy can women talk, but at least I don’t have to keep looking back to see if they’re keeping up, I can hear them.. Almost tempting to quit and go back to the mayhem at home.

Grandkids play in the jacuzzi all afternoon. Have a great but noisy time.

I sort the mountain bike brakes ready for tomorrows ride.


Part of the Coalville crew.

Up early ready for our Coalville ride. Lead Howard and Mike’s truck down to Coalville and then ferry them back to Yonex court. Mike, Howard, Kurt and I set off to start the ride. Pick up Micael and Dianne. Then pick up Ruth on her electric chariot and we’re all off for a easy 22 mile ride down to Coalville. Down being the operative word. Over half of it is down hill, that’s what is so great about it, and then along the flat. Get to Coalville, load the bikes into the trucks and then it’s back home. Ruth rides her electric chariot back home.

Lazy afternoon with just a quick trip to the supermarket with Wendy. No day would be complete without a super market fix.

Fiona’s better and still testing negative. Mike comes round for a chaotic dinner with the kids.

Leisurely evening in with the kids and Paulaner.


Lazy start to the day. Then a 90 minute hard bike ride with Howard around Swanner, a real good workout.

Then home for a quick change and some earache off Wendy for never being in.

Off to the NAC as water sport volunteer. 4 kids for some canoeing and kayaking despite being in wheelchairs and hardly able to walk. The NAC does a fantastic job. My role is just helping set up, tare down and out in a kayak as support in case of problems. Unfortunately I forget my hat so have a bucket load of suncream and my tee shirt on my head like a modern day Lawrence of Arabia.

Mark this on our front door.

Get back home. Fiona is perfectly well now but after 3 days of feeling ill, no covid, has now tested positive for covid – how bizarre is that. Wendy is not feeling so good.

Cancel clay pigeon shooting with Kurt.


Wendy stays in bed all day with fatigue, headache and sweats.

I have a lazy morning, cancel Fridays bike ride, Mondays hike, kayaking, concert and dinner with L&M.

After lunch catch the bus round to the park with the kids and grandkids. Nice park but oh so hot and the metal on the apparatus is boiling – no shade, complete lack of common sense. Walk back with Fiona and Esther. Kurt takes jasper and Beatrix swimming at the PCMarc.

Fiona’s fully recovered but Wendy’s spent the day in bed despite testing negative for Covid. Fiona’s still testing positive but is perfectly well, I’m feeling fine and testing negative, everyone else is fine.

A beer and wine evening.

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20220715 – Concerts, Parties and Bike Rides


I’m leading an easy bike ride and in the inimitable fashion the weather is crap. Can you believe it, as I walk out the door it starts to rain. Amazing there’s 6 people crazy enough to go for it. A nice ride from Walgreens, down the rail trail, around park meadows to the old barn and back. We all get back wetter than a water hogs backside. But, at least on the positive side it was warm and didn’t snow.

Wendy troops off to the CC and I get a peaceful afternoon.

In the evening I have a pleasant Zinfandell and a snooze whilst watching Money Heist – seems the best way to enjoy it, really has lost the plot.




Lazy morning and then dragged kicking and screaming to the supermarket where I get to drive the trolley.

Just trying to plan an Easy Hike from Silver Lake in Deer Valley when I learn that due to the ongoing avarice of Deer Valley – not content with screwing with alcohol at concerts, and even having concerts without the orchestra – what was a FREE car park now costs $30. So, plan B, to screw them over is to catch the FREE bus from the transit centre.

I really think they, the rapacious corporate gnomes are screwing this town. It seems like we’ve had the best years skiing and summer holidaying here.

In the evening we’re off round to Dianne and Jere’s for drinks and then to the ABBA revival concert at Deer Valley. Awesome Abba concert at Deer Valley. We’d forgot how good their music is. Many thanks to Mark and Ruth for the 4 free tickets, you missed a great show on a lovely balmy evening. Great setting, sound and camera work. And despite the lack of the Utah symphony orchestra, due to covid, the evening was awesome.


Time Magazine – The Worlds Greatest Places 2022

Second is Park City – https://time.com/collection/worlds-greatest-places-2022/6194448/park-city-utah/

And then people ask why we want to come here for so long.




Usual lazy start to the day and then we drive up to the transit centre to pick up a free bus to silver lake. Explore the various potential hike start points for future hikes.

Catch a free ride down to Snowpark and then wendy has lunch on the deck of the Deer Valley Plaza. Pleasant location overlooking the lake.

Quiet afternoon.

Then in the evening there’s an urgent weather warning of high winds and thunder storms – likely structural damage, take cover in inside downstairs room, wow. Storm passes us by.


Devon passes his archery course so now we’ll be able to go to archery together.




Mike’s 80th birthday party.

Up early ready to lead one of my favourite hikes around Masonic Hill. Done it once already this year but I’m sure its got longer nad steeper. Think it may be that I’m still at sea level. Well I just about survived but get home like a drowned rat covered in sweat. Even at 09:00 it’s too hot to be walking.

Lazy afternoon and then in the evening we drive up to the Glenwild gated community to Mike’s 80th birthday hosted by his sister in her amazing house. The Glenwild estate is the best gated community I’ve ever been on.

A great evening. We really enjoyed it and what a friendly bunch of family and friends Mike has. No hairs and graces and so easy to get on with.


How awesome to have such a great evening at Mike’s 80th birthday, he’s such a good friend.


A gentle bike ride down the rail trail with Howard followed by coffee and a chance to put the World to rights.

In the evening we go round to L&M for dinner, Jeri and Diane join us. What awesome company.


This place is amazing great outdoors; so many awesome American friends; great company; great dinners with friends; Hiking; biking; shooting; kayaking; ten pin bowling. As one friend summed it all up such awesome camaraderie.


Michael and I load up the bikes and head down to Orem to do the bike ride up Provo Canyon past Bridal falls and meet Laurie and Wendy for a picnic at Vivian Park. Then ride the bike back down. It’s hotter than the hinges of hell.

Target shooting with Joe at tea time and then it’s a quiet evening in – no alcohol.


The Provo canyon bike ride has to be the best ever. Awesome shaded bike path and indescribable mountain scenery and of course the Bridal Falls. How can we be so lucky.


How we enjoyed the concert.

Of course it wouldn’t be Thursday without bowling.

In the evening we head off down to the Mirror Lake diner with Laurie and Michael followed by the concert on the lawn at the Dejoria Centre. Haven’t a clue who was playing, best not to give them a name. Despite the music a great evening.

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20220708 – Back In Paradise


Lazy start to the day. Bob prepares breakfast burritos.

Set off for a long drive up to Las Vegas. It’s been an awesome week. The best 4th of July ever and our friends pulled out all the stops to make the whole week special. Thank you.

It’s a 6 hour drive to our stop over at a Best Western in Henderson.

Arrived in Las Vegas after a 6 hour drive from San Diego following a great week with some awesome friends. Never a dull moment and a 4th of July to remember.

So are the flags at half mast because of Boris’s resignation?

Stop over night in Henderson, Las Vegas. No we’re not on the strip, thank the FSM, but had to go into a local casino in order to get Wendy a Subway. Just 6 hours and we’ll be home Saturday.

As luck would have it there’s a White Castles just around the corner. So it’s a haute cuisine tea tonight, a fantastic way to celebrate Junk Food Month.




I’m awake at 05:00 so we set off early to avoid major road works around mesquite. Stop off at an All-American diner in cedar city for an all-American breakfast. Celebrating junk food month yet again – wot no Diet.

Home sweet home at last. 750 miles about 11 hours driving.

Time to enjoy an afternoon cuppa before we gird our loins, and do battle with them supermarket trolleys. Passport ready for the liquor store to prove we’re over 21.

A pleasant German beer and some wine before an early night.


We’re home.




Why are the flags at half mast?

Leisurely morning after our marathon journey.

Slow walk round to the supermarket. Slow because of the heat.

Forest fires on the way home.

Pick up my bikes from Ruths and have a good chinwag.

Mike and Laurie pop round. Long time no see. Great to see them again.

Another great German beer and some wine in the evening sat out on the deck.


When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:
(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill – beer in hand.
Here comes the important part:
More routine….
(5) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.
(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
Important again:
More routine….(The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.
(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
And most important of all:
(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ‘her day off.’ And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women…


Ruth has saved me some Vodka Jello shots from their 4th July celebration. Wouldn’t be the 4th without them.

Another lazy start. Nip round to the Christian Centre to sort out Wendy’s volunteering.

Then I’m off to the liquor store, passport at the ready, to top up the wine stocks and some of that awesome Basil Haydn Dark Rye. Of course I’d forgot that being a State liquor store they have to have their lie in bed and can’t be arsed opening until 11:00.

Deer considering whether to cross Kearns Boulevard. Don’t do it.

Then we’re off to Costco – abandon hope all yea who enter there – for a major shop. Wow, that was expensive, but hopefully, most of it will last for 3 months.

Start my diet so it’s steak and salad for tea. Alas, no wine or other tasty drink. It’s a great diet – Full Diet – but lack of some tasty drinks like ginger beer or alcohol is a bummer.




I’m skulking at the front.

Up at the crack of sparrows ready to lead an Easy Hike around Snowtop. 8 of us, not a bad turnout. Weather is perfect for such an easy hike.


The joy of an easy hike in Park City with a lot of old acquaintances. My philosophy is simple, I go for an easy hike and bike ride at least once a week so why not do it for the Park City Mountain Sports Club and meet people?


Christian Centre. Wendy’s happy she can be on the checkin desk again. Keeps her occupied Mondays and Fridays.

Lazy morning.

Then a stroll around to the supermarket, the highlight of the day.

In the evening I pick Joe up and we go shooting at the Kamas Lions gun range. It’s hotter than the Devil’s armpits.


The joy of the forbidden fruit, the gun range. The Kamas Lions do a great job.


Well they’ve had soaring temperature records in the Uk and look waht the Lemmings do. Why would anyone want to suffer this, must be dubmer than a box of rocks.


Lazy start. then Wendy and I are off to Heber for bowling. Well I go bowling with Mike and Joe while Wendy goes shopping.

Nip round to the Sportsmens Warehouse to buy some 9mm ammunition.

Wot, no free cannabis samples!

After tea, we set off to the free concert on the lawn at the Dejoria Centre. Wot no alcohol allowed, spoils it, just greed on their part. In the good old days, it was great to just bring a picnic and a bottle of wine to enjoy. Made even the worst performers tolerable. Lovely setting but the groups are pretty naff, would have needed wine and lashings of bourbon to survive them. Leave after an hour.


If ever anyone is batty enough to ask us why we spend so much time here in paradise, these two pictures just give you a clue as to one of the many reasons.

A typical week in Belthorn.

And now a typical week in Park City.

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