Monthly Archives: October 2019

20190911 – France, At The Caravan In Normandy

Well again there’s no daily blog on this trip. Instead I’ve just done the main photos from our French trip to the caravan in Normandy. Sadly in no particular order. France like America is now so much part of our daily life that we no longer really treat it as a holiday, just somewhere we go to live for a month or so each year. But my blogs important if just for an aide memoire of what we did. Through my blog that we can find out what we actually did. One of the problems when you can’t even remember what you had for breakfast and I’m sure when we’re sat in the old folks home, drooling and waiting for the grim reaper it’ll come in even more handy.

Here goes with a picture blog to remind us, no rants or raves, just pictures with some captions.

A semaphore station near Cap Levi on the Cherbourg peninsula. There’s a lot of them around.

Awesome coastal walk near Jobourg on the Cherbourg peninsular.

Coastal walk.

More of our coastal walk.

Granville on a grey day.

Harbour at Port Bail.

Relaxing with early morning coffee and papers. More depressing news from the treacherous clowns in the big chattering house. When will they do as they have been told and get us out?

And to see just how bad the weather can be click here –

New blow up awning. Easy to blow up but you still have to crawl around for an hour trying to peg it out.

Call in to see Brett and Karine on the way back from France. Visit to Windsor Castle. Well worth it even if the staff are somewhat arrogant and truculent.

Sadly her majesty didn’t pop out to welcome us. Still going strong though. Heaven knows how she puts up with the treacherous self serving MP’s. She should sack the lot of them for failing to deliver what they were instructed to do by the public. They really do seem to have got above themselves and forgot democracy and that they are there to serve the people.

Windsor Castle.

St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

If ever you go to St Georges Chapel just look at the exquisite minuscule wood carving under the chairs and around the pews. They’re called misericords and each tells a story.

Finally on the way home we make an awesome pilgrimage to the hallowed grounds of Bletchley Park. One of the birthplaces of computers and an enormous contribution to our 2nd World War effort, estimates reckon that their codebreaking efforts shortened the war by 2 years. Sadly did not get to see Colossus, but can look forward to that in a return visit – Wendy will be ecstatic.
Whilst the birthplace of modern computers with the rise of artificial intelligence and the approach of the singularity – when they’re finally smarter than us – will it also be seen as the birth place of the demise of the human race?

An Enigma Coding machine.

One of the original Bomb machines (early electro mechanical computer) used to help crack the Enigma codes.

Statue of Alan Turing, the genius who founded modern computing and so much more. Just pause a moment and consider how life would be without modern computers. Sadly he committed suicide at an early age. Who knows what else he would have gone on to develop.

Well France may be ok but paradise in the Fall just has such awesome colours. Has to be on my bucket list.

20190601 – Park City For Summer. Then A Wedding In St Louis

Well there’s no daily blog on this trip as I’m just too busy, so much to do. Just see my typical week here which helps explain how busy we are and why we love Park City so much.

A typical week for us in PC.

Plus I’ve managed to recapture the joy of reading, admittedly mostly non-fiction these days. Instead I’ve just done the main photos from our summer in Park City and then Paul and Mels wedding week in St Louis. Sadly in no particular order.

I realised how important my blog was to us when I tried to remember what we’d done last time we were in St Louis. It was only through my blog that we could find out what we’d actually done and all the photos were of. One of the problems when you can’t even remember what you had for breakfast.

Here goes with a picture blog to remind us of a most awesome summer, no rants or raves, just pictures with some captions.

Jasper just loved his Friday bowling session with the geriatrics from the Newcomers Club. Such enthusiasm inspired us all.

Early morning bike ride to the white barn with my daughter-in-law.

1812 Overture concert at Deer Valley outdoor venue, complete with real cannons and not forgetting picnic, approved low chairs and of course wine.

Oh she’s back again.

Introduce Jasper to all the fun of the Heber City Rodeo. Just love it.

Fiona gets her gun. Wait until you see her with an AR15.

Kayaking on the Jordanelle as a volunteer with the National Ability Centre

Hiking with our friends the Schmitts.

Leading a weekly Leisure Bike ride with the Park City Mountain Sports Club (PCMSC).

Dinner with good friends at an authentic American diner. Great food, awesome atmosphere and excellent company.

Bike ride with Mike down the Provo River trail. Awesome ride and spectacular views.

Another one of my many early morning bike rides with Fiona.

Hike to the top of the ski jump.

Olympic ski jump.

4th July parade. Just love how they respect their troops and veterans. Pity Englands forgot ours.

Target practice. Make my day.

Deer Valley free concert. Car park this week as the grass is too wet. Never mind we still have wine.

Jasper enjoys the free outdoor water park down at the Basin Recreation.

Leading a weekly leisure hike.

Best ribs in Salt Lake.

Pickleball every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Awesome game.

PCMSC 4th July Barbecue.

More Deer Valley concerts. This time in first class seats with Ruth and Mark.

View from the front.

Kayaking with Jasper.

Hiking with Kurt.

Jaspers first hike in the mountains. He did well.

All the fun of the Coalville parade. Whatever happened to parades in England. Gone the way of all our traditions. I wonder why?

Freebies from the Coalville parade.

Fun in the Jacuzzi.

Kayaking with the NAC.

Our home for June through August in 2020.

Shooting with the Johnsons in Saint Louis.

Visit to the Arch in St Louis complete with Beatrix and her doll.

In the train to the top of the St Louis Arch.

St Louis Arch.

Paul and Melanies wedding in St Louis.

St Louis wedding.

St Louis wedding evening do.

Wendy gets ready for brandy and flight.