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Oman #5 – A Fort, firearms and flowers

Dear friends, After the fascinating morning at the goat market I wrote about in the last blog, we also spent time in the wider market and then visited the Nizwa's Round Tower Fort. Later, we walked through a fascinating hillside village and then settled into a wonderful 'eco-luxe' hotel for the night called 'The View', [...]

Oman #3 – Dishdasha, desert and dunes

Dear friends, The day we made the Wahiba Sands crossing was wonderful - the stark beauty of the desert, a few camels, a little excitement and thrills as we did some 'dune bashing', sunset on the dunes, dinner under the stars and a full moon, with music and chilled wine. Ancient and modern, practical and [...]

Revisiting the Solomon Islands, 50 years on #2

Dear friends, As promised, here is a quick look at a trip I made out of Honiara along the north coast to Lela Beach to check out a weaving festival which I saw advertised around town.  The site was right on the beach and not so many people around in the morning although I gather [...]

Revisiting the Solomon Islands, 50 years on #1

Dear friends, This month I had the wonderful experience of revisiting the Solomon Islands, fifty years after I taught there as a young volunteer.  I spent a couple of days in Honiara, exploring the city, meeting a few people who have been my contacts, visiting the local market and a weaving festival. Honiara was buzzing [...]

Bromont, Quebec, Canada #1

Dear friends, One of the highlights of my North American trip was to be able to attend the wedding celebrations of a dear colleague and friend Andrée to her charming partner Denis.  Together with a few other Red Cross colleagues we spent several days with Andrée and Denis at their home in Bromont, Quebec, and then joined [...]

Montreal, Quebec, Canada #1

Dear Friends, A brief visit to the wonderful city of Montreal gave me a chance to shoot a few photos of buildings and graffiti around town and to enjoy a little of the Summer Music Festival. The city is celebrating its 375th anniversary.  The mighty St Lawrence River close to Montreal. Approaching the city of [...]

Vancouver Island, BC, Canada #2

Dear friends, On Canada Day, this year celebrating 150 years, we began of course with a truly Canadian breakfast - pancakes, bacon, maple syrup and strawberries - YUM! We were joined by another old primary school friend, Judi and her husband Tim.  I had found an old school photo from 60 years ago, and Pauline, [...]

NZ Road Trip #15

Dear friends, North, south, east, west ....  this last post about our great New Zealand Road trip, is to share some highlights, make some observations and thank all my friends and family who made it such a fun, fascinating and fabulous trip.  We travelled through both the South and North Islands and covered some 10,000 [...]