Sunday, 24 June 2018
|We took the Canadian canoe to Chertsey, in Surrey, for a quick burn (paddle). Back to our old haunts. I met Husband when he was living in Weybridge, just up the road. And I was living in a Chertsey bedsit, and home was in Sunbury, further upriver.|
As husband said: 'Blonde bird driving a speedboat -
what's not to like?!'
Managed to snap this bird by accident!
|The upper stretch|
|What you can't hear is the traffic literally just through trees to the left, from the M3 heading into London you'd |
believe you're in the depths of the
And back again! Encountered swan family and cygnets.
Didn't want to risk their wrath so turned round.
Paddled upriver to Weybridge, Surrey, to see the
riverside house Husband shared with mates during
And there's Husband's house - the one with scaffolding,
|Husband looked at the map and determined that this was, indeed, the house he lived in during the seventies for ten months. Freezing during the winter! At this point we turned round and paddled home. Knackered but happy. |
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : LESLIE TATE - AUTHOR AND POET: LESLIE TATE - AUTHOR AND POET I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Leslie Tate , author and poet, a while ago: Jo C...
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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Sunday, 17 June 2018
Wild West History: Lola Montez: Beauty and Song in the Old West: Lola Montez (de:Gouache by Carl Buchner, 1847. Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain. Lola Montez is known as the "first tabloid c...