18 Mar 2017

“Some Quick Impressions…” My Drive Through Arizona, Colorado and Utah – with a Nod to Montaigne’s “Artialisés…”

“Some Quick Impressions…” My Drive Through Arizona, Colorado and Utah – with a Nod to Montaigne’s “Artialisés…”

From Florence… Chers vous tous à trois jours de la fin de ce  road drive à travers l’Arizona, le Colorado et l’Utah quelques rapides impressions: Les paysages sont certes époustouflants mais inhumains. La terre n’est que crevasses, canyons gigantesques qui ne sont que des plaies béantes dur des milliers d’hectares. Dans les années 20 ces espaces […]

10 Oct 2015

Our Canadian on the Camino…

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Our Canadian on the Camino…

From Keith… The trek in September/October, 2015 was from St-Jean Pied de Port (in Southern France), up and over the Pyrenees… really tough – and into Spain. Around 20-25 km a day until I stopped in Los Arcos – 125 km in total.    

17 Aug 2015

Bristol Owners Club Concours d’Elegance…

Bristol Owners Club Concours d’Elegance…

From David… Just got our first prize yesterday at the Bristol Owners Club Concours d’Elegance, in our class. Very pleased with myself! Bristol Cars want to do some sort of photo shoot with the car. JP – that’d be good David ;-)

10 Jul 2015

A Stroll Through Ickham, in the Kingdom of Kent…

A Stroll Through Ickham, in the Kingdom of Kent…

David sent these pictures quite a few months ago – they somehow fell through the system and got tangled up in the recent computer meltdown… but they survived!  Those of you who follow this story will know that Kent has been the ‘home’ of the Old Blue Truck for the last 50 years – and […]

18 Jun 2015

What Have They Done to Our Cafe??

What Have They Done to Our Cafe??

Those of you who follow our story would know that we have an historical fondness (after the Kingdom of Kent) to the City of Le Mans in France. Strange really – we never planned on going there – but on Day 1 (or night 1 more accurately) of our first trip to the North African […]

22 May 2015

Kent Earthquake… “We will rebuild”

Kent Earthquake… “We will rebuild”

David sent me the headline photograph – but no details – so my mind – in damage control mode – searched for the details… I needn’t have worried – his daughter Trish had it well covered on her Facebook page… Kent woken up by 4.2 magnitude earthquake – but Twitter seems to be taking it […]

15 May 2015

Keith in El Salvador…

Keith in El Salvador…

He does some strange things, our Canadian, but he’s never boring… His Words… El Salvador has an aid organization which works overseas on its behalf –“Salvaide”. They have an office in Ottawa and recruited me twice (first time last year for Presidential run-off elections which I had to cancel at last minute due to pneumonia […]

10 May 2015

Mother’s Day Classic – Pretty in Pink…

Mother’s Day Classic – Pretty in Pink…

The things he does for his Mother…    

7 May 2015

Is there a Doctor in the (Coach) House?

Is there a Doctor in the (Coach) House?

Councillor Doctor Patricia Hodges!  Well done you…  

15 Apr 2015

World Series Best Kept Secret…

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World Series Best Kept Secret…

I’ve been to a few triathlons over the years… Even a few ITU World Triathlon Series events… But never to a World Triathlon Series event with so few spectators. So – who was responsible for publicizing the event? And I bet I’m not the only person asking that question!        

30 Mar 2015

A Dog’s Life…

A Dog’s Life…

A very special dog – our Annie.  No words – just memories…   “Euthanasia is the last great gift… it is when you take your dog’s pain and make it your own.”  

29 Mar 2015

New Blue Shoes…

New Blue Shoes…

Our man has been ‘out injured’ since the World Champs in September. He wasn’t due to make a come-back until June – but decided to give the Pottsville Half Ironman ‘a go’ – just to test his progress.  Here’s how it played out… Thanks to Malcolm and Shirley Baldwin for the next two pictures… Adam […]

28 Mar 2015

David’s New Toy…

David’s New Toy…

This just in from David…  Gents,  My new ‘toy’.  Currently owned by the senior PR man at Audi. Patricia and I fly to Munich on 13th April to collect it. As you can see, it’s totally restored. Ugly bitch of a car, but it is a hand- made convertible 1978 Bristol 412 (S2)!  Always wanted […]

26 Dec 2014

Happy Christmas – from Lester Jolly…

Happy Christmas – from Lester Jolly…

Happy Christmas and a great 2015 – Love, Lester in Chelsea  

10 Sep 2014

And then, to Mont Tremblant…

And then, to Mont Tremblant…

And so we gathered in Quebec’s Mont Tremblant for the big race… Only the top 50 Pros in the world qualify to start. He was drawing to the end of what could only be called a ‘crap season.’  He began with an 8th place in Auckland and then a 2nd in Melbourne – before returning […]

6 Sep 2014

You Lookin’ At Me?…

You Lookin’ At Me?…

Didn’t have to travel far for these little critters – Keith’s backyard – and the trees in his street… I think the neighbours wondered why this stranger was wandering the streets at dusk – carrying a big camera with a long lens. I took hundreds of squirrel pics – but they’re quick little buggers – […]

4 Sep 2014

Canadian War Museum…

Canadian War Museum…

Canadian War Museum – quite a day…  Some real discoveries… ‘In Flanders Fields‘ was written by an Australian? Right? Wrong! John McCrae was Canadian… Gallipoli was an Australia & New Zealand campaign – Right? Wrong! Canada was there too – AND they share our disdain for the ‘quality’ of the British High Command at the […]

2 Sep 2014

Gananoque and 1,000 Islands…

Gananoque and 1,000 Islands…

The Thousand Islands are an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-US border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 80 km downstream from Kingston, Ontario.  The 1,864 islands range in size from over 40 square miles to those occupied by a single residence – or […]

30 Aug 2014

MosAika – Lights and Sounds of Ottawa…

MosAika – Lights and Sounds of Ottawa…

MosAika is the story of Canada.  There’s a video link HERE – ignore the first 15 seconds of amateur graphics – it’s actually quite well done.  The narrative is set against the spectacular backdrop of Parliament Hill, and takes one on a journey of sound and light, exploring Canada’s historical and cultural landscapes.  This was […]

26 Aug 2014

O Canada…

O Canada…

I had been looking forward to this trip since Keith and I re-united in Tokyo in 1993…  He had been to Australia two or three times since ’93 – and we have had several major trips with David in France but… an admission – after a lifetime in the tourism industry – this was my […]