May 23, 2008



Oh Dear Jaimie!!! How can you eveer forgive us for not putting an entry in the blog celebrating your birthday? Well, you know how we feel as we did speak to you to ttell you how much we love you. Promise we won't forget ever again

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The problems of updating the computer and the resultant non-compatibility with Neilís new server have meant that I have been unable to create a photo album for my blog. This means that for the time being you will have to settle for a few integral pictures.

This is the reason that I have not posted an article about our recent trip to Central Europe where we visited Budapest, Vienna and Prague. We ere very lucky to choose that one week when the sun shone without a break and we did not once have to wear a coat1

We were worried in the first instance as we were departing via Terminal 5, but it was almost deserted as the photo shows and all went smoothly.
Heathrow Terminal 5 - nearly empty!

Nina described Budapest as being a city of 'Faded Grandeur'. Although in receipt of a lot of funds from the EU, they have not yet learned how to spend it, as opposed to the updating and cleaning up of Vienna and Prague. We very much enjoyed this city despite the way the Hungarians seem to continually putting themselves down. In particular, we were very moved by the history of the Jewish community of the country. We enjoyed a tour of the synagogue, the largest in Europe, and the surrounding Jewish quarter.
Dohany St. Synagogue - The Great Synagogue

Pictures of Budapest can be viewed here.

To be continued...............

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May 02, 2008


We returned last night from our annual 4 day trip to the Cotswolds. As usual we were based at the Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton. This is, of course, the home of the Pudding Club and 41 people returned additionally weighted by excess intake of pudding! I suppose that a certain amount of avoirdupois was shed during the visits to various houses and gardens and a day following Nina shopping in Stratford-upon-Avon. The weather was not very kind to us but here are a few of the better pictures taken on the trip.
Mistletoe in Chipping Camden

Mill Dene Gardens

Sezincote House

Stratford's Fool

Shadows at Kelmscott Manor House

Nina at grave of William Morris

Greeting on Arrival Home

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