Friday, September 28, 2012



Love this pic taken in Menorca years ago, will have to work it out... all of them so grown up now.

Gabriella at Winchester Uni - Jack at Sixth Form and Emily last year at school.

Goes too quick.


The town of Ostersund where John, Fia and family live.  It is beautiful and so peaceful, this is a summer view, of course in the winter there is snow snow and snow.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ciutadella de Menorca

It looks like all we did was eat, but  no we slept too.

We are about to eat lobster paella, superb it was too.
Spanish Omelette cooked to perfection - recipe coming for the 'Adrienne Ome'
 Take four medium potatoes, peel and put in a large pan witha little  oil and garlic, cook until tender and all the oil is used up.
 Beat five eggs and pour potato mixture into eggs, stir gently once and carefully tip mixture into omelette pan (hot) and leave for about two minutes, turn over on to a plate and do the same, leave for 2 minutes.
If it this is wrong Adrienne will  soon email me to change it - so keep an eye out.

Rather a large prawn here or is  it crayfish?
Eating at the Bahia overlooking a lovely bay with our friends, could not do better on a September Sunday.

We look healthy, if I say it myself, Menorca agrees with us, but not the heat...


Our family group on a very warm Sunday afternoon at Warbrook House Hotel in Eversley.

In the group are-

Brian and Christine, Doreen and Bernard, nephew Ian and wife Jenny.
Louise and Neal. Jo Ann and Ellie. Lynda, Ben and Gabriella. Joanne with David, Billy and Harry, and Cristina and Neil.  Damien, Becky with Isabella and Tabitha.  Hayley and Des with Jack and Emily (Freddie is hiding). 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

London - Paris

This a strange thing - I am having to learn this all over...

OK can you see Brian helping himself to breakfast at the Waldorf?  And before you ask, no we are not  made of money,

I used a website that offers mystery hotels at bargain prices and we got this one,  all for less than  Ibis!

Pork pate on cabbage with jus - lovely, best pate ever.

Paris of course.

Getting up to date

Brian's 79th birthday treat.  A few nights in London at the Waldorf, plus an evening at the theatre, 'Woman in Black' and then on to Paris for three nights.

We met up with a distant cousin called Christine, related from Beck's side way back. She kindly took this picture.

We seem to be having a rather busy summer what with short breaks instead of a longer one. I think Brian prefers this anyway, he loves changes of scenery.

I think I have almost forgotten how to write these things. I have been writing fiction and not blogging...

I can't believe we have been in Hartley Wintney for three and a half years now.  I have just started my fourth year teaching creative writing for U3A - I didn't think I  would last that long but hey the students want to continue so I do too.

I also still work one afternoon a week at our charity shop and one Saturday in four, Brian is enjoying his afternoons too, different from mine though!

Another thing I do is write for the local magazine, I have a piece each month and a deadline to meet.

And one more, I am on the Care Team taking phone calls from older people wanting transport to and from appointments, arranging this for them.

So am I writing the novel. Yes I am.

Next week.

Jubilee Day



So here I go after nearly two years of silence.

We were in Paris last September 2011, our favourite city, well mine anyway.  I know Brian's favourite is Barcelona, followed perhaps by Paris, then Sydney.

We went to Paris again this summer in August
Brian is choosing books from Shakespeare's  bookshop. One of our stops in Paris and a coffee taken nearby.

I am waiting outside a restaurant near out hotel, don't like the look on my face though!