A Return to North America – Awakening

The need for political change

Travel is one thing, which we love but so also is the state of political crisis in the United States that flows over to Canada and the rest of the world. Over the coming weeks we will write our assessment of what is going on in the United States. It is dire.

In the meantime we urge you to listen and support a U.S. activist and blogger, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.

Some Images of New York

New York – We didn’t fall in love with it.  Of course a city of nine million people can’t be given due credit in one visit or a few lines.

At it’s worst it is a monument to American brash capitalism, with the worship of money and all things glitzy.  Times Square – a bunch of corporate flashing lights to keep the population dull and mesmerized.  But there are beautiful spots such as the wonderful former railway viaduct that has been turned into a raised walkway through the city – the High Line, and of course the beauty of Central Park.

It lacked the ease of public transportation offered by Paris and London, as well as the depth of history each of those other cities offer.

And of course it is the home of that American demagogue – Donald Trump truly an ugly blight on the world’s landscape.

Our family’s connection to New York – Heather’s grandfather worked at the New York Times, and my son’s grandfather lived in New York for a period when he helped restructure the New York Public Library.

The image of Trump in a residential window with the words ‘LOCK HIM UP’
A New York resident’s window reflecting the views of many in the world as we see the flaws revealed in the U.S. Constitution

A tiny portion of the wonderful High Line – a railway viaduct converted to a walkway that cuts through Manhattan.





The home of the venerable New York Times



Yes there are big buildings in New York’s Manhattan district.


Coney Island


Icon of the main religion in New York City with worshippers



A Little Late

A week in New York followed by a few weeks moving to Penticton …a challenge for our time.  Coming up Heather’s final drumming circle in Bournemouth, and New York City.

A New York state of mind – someone’s residence in New York City



Garry having a much needed beer in Bryant Park behind New York Public Library — the books of the library are stored beneath the park.




It’s 1 A.M. and time to head home from New York to Vancouver on Philippine Airlines

Heather, Central Park




Goodbye United Kingdom

A sad day as we prepare for our departure.  We will be happy to be back in Canada, but we are leaving so much behind.  From the beautiful trees, to the Brits subtle sense of humour, to it’s great history and chaotic present…not to mention easy access to visit Sean and Jessica in Germany.

Currently awaiting that FedEx parcel person to pick up some rather large and heavy boxes.

A sad day.

We are in Madrid tomorrow night, then a week in New York before flying home.



Land’s End, St. Ives, Falmouth, Penzance and Mousehole England

Of course when I went to the car rental agency they gave me a ‘big’ car for the tiny roads of Cornwall.

We used Falmouth as our base for exploring the southwest, from Land’s End, Penzance to a wonderfully named village, ‘Mousehole’.  [Where a grocery store on High Street carries the name, what else,…’hole foods’.]

Cornwall with it’s lush vegetation was a delight to the eyes with stunning landscapes and flowers.

A challenge were some of the roads.  Reverse is the most useful gear when encountering a large oncoming caravan, with nowhere to go but back for a quarter mile.

At that point it was time to long for the wide roads and open spaces of Canada — but not too much.

Hmm…time for reverse. Unfortunately the green vegetation hides the stone fences, so reverse is the alternative to scraping the side of the car. As usual English drivers were patient and, of course, polite.  In this case it was the other driver’s turn to back up.  Thanks to Surinder for this picture taken using her phone.

Not sure if we can squeeze past this one or not — on the other hand never argue with a sewage truck.

Wedding Day in England

Today was a warm sunny day in England, a great day for a wedding.   We watched the wedding of Harry and Meghan on television then had to leave home early for Heather’s choir to sing at one of the many hundreds street parties held throughout England, this one in Southbourne.  We were joined by a visitor from Regina, Colleen Slater-Smith.  And we were also joined by our landlords, who joined us for the street party.

We have loved the British sense of community with many get-togethers, and a royal wedding is a great reason for a street celebration.  These are some of the photos from the day that capture some of spirit of the community and of England.


The Choir




Heather with the choir

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