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Jul 22, 2013 - Turning 65 in Plymouth, England

Such an auspicious date today! No, not only because of the relatively minor matter of a future king of ‘Britain and the Commonwealth’ being born, but because today is the day I turn 65. Hello-o-o-o-o-o gold card, free ferry trips, lower property taxes, etc. etc!!!!! (Oh, okay, and a very, very tiny hello to looking forward to more kinks and aches and pains and groans, etc.) Whoever would have thought when I left Britain 40 years ago that I would be back in Britain to celebrate turning 65? Not I! It was purely coincidental, but that's a...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Plymouth - my old "home town"

Can you believe it???? When we woke up this morning it was absolutely pouring - a torrential downpour! The day we left Edinburgh (July 5th, I think) the sun came out and we’ve had spectacular weather ever since and the day after Bruce’s ride ends, it rains. Someone is obviously living righteously, but I would not have guessed that it’s Bruce! It didn’t rain for too long though. By the time we’d had breakfast it was clearing and there was just a bit of overcast. I commented that it was too bad that St. Michael’s Mount would be partially...

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Jun 17, 2013 - on the way to Wales

This island can be walked to at low tide. Visible form the train on the way to Plymouth. Also visible an the hop on hop off bus route. did I say the bus operates as a normal bus for the locals. It just does the circuit (one going both ways)every two hours. After all the advice from my two travelling companions on the way down, but poor internet access, and no printing, I decided Id go to the Station and let the experts do my tickets and route for Wales. I ended up with 5 changes! Lots more than the men had thought I'd need. Later I did...

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Oct 20, 2011 - Plymouth

Tony had a day off to explore and decided on Plymouth, a cheap off peak return was just £9.50, and another £3 for an all day bus pass. There is a naval base there (Devonport) and Plymouth is also the port that the Mayflower left from in 1620 to sail to America. In 1839 the Tory left here for New Plymouth, NZ (for those that don't know, Tony was born in New Plymouth). The train took about an hour and a half, got there about 11am and used the bus pass to head into the city centre’ Tony could have walked it, but it was hard to tell how far the...

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Sep 1, 2011 - Plymouth

After leaving Bath we head south to Glastonbury headed along what i can describe as how i imaged England's countryside to be, a patchwork of fields and colours, high hedge's and narrow roads and that is just what it was today. We stopped in Glastonbury to visit the Abbey, which was the first church in Eruope to be built above ground. It is mainly ruins today, but you can picture how it would have been if still standing and complete today. King Arthur is buryed in the Abbey. We continue south to the martime city of Plymouth, a new city...

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May 6, 2011 - Plymouth and surrounds

Firstly we venture to St German and Torpoint – from where we can see Devonport and some of the British naval vessels. At torpoint we see the naval training college HMS Raleigh. Amuses us all the names that are so familiar from home. Here we have Launceston which is on the Tamar River – only here it is pronounced Lanston. Margate, Kettering, Devonport etc. Then to a park and ride where we leave Pierre and catch a bus into Plymouth. We shop in Marks and Spencers and then enjoy a wander around the water front, taking in the memorials, and then...

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May 5, 2011 - Down the Cornish Coast

Today we head out to visit some of the Cornwall coastal areas. Our first stop a small village called Boscastle. A very narrow entrance to the harbour – difficult to imagine sailing vessels getting through. Apparently a rowing boat manned by six rowers used to lead the vessels through. Think they used ropes to pull them out when they set sail again. We walk up the cliffs to see the coastal views. The wind blowing so hard it almost knocked me over when I stood to take a photo. We travel further down the Cornwall coast to part of the coast...

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Mar 2, 2011 - Devon & Cornwall

Mum is now home from hospital and recovering well from her operation. She had a check up this week and the doctor is very pleased with her. She starts her physio next week. Linda, my sister, stayed to help Dad care for Mum for a few days. It was lovely of her to take the time off from work and leave her family to fend for themselves. Thank you Linda. Paul and I resumed our travels by heading back to the south coast. We had an appointment in Poole to have a tow bar fitted on the motor home in case we decide to tow a car. We stayed on a...

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Sep 12, 2010 - Cornish excursion

This morning I woke up at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep! I felt a bit hung over which was strange because I'd only had 2 drinks.. maybe I didn't drink enough water. I ended up taking a Zofran to make me feel drowsy and ended up getting another hour of sleep. I awoke from a very strange and disturbing dream. The weirdest part about the dream was that I felt as though I was only half asleep, which may have been the case. Strange themes of the dream included my work collegue giving birth to quintuplets, Mandy renting out our spare bedroom...

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Mar 31, 2010 - Wed 31 - to Plymouth and back

Buckland Abbey, Plymouth, Launceston to Oke Today we were snowed on, hailed on, rained on, blown away (by the freezing wind) and sunshined - all the winter seasons in one day. The top temperature reached a massive 9.5 degrees C, the low point 1degree C. I thought at one point ‘I’ll never complain about another Ballarat winter’ but I know I will so I’ll leave it unsaid. This grand abbey was once the home of Sir Francis Drake. Set up by Cistercian monks, it was wrested from them by good old Henry VIII (who hated the catholic church) and...

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Feb 23, 2010 - The Band

This town singer songwriter was a group who formed a band a few years ago. Josh, Liam, George, and Carl. I had a great time doing a photo shoot with them because they all had such individual personalities and we're not afraid to be themselves. Their song was titled No Sympathy. It was a rock out song about taking charge of your life and not giving excuses for the mistakes you have made.

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Feb 23, 2010 - Plymouth

We pulled into the drive and were immediately greeted with a smile filled with excitement, joy, and kindness. This was the Young American’s first time at Tamarside College in Plymouth. The staff was so incredible and really willing to learn and jump in with the workshop to experience what their kids were going through. Tamarside is known in the area as a very rough school in fact everyone that I mention that I was working with kids at Tamarside, they all seemed to cringe and apologize but I found these kids to be far from rough. Yes they...

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