Visit to Ireland July 2011

At the end of May my father and I took a two week trip to Western Ireland. It was the first time that either of us had visited Ireland, and although many things were expected, I learned a lot more about the country and felt something of the unique spirit of the place. After reading … Read more

Visit to Kent – April 2011

Last Week my father and I stayed in a pleasant cottage near Headcorn in the Weald of Kent.  We visited a number of places that were familiar to my father from the time when he lived in Gillingham and, with my mother, cycled all over the county.  We visited many of his old haunts – … Read more

Cesar Manrique February 2011

Window and lava

In December my father and I visited Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands. Every day we visited one or another of the works of Cesar Manrique. The island has been very strongly influenced by the painter, sculptor, architect, landscape designer, and town planner.

Visit to Norway – August 2010

I have just returned from an eight day cruise to Norway with my father. I think the Fjords were even more beautiful than I expected them to be and the country itself was very clean, ordered and pretty. It reminded me of the best of New England – both in the neat small towns and … Read more

Red Sea Cruise – December 2009

During the first two weeks of December I accompanied my father on a cruise of the Red Sea. We flew to Al Akabah in Jordan and sailed to Safaga, Egypt from where we drove across the mountains and desert to the Nile Valley to visit Karnak, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. In Sudan … Read more

Christmas and Wild Orchids – January 2009

I arrived in Bristol to spend Christmas and New Year with my father. We ate well and had a few glasses of wine but otherwise it was a quiet time. The main event was a visit to the Royal Photographic Society Headquarters in Bath to see an exhibition of a selection of the hundreds of … Read more