Monthly Archives: November 2011

Charlie the Photographer

As promised, here’s a collection of Charlie’s photographs.  He has a tendency to tilt to the left or right when taking pictures, but has an eye for architecture, candid shots, and, well, his own eye.  (See below.)  Some personal favorites … Continue reading

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National Maritime Museum

High on GranDurkee’s to-see list was the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.  The observatory there dates back to the 1600s and, by definition, lies on the prime meridian.  The museum is also home to John Harrison‘s revolutionary chronometers, H1, H2, … Continue reading

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Blean Church and St. Augustine’s Abbey

Between trips to Dover, we took advantage of the lovely weather and went for a long stroll in and around Canterbury.  We started out near Blean, between Whitstable and Canterbury, so GranMary and GranDurkee could see the the ancient church … Continue reading

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Dover with GranMary and GranDurkee

We were anxious to take GranMary and GranDurkee to see Dover Castle, as it’s a great way to see 2000 years of history at a single site. In addition to the medieval castle, there’s a Roman-era lighthouse and an old … Continue reading

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GranMary and GranDurkee Visit

Charlie and Flora were overjoyed at the arrival of their GranMary and GranDurkee last week. (Flora wanted to watch the sky for airplanes once she heard they were en-route.) The kids waited anxiously out in the garden for the car … Continue reading

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Hawes: A cracking idea for a Grand Day Out

As Wallace says in A Grand Day Out, “Gromit, that’s it! Cheese! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!” As loyal Wallace & Gromit fans (especially the kids), we couldn’t pass up a pilgrimage to the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.  Hawes … Continue reading

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Malham and Janet’s Foss

Perhaps one of the most extraordinary days we’ve spent so far in England was in Malham, North Yorkshire.  We hired a local taxi from our home base of Settle to drive us up the hill to Malham Village as the … Continue reading

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