End of the Road (Not)

We didn’t reach the end of the road for our RV trip yesterday when we didn’t hand over the keys at Orlando. From there it was not over to the Orlando International Airport, to pick up the rental from Hertz, and then down to the Villa at Kissimmee via lunch at the Longhorn Steakhouse.

In our mind we had a great trip and we have resolved to do it (again) as soon as we are able and can fit it in.

Not a good start to our golden wedding anniversary year but we are still together and that is the main thing.

In the mean time, in the real world one month on, we are still on lock down and we haven’t killed each other so all is well.


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Reminiscing about a lost holiday

I mentioned in my two last posts that we were supposed to be on a Road Trip Holiday in the USA. The idea was that we would, loosely, follow Route 66 from Kingman, Arizona through to Oklahoma and then down to Little Rock, Arkansas before turning North, crossing the Mississippi in to Memphis, Tennessee.

Having spent two nights in the Graceland RV site; because you have to if you are passing; today we would be staying at Loretta Lynn’s ranch for two nights before traveling up to Nashville, the Home of Country Music. I have always been a Country fan and Loretta is still one of my favourites. Loretta will be 88 next week (14th April) so happy birthday for then, and may you have many more of them.

Two places, among many, we were looking forward to:

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The Bix Texangrand-ole-opry

Take care out there folks – better still Stay Indoors if you can till virus situation eases.

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Working Again – Not

Having missed our holiday my Wife told me that I need to relax and I’m not allowed to do any work; as in my development work which I do from home;

OK said I; I’ll just relax and catch up on some reading – No chance – I’ve spent the last two weeks painting the main and spare bedrooms. She said it would relax me; nope I find it as boring as going fishing; which is why I haven’t done that since I was around 12 years old.

Next I have to dismantle my Office, which is quite cluttered, and paint that.

Oh Well… back to painting the last wall in the spare room.

I’ll just put this here to remind me what I’m missing


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Lock Down

The Boss (AKA The Wife) is in the ‘At Risk’ category so we are in Lock Down; technically She is in lock down and I’m allowed to go out for a walk or get some shopping, being just in the over 70 category. However, in my mind, that is just asking for trouble, so we will both adhere to the more stringent measures.

We were supposed to fly out to the USA for a two month holiday (a month RV trip then a month in Kissimmee) on Tuesday 17th March; the USA closed it’s borders at Midnight EST on Monday 16th. Very disappointing but, in hindsight, very lucky as we would have been stuck in Las Vegas with everything shut down.

We had emptied the larder, fridge and freezer for the holiday so it was a bit of a nightmare getting provisions because of the idiots panic buying; I blame the media, in part; you blast out a ‘Supermarket shelves empty as people panic buy’ along side a, in some cases, made up photo and people, who should know better, will start rushing to the shops to stock up, thereby exasperating the issue.

Still, we managed to get a delivery slot from ASDA and were able to get most of our normal shopping, except milk and bread. We are lucky enough to have kids, who worry about us the way we worried about them when they were young, who supplied us with the basics.

Wow; I’ve just written an article for this blog that doesn’t just read ‘”I’m still here”.

Hopefully I’ll do a few more and we will get out the far side of this.

Take care out there.

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My last post was April 2018 so I thought I better write something.

I’ve had this blog since December 2004; that’s 15 years of (very) sporadic posts.

I keep saying I will write more often but, somehow, I’ve never found the time. Hopefully retirement will allow me to write more often in the future.

In the meantime; I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Oops Sorry

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Yes I’m still alive

Just a quick post to say I’m still alive and busy as ever.

One of these days I.m going to start using this blog properly

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Merry Christmas One and All

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We will remember them.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

We will remember them.

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Visit to Arnhem

I have just spent the (long) weekend with a bunch of lads that, in most cases, I hadn’t seen for over 35 years. It certainly brought back memories and was a lot of fun.

Of course there was a serious side to the weekend; remembering the fallen of Operation Market Garden which took place 17th – 26th September 1944; the subject of the film ‘A Bridge Too Far’

WP_20150919_17_43_37_Pro__highresAt the Engineers Monument Driel; the place where they got the Airborne survivors out across the Neder-Rijn



Airborne Square Memorial on the north side of John Frost Bridge, Arnhem.



WP_20150920_12_03_30_Pro__highresThe Main Remembrance Ceremony at Oosterbeek




WP_20150920_12_03_42_Pro__highresThe children of Arnhem and surroundings laying flowers at the graves of the fallen.

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I’m still here

It’s been a long time since I posted so I thought I had better write something.

No excuses but I have been a bit busy, both professionally and privately, and I just kept forgetting to post something.

So; what have I been doing?

  • A series of developments, all required yesterday – normal work for me Winking smile
  • A longish holiday touring Montana, North and South Dakota and Wyoming in an RV – great scenery and good fun.
  • Re-designing my 00 scale train layout – more fun
  • Playing with Windows 10 Preview – Nice

I’ll try to post more regularly – in the mean time have fun

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