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May 5, 2019 - Worship

Worshipped at Marion’s Church - King’s Community Church. The welcoming committee was easily visible in their blue T-shirt’s. There were about 900 attending that day - there are usually more, but there was a Southampton marathon, and many were absent attending it, to raise money for Christians Against Poverty - a Christian charitable company formed in the U.K. to help those struggling with debt. Her Church has just completed a massive redevelopment and now has a new Church plant about 15 minutes away. We all pitched in at Marion’s to...

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70 Canals 2019

May 4, 2019 - Rhododendron blooms en masse

A relaxing start. Lyn Lusi’s daughter is staying with us. Great catching up with her, and hearing the latest from HEAL Africa and our friends in Goma. Drove to New Forest area for a delightful lunch in their Tea Gardens. Then we entered the most beautiful Rhododendron, Azalea an Camelia Garden that we have ever seen. Exbury Gardens are privately run 200 acres and have just celebrated their centenary by planting 100,000 extra spring bulbs. There were carpets of blue bells, daffodils and jonquils everywhere. We could rave for many paragraphs...

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May 3, 2019 - Baby Cuddles

Another “rug up” day in Copenhagen. Took train to Airport. Locals so wonderful - stop to help us on stairs, into/out of train etc. Does that mean they think we are old!! Arrived Heathrow after 1 1/2 hour flight. Thankfully no crowds, but Immigration Officer severally said, “no entry unless you provide a full address of destination”. Completely neglected to get it, as we always communicate by email or text. Anything we said did not help our cause. When asked “ how did you meet these folk” - saying “in Africa” is not exactly a convincing...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Sea days

Dear all, Well back in England. When we leave each port there is a sail away party to say farewell to the country. There is lots of loud music, dancing, singing and of course drinking. We only went to the Lisbon sail away to see the ship go under the bridge. We have a room with a balcony so we usually sit or stand there. A day on the ship at sea is usually a sit down, served breakfast in the dining room. After this a stroll around the deck or the shops. Often Paul would go off to a talk about the next port, or a talk about a general...

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Our Big Trip

Jul 7, 2018 - Cruising

Dear all, Well here we are again. We have had a week in England, not doing anything exciting except watching Kate, our niece run in a 10 Klm fun run for cancer. It was really hot on the day and has remained so. Yesterday it was 30'C and today it is to get to 32'C. We are off to Southampton tomorrow for our cruise to the Canary Islands. I am not sure how I will go with the blog as we cannot get internet on the ship. The islands are off the west coast of Africa, off Monarco. I have tried to set up the map for you. Well that is all for...

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Our Big Trip

May 13, 2018 - Changing ships

Thursday 10 May, Cruise Day 5 Thursday morning was spent sailing in to Lisbon, great with lots of scenery on both sides of the ship. We arrived in Lisbon about 11 am and we spent the next few hours exploring the city. Lots of winding laneways and little squares. And naturally many churches! The city was very busy with the finals of Eurovision, plus there were three cruise ships in town for the day. But unlike Spain and Italy, the Portuguese don’t go to sleep for the afternoon so everything remained open throughout our stay. Eurovision...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Guernsey and the trip to Southampton

Have uploaded photos and hope to do some writing after dinner. Lovely dinner overlooking the water and warm enough for our coffee outside on the terrace. Locals tell us it might be the only chance in a year! Guernsey had to be a hurried visit to fit in as much as possible in the one day after our stranding in Jersay. First stop the Little Chapel started in 1914 by a De La Salle brother after a trip to Lourdes. The current Chapel is the third attempt on the site and its most interesting feature is the mosaics made initially using the broken...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Portsmouth

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard today and what a day, just as well the tickets allow you entry for 12 months - we're going back tomorrow to see the half we missed today. So much fascinating history so I'm going to let the pics tell the story,

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Honkers & England

Jun 4, 2017 - Yesterday

I have been having trouble with my Tablet battery lately so it was flat as a tack yesterday and I couldn't update. We went to New Forest and had a look around. The tide was out when we went to this little harbour! We went to a place called "Buckler's Hard" which was once a hive of shipbuilding activity on the Beaulieu Ri er, providing ships for Nelson's Navy. There is a fantastic Maritime Museum there and some of the old cottages. The road runs through the New Forest and as we were driving back to go to our hotel the horses that roam...

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Honkers & England

Jun 2, 2017 - Good morning from Southampton UK

Good morning from Southampton, England. Had a great flight from home, long and tiring but very comfortable thanks to Westjets Plus option. Comfy Bistro type hotel in Southampton after a 2 hr drive from Gatwick airport. Our driver and car were waiting at the airport as scheduled, turned out to be a great option rather than catching a train !!! Wandered about the town for a couple of hours, did a bit of shopping and sightseeing before relaxing for a quick dinner at a neighbourhood Italian Restaurant. Started our dinner outside at their...

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May 15, 2017 - Home sweet home

It's over a week since we returned to Southampton and back to normal life! We had a fabulous time and met lots of interesting people. We have been asked what was our favourite place. It's impossible to answer, there are many ports we enjoyed. The Amazon was a real highlight, having studied it in geography lessons then to experience the vastness of the of the flowing waterway through the verdant, gigantic forests was beyond my dreams. Visiting the iconic structures such as Christ The Redeemer, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Prison was...

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Apr 26, 2017 - Southampton

Southampton is a short hop across the English Channel. Our tours here are Stonehenge and the Salisbury Cathedral. I have read so much about Stonehenge that I just had to see it. Many people would dismiss it as just a pile of stones. Since it predates written history, understanding it requires a lot of educated guessing. I think we don't give these ancestors enough credit. After all they moved these stones, weighing over a hundred tons, miles to this site. A fete similar to the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. We ate lunch at a tavern...

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