Talking about . . .

This blog is about the things and experiences that get me excited. I want to stimulate your imagination with ideas and stories from my personal and professional life. You can read the entries chronologically (the most recent will be first) or dip in via the keywords in the list on the righthand side of the page. I also warmly invite you to chip in with your comments, impressions, or experiences - it's always great to get feedback!

25 August 2011

Boris Bikes, Frankie Valli and roast beef

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We woke up late the next morning, and were soon breakfasted and ready to set off on our first experience of a Boris bike (that's a Barclays bike for you non-locals).

24 August 2011

Pigs in Holland Park

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We arrived at Heathrow at 6am on Friday after a fairly pleasant 6 ½ hour flight from Toronto. My step-sister, Kate (whom I haven’t seen for nearly 20 years) came screeching up to the kerb in her silver Mercedes coupe and leapt out looking like a Vogue model! Wow – she looks fabulous!

24 August 2011

A Change of Pace in Ontario

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I’m in love with the horse-and-buggy look…

18 August 2011

Missing in Mississauga

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I’d already gone for a 30-minute run through the forest AND we’d had a one and a half hour walk along the forest trails, so you would have thought I could find my way around the next morning – really!

14 August 2011

Vancouver Island - so much to tell, so few words. . .

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We spent the night in the Airport Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. It was weird but very cool. The hotel is right on the runway and through the huge windows you can see the planes coming and going – but you can’t hear a thing! The glass is presumably some specially extra-thick soundproofing material. Here’s a photo taken through the bedroom window.

08 August 2011

Aah, the vicissitudes of travel...

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“So, how was the bike trip around Stanley Park?” you ask. I may not be able to move for the next 3 days…

07 August 2011

Just when you thought it was safe...

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Just when I thought we’d left the earthquake stuff behind, I was confronted by a huge billboard here asking:

06 August 2011

Sunshine all around!

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Sunshine all around!

We got our upgrade! Premium Economy is exponentially better than Economy – it’s like being in a different world - I think it’s actually worth paying for. The space and service make for a completely different travel experience. I slept better than I ever have on a long-haul flight and arrived feeling unhassled and relaxed.

31 July 2011

Nearly gone...

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We've left home!

05 July 2011

Earthquake guilt

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I just realised that every time I talk to someone new about the trip, I say "Of course, we've been planning this trip for 2 years".

04 July 2011

Booking: Pleasure in Provence

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You cannot imagine how excited I am about this booking!

01 July 2011

Booking: Stow On The Wold

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I just booked the Old School House in Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds in England for a week.

27 June 2011

5 weeks left - eek!

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I can't believe how fast the time has gone! Well, the house is rented out to a really nice family who actually live nearby and want somewhere close to supervise their renovations for 5 months - perfect!

18 May 2011

How to write a book

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Finish the book!

I've been stopping and starting for two years - enough already!  It's time to finish the book.

18 May 2011

75 sleeps to go!

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Well - 75 sleeps to go before we leave and things are heating up.