It’s been a long day.

It’s been a long day, a three hundred and seventy odd miles round trip. Left home at 9am and 8.15pm return.

We lost a very dear friend in this last fortnight. Today was his funeral and we had to travel to Devon to attend. It was a long day, a sad day and also a celebration of our dear friends life. His coffin entered to Tina Turners Simply the best, we were invited to sing Westlife’s You lift me up and There is a green hill far away (Hymn) and after two very poignant eluegies he left us to Always look on the bright side of life. Which sums him up perfectly.

So that’s why I have not posted or hardly commented today it’s not that I am ignoring you guys I have just been otherwise involved. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow. Love to you all. I am so tired I am off to bed. Normal service resumes tomorrow.ūüíú

Mary and Jo Day 4

To day is the fourth day of Advent, leading up to Christmas. I would like to re-run my take on the Nativity story. I first wrote this in 2011, in the style of prosetry.

Many people talk about her, many people laughed, many people said she if thinks we believe this, she is just daft!
Her parents at first not sure that their daughter spoke the truth were most relieved when Jo turned up . Even with his odd story , he was a likeable youth.
After all the upset the tantrums and the tears everyone settled down and they all discussed their fears. The Little town of Nazareth was rife with gossips and with snipes none of them could swallow talk of angels and a virgin’s sinless life.
Time went on and Jo and Mares set up their home. Jo was a carpenter so he had loads of work Mares was a strong and gamely lass who had no mind to shirk. Eventually their friends came around to their way of thinking and accepted that the child was special , angels had visited and the couple had not just been drinking.
The months went by as they do Mares and Jo’s relationship blossomed as Mares grew. The child inside her womb was active but in no hurry to arrive, yet that would be soon. Then the letter came telling Jo he had to return to Bethlehem to pay some taxes and fill in the census no if’s or buts he had to go. When he told Mares she said, this is all we need but never mind we have the trusty steed.

Their motor scooter was their trusty steed neither build for comfort or for speed! Mares parents were worried they feared for their daughter and the babe but the letter meant they had to hurry. Mares asked Jo to sort their hotels which he did, but too well!They packed the things that they needed and with all family and friends well wishes heeded. They scooted off into the unknown followed by waves and kisses blown.

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One Liner Wednesday. 14/2/2018.

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It is better to travel well than to arrive.

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One Liner Wednesday: Travel

‚Äč‚ÄúWe travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Anonymous

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IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: FORESTS AND FARMS

Welcome ¬†everyone ¬†this ¬†week ¬†is ¬†a little ¬†different ¬† we are ¬†having ¬†coffee ¬†today ¬†somewhere in ¬†France. Don’t ¬†worry ¬†everything ¬†is ¬†as it ¬†always ¬†is ¬†with¬†tea ¬†and coffee ¬†from all over ¬†the world not to mention all our cakes ¬†and muffins ¬†and ¬†as Paul ¬†calls ¬†them sweets! Every single ¬†one ¬†is ¬†calorie ¬†free! Plus of course ¬†we now have spirits ¬†and liquors ¬†to warm the coldest of ¬†you.

If we were having  Coffee: I would ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

Lets ¬†join ¬†everyone ¬†here ¬†and ¬†all the ¬†other ¬†‚ÄúIF ¬†WE ¬†WERE ¬†HAVING ¬†COFFEES‚ÄĚ

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at,Part time monster

If  we were having  coffee:  You  can  either  sit  inside this  beautifully  converted barn, it is  so  comfortable  and  beautifully  equipped or  we can sit outside  in  the huge garden  with  wonderful views  of  the  countryside, so  verdant  and lush, or  again  you can  sit  on  the  farmyard  side  and  see  the  farm buildings and  the  orchard, the  chickens and  the  Dove  Cote  which  dates  from  1539 there has  been  a  working  farm here  ever  since  that  date   when  Francis 1st  of  France  was  on  the  throne  and  Henry V111 was on  the  throne  of  England. In  fact  they  met  in  France  and  the  event  was  so colourful with  each  king  showing how  rich  he  was  that  it  was  called  The  Field  of Cloth  of Gold .

If  we were  having  coffee: I  would  tell  you  that  we  have  just  come in  from  a  wonderful  four  mile  walk,  from  the farm  through  fields  some  crops  and  some  with  cows in  to a  wonderful  forest  and it  was  a real  forest not  a  wood or  a copse. There  were  signs  up  saying beware  traps (  signs  in  french)  and  we had  to  walk  through  a  gate  in  an electric  fence.

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View from a picnic table of the lake.

There ¬†are ¬†deer ¬†in ¬†the ¬†forest , sadly ¬†we ¬†did not ¬†see ¬†any …mind ¬†you ¬†they ¬†are ¬†big ¬†and the males ¬†have ¬†huge ¬†antlers… and ¬†they are ¬†very ¬†nervous ! Well ¬†we ¬†almost ¬†got ¬†lost ¬†but ¬†eventually ¬†we ¬†found ¬†a ¬†lake ¬†and ¬†we ¬†sat ¬†for a ¬†while ¬†and ¬†took in ¬†the ¬†view. Then ¬†we ¬†wandered ¬†back ¬†and ¬†when ¬†we ¬†got ¬†back ¬†we ¬†had ¬†tea coffee ¬†and ¬†cake ¬†of course!

If ¬†we were ¬†having ¬†coffee:¬†Last ¬†week ¬†we were in Normandy ¬†and ¬†the ¬†weather ¬†was ¬†amazing ¬†we ¬†went out ¬†every ¬†day ¬†visiting ¬†Cathedrals ¬†and ¬†towns ¬†and ¬†villages ¬†and ¬†some ¬†wonderful ¬†Botanical Gardens. I lost ¬†my ¬†phone, I ¬†had placed it on ¬†the ¬†boot ¬†of ¬†the car ( the ¬†trunk ¬†if ¬†you are ¬†an ¬†American) ¬†and ¬†then jumped in ¬†the ¬†car ¬†forgetting ¬†about the phone…… bye ¬†bye phone. I ¬†did ¬†not ¬†realize ¬†until ¬†we ¬†got ¬†back ¬†to ¬†where ¬†we were ¬†staying ¬†that it had ¬†gone… so ¬†we had ¬†to ¬†ring up ¬†and ¬†block ¬†the phone ¬†and ¬†have ¬†the ¬†sim ¬†killed!! Hassle ¬†but it had ¬†to ¬†be ¬†done! Hence ¬†my ¬†poem ¬†about ¬†the Lost ¬†phone.

Here  are  some  photos  of  our  trip  so far.

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Botanical Surprises

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Flowers by a gate

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Evening lake

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Early morning farm

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View from the window above the sink

If we ¬†were having ¬†Coffee:¬†I have ¬†to ¬†say ¬†now ¬†that ¬†after ¬†4hrs ¬†travelling ¬†across ¬†France ¬†in ¬†at ¬†points ¬†torrential ¬†rain and ¬†the ¬†walk ¬†this ¬†morning ¬†I ¬†am exhausted and ¬†need ¬†a rest so ¬†I ¬†shall love ¬†you ¬†and leave ¬†you ¬†all to ¬†enjoy ¬†I ¬†am ¬†putting ¬†my ¬†feet up ¬†now ¬†and ¬†taking ¬†in the ¬†view ¬†so ¬†come ¬†and ¬†join ¬†me ¬†or ¬†wander ¬†over ¬†to see Paul who is ¬†over ¬†at ¬†Mark Bialczak¬† ¬†in Syracuse this ¬†week ¬†and ¬†all this ¬†month. Let us ¬†see ¬†what ¬†they are ¬†all discussing ¬†! It has ¬†been lovely ¬†as always ¬†to have ¬†you all here ¬†and ¬†I ¬†hope, ¬†as does ¬†Paul ¬†that ¬†you will all join us here and ¬†at Mark Bialczak¬†‚Äės¬†again ¬†next ¬†week.

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

EvDaDaDec My day at Swan Lake

Up ¬†early can’t ¬†be late

This is the culmination of months of wait.

Sorting clothes what to wear it seems a strain.

Hurry make your mind up ¬†we can’t ¬†miss that ¬†train.

 

Six of us  travelling up to town

On the train then underground!

We walked about  a mile

Had  lunch in a great pub..that made us smile.

 

Come girls hurry hurry

I want  to get to the ballet.

OH! my  what wonderful seats

So wonderful to watch those fleet  feet!

Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

Homeward  bound, happy  and tired

All our senses have been fired!

Six  Ladies  been to town

Seen the Ballet … not ¬†let down!

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Theme: All things travel

Proclaimers :¬†The Proclaimers¬†are a¬†Scottish¬†band composed of¬†identical twin¬†brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. They are best known for the songs “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)“, ¬† Their song I’m gonna be, provides ¬†our travel ¬†theme ¬†by walking 500miles.

Adam and the Ants :¬†Adam and the Ants were a British rock band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The original group, which lasted from 1977 to 1982, became notable as a cult band during the transition from the …¬†Wikipedia¬† ¬† ¬†They take us back to the days of stage coach travel.

W.H. Auden:¬†Wystan Hugh Auden¬†(/ňąw…™st…ôn¬†ňąhjuňź¬†ňą…Ēňźd…ôn/;[1]¬†21 February 1907¬†‚Äď 29 September 1973), who published as¬†W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet,[2][3]¬†born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.[4]¬†His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievements, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety of tone, form and content.[5][6]¬†The central themes of his poetry are love, politics and citizenship, religion and morals, and the relationship between unique human beings and the anonymous, impersonal world of nature. Wikipedia ¬†¬† ¬† This video “This is the night mail”¬†¬† takes to the wonderful ¬†era of the steam train

Magical Mystery Tour :

This article is about the Beatles’ EP and LP. For the song, see¬†Magical Mystery Tour (song). For the film, see¬†Magical Mystery Tour (film). ¬†Magical Mystery Tour¬†is a¬†double EP¬†and¬†LP¬†by the English¬†rock¬†group¬†the Beatles, produced by¬†George Martin, both including the six-song soundtrack to the 1967¬†film of the same name. The material was released in the United Kingdom on 8 December 1967 as a six-track double EP on the¬†Parlophone¬†label; in the United States the record, released on 27 November 1967, was an eleven-track LP compiled by¬†Capitol Records, adding the band’s 1967 single releases. ¬†It takes us to then next type of travel , the bus.

 

my white bicycle Nazarath :Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band, founded in 1968, that had several hits in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. Their track brings us to the bicycle!

Trains and boats and planes Dionne Warwick :¬†Burt F. Bacharach¬†(/ňąb√¶k…ôr√¶k/¬†bak-…ô-rak; born May 12, 1928) is an American singer‚Äďsongwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time¬†Grammy Award¬†winner[1]¬†and three-time¬†Academy Award¬†winner,[2]¬†he is known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many with lyrics written by¬†Hal David¬†as part of the duoBacharach and David. WellBurt Bacharach ¬†wrote the song but Dionne Warwick sang this version mentioning ¬†all or well most of our modes of travel,

Road to Hell Chris Rea :¬†Chris Rea¬†(/ňąriňź…ô/¬†ree-…ô; born¬†Christopher Anton Rea, 4 March 1951)[1]¬†is an English singer-songwriter, recognisable for his distinctive, husky¬†voice¬†and¬†slide guitar¬†playing.[2]¬†The¬†British Hit Singles & Albums¬†stated that Rea was “one of the most popular UK singer-songwriters of the late 1980s. He was already a major European star by the time he finally cracked the UK Top 10 with his 18th chart entry; ‘The Road to Hell¬† which brings us singularly ¬†to the car.

Chaiyya Chaiyya : ¬†“Chaiyya Chaiyya”¬†(English: [walk] in shade) is an¬†Indian¬†song from the 1998¬†Hindi¬†film¬†Dil Se..¬†directed by¬†Mani Ratnam. The song was composed by¬†A.R. Rahman, written by¬†Gulzar, and sung by¬†Sukhwinder Singh¬†and¬†Sapna Awasthi. It quickly became popular upon release and its music video gained the same status, partly because it was filmed on a moving¬†train. The¬†Urduversion of the song is called “Chaiyya Chaiyya”, while the Tamil version is called “Thaiyya Thaiyya”. This is not only about travelling ¬†on a train it is the most wonderful song and video , it always lifts my mood!

Led Zeppelin Stairway to heaven :¬†“Stairway to Heaven” is a song by the English¬†rock¬†band¬†Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitaristJimmy Page¬†and vocalist¬†Robert Plant¬†for the band’s¬†untitled fourth studio album¬†(often referred to as¬†Led Zeppelin IV). It is often referred to as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.[2][3][4]¬† ¬†Wikipedia¬†¬† ¬† ¬†The travel is really in the groups name Zeppelin ¬† but they are on a stairway going to heaven.¬†

Gerry and the Pacemakers :¬†“Ferry Cross the Mersey” (sometimes written¬†Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey) is a song written by¬†Gerry Marsden. It was first recorded by his band¬†Gerry and the Pacemakers¬†and released in late 1964 in the¬†UK¬†and in 1965 in the United States. It was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number six in the United States[2]¬†and number eight in the UK.[3]¬†The song is from thefilm with the same name¬†and was released on its¬†soundtrack album. In the mid-1990s a¬†musical theatre¬†production also titledFerry Cross the Mersey¬†related Gerry Marsden’s¬†Merseybeat¬†days; it premiered in¬†Liverpool¬†and played in the UK, Australia, and Canada. ¬†This beautiful song takes to ¬†the water travel and the Ferry. This too is one of my most favourite songs.

And now  my last  but one video a travelling show ! and who else but a remastered and remade Cher!!!!

Elton John:¬†Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.¬†Wikipedia¬† ¬†The song “Passengers ” refers ¬†to those who travel.

Mary and Jo part 1

Jo and¬† Mares had to go it was a government decree. So they packed their things as they could not disagree. It took then longer than Jo hand planned and they could not find a room to stay so finally they pulled up outside “The Grand” Hotel on Blue Jay Way.

It wasn’t in their price range but nowhere had any rooms. Jo hoped Mares’ smile would swing it plus the fact she was in full bloom.

He helped her off the scooter and followed her inside. Jo found a seat for Mares, the girl at the desk smiled and sighed. Fingers crossed behind his back Jo approached the desk his best smile ready he asked if they had somewhere Mares could rest. The look upon the receptionists face was pleasant but she had no space.

Mares was just too tired

Mares was so very tired in fact she fell asleep. Jo ask if they had somewhere that she could have a proper sleep.The lady at the desk still did not relent. Then the security man said there was his room, for Jo that was heaven sent .

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