• A Very Special Christening

    Usually, after returning from holiday one of the first tasks is to sort out the many photos I have taken; deleting the rubbish and  repeats, saving the rest into file on a removable drive. From these I create a lasting memory by producing a video to show the other members of the family. Sometimes this… Continue Reading

  • Azorean Wanderings

    30th Sept. A testing day. Before breakfast we had to ‘virtually’ test  ourselves for Covid underwater -19. It is a UK government requirement for entry back into the UK. The test itself is pretty straight forward, ‘officially’ we were supposed to stream video of our test, but our ‘Fit to Fly’ organiser only required  us … Continue Reading

  • And the cloud clears!

    28th Sept. Crater wandering. For the first time we woke to a bright sunny day instead of heavy rain. After breakfast we were soon on our way to explore the highlands. The surrounding mountains/volcanoes were clear of cloud and it promised good visibility for those willing to risk the unpredictability of Azorean weather. We were… Continue Reading

  • A damp start to a road trip.

    26th Sept. Breakfast in the hotel was a substantial buffet, but Covid rules meant that masks had to be worn when not seated and plastic gloves were worn whilst selecting and handling items of food. The restaurant was very full by 8am when we entered and we were lucky to find a vacant table. It… Continue Reading

  • Testing the Azores

    24-25 Sept With some trepidation I met Jamie at the ‘Test to Fly’ office in Syston (24th). In my opinion he had booked the RT-PCR test too late to arrange any alternatives, if for any reason things went awry. However, as events turned out I needn’t have worried, we were tested, supplied with the necessary… Continue Reading

  • Between trips.

    28th Aug. The week after arriving back from Iceland was predictably a busy one with house and garden work needing to be done. The vexing British weather didn’t help yet we managed to catch-up (mostly) with clothes washing and vegetables picked from greenhouse and vegetable patches. Sue even managed a U3A ramble to Hanging Houghton… Continue Reading

  • An Iceland Adventure (4)

    21st Aug. A sea-day of forms. The clocks went forward an hour last night so breakfast at 7.30 am felt quite early, it took awhile to ‘come around’, a choppy North Atlantic swell and beng homeward bound didn’t help the spirit. All good things eventually come to an end! First task of the day was… Continue Reading

  • An Iceland Adventure (3)

    19th Aug. Waterfalls, fumaroles, lava fields and craters. The Bolearis slid into her mooring alongside the quay in Akureyri around 6.00am, nicknamed the ‘Capital of the North’ and regarded as an important port and fishing centre.  As we vacated our cabin for breakfast at 7.00am, the grey cloud hanging on the surrounding mountains seemed to… Continue Reading

  • An Iceland Adventure (2)

    17th Aug. The Golden Circle. Bolearis docked quietly in Reykjavik around 6am, it was a misty, drizzly morning, thick cloud obscured the mountains in the distance, not a nice start to the day. With breakfast stored internally and a carrier bag containing a packed lunch in hand we  disembarked the ship by 9am and were… Continue Reading

  • An Icelandic Adventure (1)

    13th Aug. A wayward journey to Liverpool. With bags packed the night before and with all necessities accounted for, we both had a leisurely breakfast and shower before loading cases into the car, setting the house alarm and hitting the road north east. The previous afternoon, I had inputted the address of our hotel (Campanile)… Continue Reading