Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lovely New England. . . . . . . . .

Flying into New Hampshire. 
The heavy clouds parted as we landed in Manchester yesterday.
 Hometown for Bob. Full of memories.
The sun came out. No humidity. It's green and fresh. Cooler.
I can breathe again!
We lived here in another time. Long ago. Perhaps we will move back.
New England, old England. . . . . . .how would I choose?

Heading to bucolic Vermont - another day of sunshine.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Flying and figs. . . . . . . . . .

 As I prepared to fly away to New Hampshire, the garden birds continued
 to fly in. . . . . . to the the fig tree which is still producing a lot of fruit. 
Most of the sweet, ripe, juicy figs are up high though and beyond our reach.  

Yesterday while checking the figs I heard a rustling just above my head.
Looking up I saw this beautiful Brown thrasher, a large but somewhat timid 
bird, the size of an American robin, making a meal of the ripe fig. 
We actually made eye contact, then I headed to the house to get my camera, 
never expecting the bird would still be there when I returned, but it was, 
and I managed to get a couple of shots before it flew off.

Special moments in the garden like this make me so happy.

 An American robin also paying a visit to the fig tree recently.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Childhood Memories - Double Decker Bus

A Devon General bus - The Strand, Torquay bus stop - c. 1950

The main transportation of my youth was the red double decker. 
I rode it to and from primary (elementary) school, into town,
to other towns to visit family, even to the beach!
We never owned a car which meant my parents rode 
the bus to work, and just about everywhere else.
The big red bus was the usual way people got around
in the United Kingdom in the 1940's and 1950's.
In cities such as London, many still do commute via bus, and of course
 tourists often ride the 'sightseeing buses'.
In my hometown, Torquay, regular buses still run everywhere,
though less frequently, and the open-top sight-seeing versions are
 popular in summertime for runs between the beaches of the coastal
 towns around the bay.


A double-decker bus is a bus that has two storeys or decks. 
Double-decker buses are used for mass transport in the United Kingdom,
 Europe, Asia and many former European possessions, the most iconic example
 being the red London bus.

Early double-deckers put the driver in a separate cab. Passenger access was via an open platform at the rear, and a bus conductor would collect fares. 
Modern double-deckers have a main entrance door at the front, and the driver takes fares, thus halving the number of bus workers aboard, but slowing the boarding process. The rear open platform, popular with passengers, was abandoned for safety reasons, as there was a risk of passengers falling when running and jumping onto the bus.
Double-deckers are primarily for commuter transport but open-top models are used as sight-seeing buses for tourists. William Gladstone, speaking of London's double-deck horse drawn omnibuses, once observed that "...the best way to see London is from the top of a bus".    via WIKIPEDIA

Off tomorrow, but not on a bus. 
Neighbor kindly driving us to the airport.
Two planes taking us north to New England.
Rental car will be waiting. 
How times have changed!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Childhood Memories - The Marine Spa -

childhood memory. . .

The Marine Spa, Torquay, Devon, England - 1857-1971

Sometimes do you just want to run away? 
Return to a place of childhood, a place that brought happiness.
No big special celebrations, just ordinary days full of simple 
moments of joy in familiar places.

I learned to swim here in the indoor pool.
 Even went to afternoon teas under the palm trees in the
 sunlit conservatory - a very special treat when a young girl.
Never got to dance in the ballroom though.
Sadly the beautiful spa was torn down in 1971 and it continues
 to be missed so much.

I am running away soon! A trip north to New England will take me
 away for a short while. A change of scenery, mountains and sea, 
with some cooler weather. . . . . . hopefully it will be a pick-me-up!

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