More good stuff in Lyme Regis & environs

Fred and I set out yesterday to meet my friend Marie in Ottery St Mary (the village), stopping beforehand in Colyton to see the parish church and afterwards in Cullompton. Colyton’s St Andrew is the same vintage as Ottery St Mary (the church), but each has its own treasures and delightful features. The Ottery church […]

Now in lovely Lyme Regis

We arrived without mishap in Lyme Regis yesterday, guided by a SatNav (GPS) system loaned to us by Lionel. After greeting Pat and Fred and catching up on family news, we went down to the seafront (a 15-minute walk) where Pat and I walked along to the Cobb and back to where Fred and Mum […]

Church to church, pub to pub

Yesterday the two of us set off to visit three local churches. One eluded us, but we’ll try again today because it’s on the way to Lyme Regis, which is our next stop. The other two were charming Norman parish churches, restored and in use. St Mary’s in Lytchett Matravers was locked, unfortunately, so we […]

Several centuries in one day

We covered many centuries in typical English weather today — driving rain and brilliant sunshine. First stop was Stonehenge, which reminded me somehow of the volcanic island I saw in Hawaii. Similar bare surroundings (only in this case the fields were green and gold rather than rocky and ashen) and same feeling of “older than […]

How to spend your birthday

For the first time in my adult life, I spent my birthday in the land of my birth. Pretty far from the original event, it’s true, but in a green and pleasant part of England, to be sure. We started the day at Wimborne Market, which is a combination of fresh foods, garden plants, clothes, […]

Pryor Family Party

Today was family reunion day and what a great party! We had almost 40 people from various parts of the UK and Canada (five of us from Canada) convening on the hotel near Farnham about midday. Lots of hugs and chatter, greetings and introductions, covered the milling around time before lunch. then we sat down […]

First Day in UK

We’re here and we’re doing great. Finding the hotel was a diversionary adventure, but we made it finally midday yesterday. The hotel was less than helpful – more about that when I have more online time – but we’re comfortable and already in party mode. The gang arrives in the next hour or so. Stay […]


Before I talk about last night’s tech event, I’d like to be on record for achieving a harvest/home effort on Saturday. With Bob’s help, I managed to collect most of the grapes from the vine on the patio and made an impressive amount of jam, enough to share with the neighbours. Last night’s DemoCamp was […]

Bird Show

I saw the heron yesterday, silently checking out the pond. Bob had seen it a couple of times already, but I hadn’t. On a whim I took Tiger down to the pond near lunchtime and there it was, staying only seconds before it sensed us nearby and elegantly took off. No wonder we haven’t seen […]

Ok, my life is complete now

Thanks to Boing Boing, I now know what needs to be done. My various obsessions can converge perfectly because I have found the pattern to knit my own Dalek.