Life & Photos 2011

We visited Peru & Easter Island in February: photos on that separate page . We had a few days in Andalucia and a couple of nights with June & Mike in Canar.We spent a night in Rioja enroute to 5 nights in the Picos de Europa, crossed from Santander to Portsmouth, visited Daphne & Tim, spent a week in London, near Earls Court, visited Stephen for 4 nights in Canford, 2 nights in Stebbing, flew out to the Baltics: photos on that separate page, then 2 nights with Davida before returning form Portsmouth to Santander, all in July and August.. Before our cruise from Hanoi to Singapore in December on the Orion 2: photos on separate page - we returned briefly to Corisande and David took a photo recuerdo of our our house before it was gone for ever.

Two pale green photo albums cover this year

Click on any of the small photos to get an enlargement

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Hotel Viura in Rioja-start of a week in Spain before returning to Britain. Boys enjoy it! Nearby bodega-wine for friends
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Then to the Picos de Europa: they briefly appeared out of the mist!. We spent 5 nights in an appartment at Tinas de Pechon
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Wondrous beach within walking distance - good for swimming
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when the rain eased off . and one could sit outside then!. . . Learnt about antiFranco guerillas
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Then ferry to Portsmouth and a welcome visit to Daphne & Tim at their thatched den near Bath with superb meals as usual.
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A week in Templeton Place, by Earls Court: once we had gained entry,it was very comfortable. Saw friends, visited the ERO, &
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on the last morning, wandered by Kensington Palace & Gardens Princess Diana Water Fountain. Back to Fiona to collect car
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Miss Wilson, Chris, Margaret & Miss Willis.Proceeded to Canford. Stephen looked after us royally-visited stately homes, pubs,
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and Poole harbour. . . . More pubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingston Lacey
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with a tearoom, magnificent building, and interesting artworks in its grounds,
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lots of topiary and great weather.
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A great walk after driving through the remains of the New Forest
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His spacious house, shared with Karen & Sam, who celebrated his 2nd birthday. We stayed in an adjacent guest
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flat, and met Karen's parents, over to celebrate with Sam. . Best shot of the parents! . . .Proctor ancestor, David Bateman

Then on to Blatches Farm, Stebbing, for me to enjoy 2 days wandering around the churches & houses that Mum's ancestors had frequented.

Inside of C of E . . .White Hart, Stebbing-Schlueters. Congregational Church- .Rhoda Wilkinson. & C of E, both Stebbing
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Tanners Farm, birthplace of George Turner,1865, vastly improved by Sharon & , its present, very welcoming owners
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Gatehouse Farm, deathplace of Ezekiel Turner in 1888. . . . . . . 2 aspects of Tilty, linked with my Jesper ancestors
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Great Easton - also Jespers . . .Great Dunmow Church . . . . . .Grave of my great-aunt Pett . . Angel & Harp-home of TR Saville
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Church End, Eliz.Mead's home . After the Baltics, down to Yeovil & Davida's & Nigel's victorian flat . Morning coffee near Yeovillillington1lillington3lillington2lillinton5
Lillington, Charles Andrews, & forebears, baptised in 1779. Two aspects of its interior, shown to us by a friendly local
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& a very old book therein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moreton Church, bombed in WW2, now has etched windows
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A place of light & a magical experience - plus a yummy tearoom nearby & the nearby grave of Lawrence of Arabia

Chris Grant