Provence, France
The Roman Aqueduct at Nimes
Queenstown, New Zealand
TSS Earnslaw on lake Wakatipu
London, England
Springtime in Hyde Park
Mazamet, France
Baskets in the market square
Avignon, France
A wonderful lunch in the gardens of the Cathedral
Melbourne, Australia
Punting on the lake in the Botanic Gardens
Castres, France
Wonderful varieties of seafood in the market
Sometimes we get inspired to record some of the more memorable days of trips that we have made. They serve to remind us of the things that we have done, the places we have been to and the people we have met and if we do not record them we tend to forget great chunks of the times we have spent away.
For those viewing these diaries we hope you find them interesting but they are more likely to be of interest only to our family and friends.

Castres, Lautrec and Burlats

Apr 9, 2014



After our few days in Oxford we had a day of rest and relaxation before resuming the our task of site seeing in the Midi Pyrenees. There is so much to see that it's hard to determine our priorities since they depend on the a number of other things that affect the day. For example there is no point going to the beach when the temperature is forecast to be a maximum of 4ºC. As a result we tend to make our plans over breakfast in the morning. We have not bothered with the complex task of long term planning and we are therefore, not disappointed should we fail to meet any of our plans. The... + details

A Reunion in Oxford (and other things)

Apr 7, 2014



Jenny and I spent five days in Oxford, primarily to attend a reunion of Old Brentwoodians, many of whom I had not seen for over fifty years. Twenty old masters, knights, professors, Oxford alumni and Old Brentwoodians assembled at Keble College for the reunion dinner. Coming from as far Canada, Australia, Sweden, France and Italy as well as many parts of England it was a miracle that a everyone was able to check into Keble on time and then assemble for a tour of some of the Oxford Colleges before pre-dinner drinks at Magdalen College (spoilt only by the fact that I was told George Brandis ... + details

Cherry Blossoms and Sheep

Apr 1, 2014



Today we drove through St Pons de Thomieres on our way to Olargues. We wanted to see the cherry blossom in the valley. At the right time it would be spectacular but the weather was not so good and the blossom was starting to fall and the new growth of the leaves was taking over. Nevertheless it was pretty and a very worthwhile trip. It wasn't just the cherry blossom that was worth seeing but the valley, the river and some of the bridges were spectacular. When we got close to Olargues we could see the village on the side of the hill with the river valley to the left of the village, however the... + details

Le Rocher Tremblant, Sidobre

Mar 28, 2014



The Sidobre is a mountainous area located in the south of the Massif central. It is a 15.3 km long, 6.6 km wide plateau made of granite and covered with forests. Originally composed of one single piece of rock, it cracked and weathered over time which accounts for the remarkable natural forms that can been seen in various parts of the park. We drove to the Maison de Sidobre and picked up a plan of the park. We had some lunch first at Le Bon Acceuil in Lacrouzette. It must rate as the worst meal we have had in France. We didn't have much time to decide what we wanted since it just started... + details


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I am on the committee of Harlequin Rugby Union club but no longer play rugby union. However I thoroughly enjoy royal tennis at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club in Richmond.

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