Tuesday, 20 July 2010


The 'gang' spent 4 nights and 5 days in London.  Doreen was very excited to be there.  Our hotel was in Bayswater - a convenient location to buses and tube. 

  • The Science Museum and included an Imax movie on deep sea
  • The Natural History Museum
  • The V & A (Victoria & Albert) - a favourite of mine
  • Westminster Abbey
  • HMS Belfast
  • The National Gallery
  • Southbank Centre Beethoven concert (9th symphony)
  • Walks along the Thames to see Tower Bridge, street entertainers, London Eye (but no trip), Buckingham Palace, St James's Park
  • A visit to Danny's former school and a party for an old friend and colleague who is retiring.  So good to see everybody! 

More pics here:
London pics

Friday, 9 July 2010

Doreen's visit - continued.

Doreen spent a week on the Isle of Iona with the Iona Community.  The group had 30+ participants, many were American.  She had a lovely time and enjoyed meeting everyone.  Included in the week was lots of hiking, a boat trip to Staffa, a Ceilidh, church services, singing and Doreen sang for the group which they enjoyed. 

We've done shopping trips to Glasgow for new clothes and museums.  Danny has been teaching her to ride a bike and she's done well although it still makes her nervous when cars approach down the road.  We plan to borrow a bike so the 3 of us can do a day trip on my favourite bike ride - Tighnabruaich - Kilbride Bay where we can stop and lunch on the beach. 

Yesterday we took the train to Edinburgh and unfortunately only had time for the castle and a walk down the Royal Mile.  We plan to return again to see the museums. 

Next week we return to the Isle of Seil for another trip on Seafari, but this time it will be a wild trip into the whirlpool. 

Then we'll do a quick flight to London for 4 nights.  The trip includes a visit to Danny's former school in Enfield to visit colleagues and friends.  The deputy head is retiring and he worked with Danny for many years.  Trips to museums and historic sites are planned.