Category Archives: Friends

Slow Boat

 Dear Friends, You know how much I enjoy doing work experience. It’s great fun to spend a day in someone else’s shoes. But sometimes it’s good to sit back and let that person just get on with it. That’s what Manny and I thought when we sailed from Bruges to Damme on the paddle boat Lamme …

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Shiny Happy People

Dear Friends, I’ve been learning on the job again, this time at the Happiest Place on Earth. That’s right; I’m now a fully trained employee of Tokyo Disneyland. Recently I joined my fellow cast members, as Disney employees are known, in some practical training in customer service and ride organisation. I was fortunate to spend …

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Heart to Heart

Dear Friends, I have a passion for hearts – not the beating kind but the decorative hearts we see at this time of year. So does my friend Jude. Look at her wonderful photographic collection of hearts. I’ve seen some beautiful hearts on my travels, like this tinselly one in Akaroa. My favourite is this heart …

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Bluer Than Blue

Dear Friends, I’d like to introduce you to an amazing new talent in the world of interior design. I predict that with his eye for colour and his sense of style he will soon be in demand. His home is the perfect showcase for his flamboyant spirit. The décor is tossed together in an artless manner yet everything …

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Food For Thought…

Dear Friends, As you know, I love food – especially sweet food. In fact, it would be appropriate to say I am eating my way around the world, and I know from your comments that many of you have joined me in this quest. Yvonne, Elaine, Janet and Leanne also expressed some concerns that I will soon have to …

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Too Much Monkey Business

Dear Friends, Sometimes other people’s travel stories can influence the choices we make when travelling. For example, my personal assistant The Eternal Traveller told me once, in graphic detail, about the time she saw a tourist being chased by a monkey in Thailand. I have a mental image of this aggressive animal stalking the poor …

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Triple Treat – Weekly Photo Challenge – Achievement

Dear Friends, Meet my new friend – Caitlin of Caitlin’s Happy Heart. Not only is Caitlin a wonderful writer and speaker, she is mother to five lovely children, including three year old triplets! Three times three – now that’s an achievement! Justin. Weekly Photo Challenge – Achievement

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D is for Danger – Weekly Photo Challenge – Adventure

Dear Friends, As you know, adventure is my middle name. If there’s something exciting happening I’ll be right there ready to join in, and if I’m adventuring with friends it’s even better. But there is a limit to how adventurous I’m prepared to be, not like some people who go in for extreme activities and then get into trouble. It …

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All My Own Stunts!

Dear Friends, There’s nothing more fun than revealing your inner child in a playground. When Manny and I came across this wonderful park in Frankfurt we revisited our childhoods and our imaginations ran riot. This park was a dream come true with swings, slides and even a Viking ship and we decided to try them …

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Welcome to Mystery

Dear Friends, Don’t you just love these guys? They are sweet and sassy at the same time and I’ve been following them on television for years. It was very exciting to meet them in person. There were some other creatures with them and I still don’t know quite what or who they were. At first …

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