The Tate


What I liked best about the Tate Modern, was its top floor, which afforded an excellent view of London. It has a 360º field-of-view. I was fascinated by the adjoining apartment buildings, with their open floor plan and modern look. A place to be seen as well as see. There were signs at the Tate, asking visitors not to annoy the neighbors, but on this day they were nowhere to be seen.

My Dad who lives in Monterey claims that he ended California’s drought, when he installed solar panels on his house. Soon after they became operational, the clouds moved in and the rain began. I warned him not to install a geo-thermal system, because, well it’s California. Dad, don’t tempt the fates. In other Monterey news, one of Chris’s Bixby Bridge pics was green screen paired with Nicole Kidman in a promo still for the HBO series, Big Little Lies. 🙂

Saint Peter’s Church Leuven, Belgium

Meanwhile, David has completed his visit with his colleagues in Leuven and is now spending a few days there sightseeing. He has visited both Brussels and Bruges. I think that he is ready to make a decision, Boston or Belgium. The church is in the background on the right. That is a hotel on the left and in the foreground is an underground, bicycle parking garage, with a glass front. Why do I persist in bicycling in America?

Happy Brithday Chris!


My Brother Chris

Happy birthday! Dave had warned us about how the British Navy used to impress Americans, but we threw caution to the wind anyway and embarked upon a riverboat cruise upon the Thames. First we enjoyed our first red double-decker bus ride from the most coveted upstairs front seats. From Tower dock, we first sailed upstream to the London Eye. It and Westminster were still closed, so we turned around and headed to Greenwich, where we only had time to see the Cutty Sark, the observatory and the meridian. Doesn’t sound like much, but it took all day. 

Remembering Jackie


Mom at Tarpy’s

Thinking of you Mum on your birthday! I lit a candle for her at St. Paul’s yesterday. We were in church when the attack occurred, but Westminster was going to be our next stop. We had our phones off in church, so when Anne switched her’s on again, there was a text from Jane informing us about what had happened. I hadn’t thought too much of the orbiting copters until then, because at home they just mean that there is another wreak on Highway 40. Still, we had a pretty full and rather theatrical day, what with the Tate, Globe, St. Paul’s, dinner and a show, Beautiful, the Carol King story. It was grand!

Feet Wet!


Balclutha Rigging

The title says it all, but I’ll leave you all with just a few jokes I’ve recently heard:

  • I’m sorry’ and ‘I apologize’ mean the same thing. Except at a funeral.
  • What has four legs and one arm? — A happy pit bull.
  • Cats have nine lives. Makes them ideal for experimentation.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.