Mandy’s Christmas Present

  Mandy walked barefoot down the cinder track leading to Aunt Muriel’s farm cottage. The sharpness of that path hurt her feet, but she determined to be just like the other kids who removed their shoes as soon as they left school running as fast as they could to homes scattered around this rural village….

Lee Ann’s Happy Valentine

Lee Ann sat at her bedroom window looking out over the remnants of a once great plantation. Cotton fields had long gone to be replaced with houses in a suburb which now crept to striking distance of the manicured gardens in front of her window. She craned her head to search for her Mother Willow…

Junk Mail

We were on our way to a convention in DallasTexas in 1980, and could scarcely believe we’d arrived in the USA at last.  Our employers had spent a great deal to purchase tickets, and there was a large element of personal investment involved in our being on this trip.  We now had to live and…

First USA Visit

On the map above I’ve shaded green the States visited in our 1980 trip Chapter 1 – East Coast Travel On April 10 1980 Ian, Georgine and two girls Helen and Gina picked up hand carry items and trudged wearily onto a Kuwait Airways flight to London. We’d been due to depart hours before take…

Surviving Mt. St. Helens

It was June 1 2006, we’d arrived in Portland, Oregon and whisked across the border to Vancouver, Washington where we were to attend an important birthday bash of one of our closest friends. I’ve been instructed not to mention the actual age of this close friend so we’ll leave it at that. As there was…

Independence Day in the USA

July 4 1776 was the birth of this great nation. An association of diverse communities banded together to form a political entity which eventually evolved into the United States we know today. Here we were on July 4 2006, two citizens from “Down Under” who were there to celebrate our daughter Gina’s first Independence Day…

Father’s Day in the USA

It was Father’s Day in the USA, June 18 2006.  We had departed early in the morning for our date with the whales in Puget Sound off the coast of Bellingham, Washington State. The day was doing its summer thing switching from hot to cold as the sun occasionally peeped through the clouds, and a…

Still Alive After Mount St Helens Visit

June 1, 2006 we arrived in Portland, Oregon and were whisked across the border to Vancouver, Washington where we were to attend an important birthday bash of one of our closest friends. I’ve been instructed not to mention the actual age of this close friend so we will leave it at that. As there was…