Saturday 13 February 2016: Grandkids visit and tracking a slow boat to Galapagos.

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Yesterday, I went to a talk given by Ajay Close about her book ‘A Petrol Scented Spring’. It’s about suffragettes and has graphic details of force feeding. Then, I was at the Leisuredrome for Deeven and Nimitta, who visited today.
    Mystique Soul, with Bob, is sailing at 6.3 knots, but Spirit V is doing 11.5 knots (next photo -look at the caption) – it’s 56ft long whereas Bob is on a 45ft boat. They must have more sails up, or they might be motoring!!

Thursday 11 February 2016: Sunshine on my skylight on a frosty morning!

There was ice everywhere but the sun had melted it by the time I went out.
   Yesterday, I met up with my Bible Study group, then exercised at Curves and, in the evening, went to a new poetry group at the library. Eight women and three men, all looked 50+, and two librarians. The poems were Sea Fever and The Lake Isle of Innisfree – both well-loved classics. Then ‘Cargoes’ was mentioned, and found, on the internet. Now I know that a quinquerime was a five-banked galley. Learn something every day! So much in that line ‘Quinquerime of Nineveh from distant Ophir’. I searched the Web for those three words and got drawn into other worlds of trade and war, from Rome to Iraq to Malaysia, as a possible site of Ophir, from where Solomon was brought gold, ivory, apes and peacocks.

Wednesday 10 February 2016: one of my favourite buildings in weather I like.

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The sun shone all day today. When I was going out at 6.30 in the evening I had to scrape a thin layer of ice from my car windscreen. The roads will be salted overnight and my car will become dirty with it. Dont like this, I prefer cloud and rain to clear skies and ice.
   Yesterday, I booked tickets to go to India with my mother, two brothers and a nephew. It took a week of searching on the internet to check on prices, then all was sorted with a phone call to our local travel agent. Last few years, he always has had the best deal.