Did ya miss me ?!?!?
First of all, a massive, massive thank you to Paul for steering the bloggy ship in my absence.
What a treat it has been to cut loose for a couple of weeks. And thank you so much to all the friends and artists who did such a super creative job! I hadn’t realised just how all consuming the blog is – not just time but subconscious thought process too.
It’s good to be back mind you. Although this new blog format is a bit of a challenge, I must say!
Talk about trial by fire!!
Who says us old codgers can’t do tinternet?!? Watch this space….it may take me all night, but whatever.
I am jetlagged up to the moon and back anyway!
I’ve got so much to tell you !! We had the BEST time.
Let’s start at the beginning at take you to California first.
Ready? Well climb aboard, for a little trip to San Fran….
The first good thing was that the plane on the way from Heathrow to San Fran was empty. Really.
Less than 12 people in economy. Imagine that. Talk about spread out!!!
There were more of them in Business class!! Wouldn’t you be sick if you’d shelled thousands out for a wider seat – and the commoners up the back had enough room to do a Yoga AND Tai Chi class!!
So we started our break in San Francsico, and got to spend lots of time with Mark.
I do love that boy. He is such a pleasure to be around. He was at the hotel within an hour of our arriving. Got his work organised so that he could. We hung out together loads, ate good food – and talked about everything under the sun. The whole Comey Vs Trump saga erupted the day we landed, so that was on the menu pretty much everywhere.
But we managed to side-step it mostly! On that note….
Watched Mark play a great game of rugby on Treasure Island, and get Man of the Match yet again;
San Francsico has changed quite a bit though. It really has – just since last year. And not for the better.
A lot more homeless people. A lot more drugs on the street. Lots of closed down shops.
The rich-poor divide deepens…
Nonetheless, it was great to see Mark and his girlfriend, Alex. She’s a doll too.
Alex lives near Coit Tower, in North Beach, so we visited her, and then walked up to Coit Tower.
What a beautiful building on the inside! Check out the murals!
Well worth a visit to the top too. The views are the best in San Francisco.
And we even had a view of Coit Tower from our Hotel room!
Here we see him with his step-dad/mate, Dave,
Great meal and an outstanding view at Aliottos near Fisherman Wharf.
We spend 5 nights in the city. Walked miles. And miles. And miles.
Mostly blue skies, mild climate. Sealions on Pier 39. Just like the good old days when I lived there.
And yes. we did make it to Glide Church on the Sunday, to listened to the fabulous Gliders, the choir.
If you ever visit San Fran, make sure you wrap your trip round a Sunday, so that you can go to the Glide.
It’s a real happening, doing, loving church. They feed many, many homeless down there on Mission every single day.
But I think I will pause our road trip there, if you don’t mind.
It has taken me ages to figure out how to import, size and place these photos, and the old jetlag is kicking in again.
Comes in waves, doesn’t it. Well, I is a-ridin a wave right now !!!
See you tomorrow, for You Tube Tuesday.
And then. Oh boy. Are we launching the Big Cheese on the telly this weekend.
The first very good and happy news is that our dear friend Tina Cox is back. And back every month!
So we can look forward to some wonderful Groovi Parchment tutorials from her again.
She has designed some super new Groovi plates, and written a couple of excellent Grid Books,
so that’ll be a cracking start on Saturday!
Is it too early to go to bed?
Love and hugs,