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Baby Girl has just finished first year at uni in England with flying colours.
Just like most uni ‘freshmen,’ she had to move out of her ‘house’ on campus with everything that she’s accumulated during the year.
We crossed the Channel to help her move out and bring back her “junk” home. Next year, she will be renting a house with some of her close uni friends (a real house out of campus) and so, we won’t have to come every end of term to move her things back and forth….
We decided that a brief sightseeing tour was in order on the way back to our home in the European Capital.

We visited Folkestone, a nice, sleepy seaside town in the southern coast of England. The sea front is lined with beautiful Georgian and lovely Victorian homes and buildings. On a clear day, one can see France across the English Channel (or La Manche as it’s called in France!)

We stayed overnight at The Grand, a beautiful, genuine Victorian hotel facing The English Channel.. It was rumoured that Edward VII used to spend his dalliances with his mistress(es) in one of the hotel rooms above overlooking the “monkey conservatory”, hence the expression “doing monkey business” as one lady inhabitant of Folkestone told us.

We then made a side trip to 12th century Leeds Castle, a ruin that was purchased by Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie, daughter of an American heiress, who transformed the castle into one of the most glamorous homes in England.

To me, Leeds Castle is the epitome of ‘modern’ grace and glamour re-built and refurbished ever so tastefully, in a most romantic and gorgeous setting.

(More pics here.)


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Courégant Seascapes 114Courégant Seascapes 033Courégant Seascapes 055Le Courégant is situated in Morbihan, in the French province of Brittany. It has a wild coastline and is home to some of the most beautiful sea and sky views in this part of the world… Here are some of the views I captured on camera while we were on a brief holiday in the region last year.

More pics here.

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Gardening time

Yes! Finally! We’re on track… transforming a part of the property into a garden or a mini private park has begun.

Last week, we spent some four days in our Brittany home which, incidentally, is undergoing a major overhaul — from top to bottom — prioritising our garden.

Full story here


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Things to do for and with the babies, for and in the house(s), and perhaps weather permitting, do a bit of golf on the side, but not necessarily in that order!

Baby Girl shown preparing for a swing…IMG_4251

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The kiddies are growing up and becoming “independent” too. I put independent in quotation marks because in reality, their independence is still a bit of an illusion.

The boat and weekend or Sunday sailing have now been relegated to a “We’ll see…!” activity. The poor 420 which was initially loved and taken care of so enthusiastically began to be neglected. And so, today, I decided that I shall have to sadly, part with her and will put up a notice that she’s for sale.

I don’t know how the kiddies will react to the news but heck, it’s not fun doing it on your own (me, alone!) and taking care of the boat (even a 420 needs TLC every now and then).

Pictures of kiddies with Daddy boating during an outing in Brittany.

Full story here.

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A 6-day trip to Italy may be quite tiring but can also be vivifying.

Last week, we left the cold, sun-less capital of Europe to arrive in busy, noisy but sunny Naples.

I’ve always loved Italy particularly its southern coast. Its mix of sophistication and crudeness never ceases to amaze me.

Full story and more pictures in my Picture Pot-Pourri blog…

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img_3675img_3676Meet my lil bodyguard, my companion, and family’s best friend… she’s as fierce and as courageous as a Doberman and as fierce a fighter as a Pit Bull! I kid thee not!img_36663

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