Category Archives: USA

Ambassadorial visit

Karen Pierce is the first woman UK ambassador to the US; Anne Armstrong was the first US ambassador to the UK—and my Dad painted her. Continue reading

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Nancy Balfour, my spirited aunt

My aunt, Nancy Balfour, died 20 years ago on 29 August. Here are some memories. Continue reading

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My mum’s centenary

Today, 31 March 2017, my Mum is 100 years old. Here is a little bit about her. Continue reading

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My bird year 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by my species count for the year, considering my UK travels had been limited—103 species seen and two heard.  As always, I have some happy bird-memories. The year started with a kingfisher on the River Colne … Continue reading

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Serendipity at Bolton Landing

We came upon Bolton Landing by chance, and it was just what we wanted.  Bolton Landing is at the southern end of Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains, New York State. It was Sunday 21 June, the day after the … Continue reading

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A city on foot

Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway used to be a roaring six-lane highway on the south side of Boston.  Now it is a quiet green space, with flower beds and seats.  And it is an excellent space for art. I was fortunate … Continue reading

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Campaign successes in Cataumet

The pile of marsh hay, or Eel Grass as it is known locally, on the slipway to Squeteague Harbour at Cataumet (a village in the township of Bourne, Cape Cod), is the sign that John York, who lives next door, is … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy on the meadow

On 15 June fifteen thousand of us gathered on the meadows at Runnymede, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.  We had been invited by the National Trust (landowner) and Surrey County Council.     It … Continue reading

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Happy Exelauno Day

My nephew Ben Casselman has been reminding us on  twitter and facebook that today is Exelauno Day. If like Ben you are a graduate of Roxbury Latin School, Boston, USA, you’ll know what this is about. The Greek verb ‘exelauno’ appears … Continue reading

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