Category Archives: USA

Be more conversational!

Fifty years ago I made my first speech, to my classmates. It was about national parks. Continue reading

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The power of walking

Kamala Harris’s future career was shaped by long walks with her grandfather along Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai. Continue reading

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A unique festival

40 years ago was the start of the Devon American Fortnight festival of which I was the administrator. Continue reading

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Triple whammy at Yellowstone

Fifty years ago this month I had a memorable experience in the Yellowstone National Park. Continue reading

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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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