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31 Day Blog Challenge - Day 28

Interesting idea for a blog, but going on for too long!  Hence the doubling up.  *have the attention span of a gnat*

28. What are you looking forward to?

Right now or in the future? Dinner of roasted chicken breasts, with Dauphinoise potatoes [which was yummy; i wrote this a couple of days ago].  i had a fried dinner with left overs last night; sausages, bacon, couple of slices of Spam [the only way to eat it], mushrooms, sliced potatoes and an egg.
Two concerts this month; Alison Moyet and Sandy Toskvig, though Sandy isn't a concert exactly.  Both in the same week!

29. Where have you travelled?

Are you sitting comfortably? Born here in England and started travelling when i was rising 2½, when my folks went to live in Malaya. Dad was Police, in the old Colonial Service. We were there about 5 years during the Emergency, but after i got sick, Mum and us two kids eventually went back to UK to get me sorted and Dad joined us not long after. He was then offered Borneo or Aden - wish he'd chosen Borneo! But i guess they'd got sick of leather turning green by then. :D  So, after a year back in England, we went to Aden. We were there almost 10 years, dreadful place, which left me with a deep-seated and intense dislike of Arabs in general. Both of us kids went to local schools, all the way through to GCE and in 1964, the year i left, we holidayed in New Zealand. Both my parents liked it well enough for us to settle there, when Dad got the opportunity to retire early in '66.  i spent 15 years there before i went to live in Australia, just before my folks went back to the UK.  i'd been there for 10 years when Dad died, and i came back to live with Mum.

Over the years, we'd had holidays where we visited some of the countries in Europe and various parts of Britain, so i can add France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and a tiny bit of Germany [Mum was sick and we came back early that year]. i did go back to France a couple of times, after i came back to UK.  Later, i went to USA [California, Arizona & Utah] several times and briefly to Toronto for a convention. i had a week in Venice - heaven! And a couple of weeks on a tour visiting China, fascinating place. Yup, i've been around the block a couple of times!

i found some new artists, via Mister Finch, and thought i'd share some of them with you.  First is Diana Sudyka, followed by Maiko Takeda, Yoshitaka Amano, Yuri Vasnetsov and Juliette Bates.
diana sudyka 01

Maiko Takeda Yoshitaka Amano 01
Yuri Vasnetsov 03Juliette Bates


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Oct. 9th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember spam fritters at school and I don't think I've eaten it since!

You have certainly travelled! I would really love to visit New Zealand and Australia. Very bad exchange rate at the moment though!
Oct. 10th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
Can't believe you lived in Aden! I'd love to be so well travelled. Those pics are a bit weird. :) I don't think the meme is too long, it's been very interesting, but I'm with you on the attention span of...what was I saying?
Oct. 11th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
We were never at school for lunches, Karen, but went home at midday [having done 5 hours by then]. We took enough homework with us to last at least until 4pm-5pm - gad, how i hated that! But i didn't mind spam, simply fried with or without bacon.

Do go visit the antipodes if you can, while you are still hale & hearty, well worth the visit. Give yourself some time, at least 2-3 months if you can; there's SO much to see. You have already seen some of NZ if you have seen the Lord of the Rings films. Spectacular! And everything from desert to glaciers. Australia is very much the same, though i don't remember a glacier. You do get enough snow to ski in season, and 2/3rds of the country is desert and semi-desert. NZ is a temperate climate but you get a tropical one as you get north in Aussie, with a monsoon season and massive tropical storms on the East Coast - ah, the huge wet-lands park of Kakadoo in the Wet! Amazing!
Oct. 11th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
LOL Glad you've enjoyed the meme, Ditto! Some of Juliette's photos are weird for sure
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