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London: Next Stop - Africa

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As another sun-filled summer slips gently into a soggy autumn we are once again getting ready to leave our paradise island. We, like all voyageurs, travel to exotic places so that we can marvel at all the wonderful things we simply ignore at home: wonderful things like the spectacular vistas of ocean, mountains and forests that we see daily from our cliff top home...
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In a few days time we will be roaming the Serengeti plains and Great Rift Valley of Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes and a host of other wild creatures. But we too have a wild side in British Columbia and this summer we explored a number of neighbouring islands. British Columbia is four times the size of the United Kingdom but it has a total population of less than 5 million - more than half of whom live in the Vancouver area. It is not surprising therefore that most of our province looks like this...
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Cougars, elk, moose and bears of many kind rove freely through the numerous thickly forested mountain ranges and islands of Canada’s west coast, while the surrounding Pacific ocean is home to whales, sea lions, seals and fish of many species. The sea lions have returned from their summer fishing grounds and, while we frequently spy the sea life from our home, we rarely spot other wildlife - apart from the many doe-eyed deer that thrive on everything in our garden, and the raccoons and squirrels that raid our birdfeeders,

We’ve had a busy year starting in Sri Lanka, Thailand and China. We then spent a few weeks in the spring visiting the stately homes of southeast England where we spotted this magnificent wild pheasant...
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There is nothing wild about the manicured gardens of England’s aristocrats. Lush landscapes surround many of the great mansions that are now administered by the National Trust, like these at Wakehurst Place...
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We also visited Winston Churchill’s home at Chartwell; the boyhood home of General Wolfe (the man who trounced the French on the Plains of Abraham to secure Canada for the Brits); the famous gardens of Sissinghurst; and the splendid rhododendron groves of the 600 year old Scotney Castle...
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The endless blue skies and warm ocean winds of summer drew us back to Canada’s west coast and we wiled away the days with visits to Victoria and Vancouver. Here we are on the ferry to Vancouver..
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Every year we attend Shakespearean performances and the International firework festival in English Bay, Vancouver...
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Now we are back in London en route to our next adventure, but anyone visiting London at present will be disappointed to see its most recognizable icon swathed in scaffolding...
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Internet connection is not great on the Serengeti Plain but we hope you will be able to join us shortly as we take a walk on the wild side of Tanzania. .

Posted by Hawkson 05:22 Archived in England

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Lovely to wake up to your post. Looking forward to a new adventure with dear friends.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Still picture perfect weather on Gabriola right now. Massive pack of dolphins off Berry Point a few days ago. Good to see your blog active again.

by R and B

So happy to follow your blog again . I do hope you are able to capture some pics of the Serengeti. M.....

by Eileen wilson

We will look after Gabe while you’re away. Travel safely.

by Janet

Bon voyage dear friends and I am looking forward to waking up to your blog at least once a week 😉

by Christine Lloyd

Bon voyage my friends! I look forward to your African adventures and to seeing you again at Christmas xo

by Catherine

And yesterday, as I am doing an evening walk about of your home, there, right in front of your place three humpback whales were coming by, very close, and very unusual actually, I never seen them in these waters. But I heard from other's who saw them as well..
So, dear ones, may you have nothing but the best experiences on your travels.
G

by Gottfried Mitteregger

Looking forward to sharing your trip virtually. Can’t wait for the first giraffe photo. From pandas to giraffes - your trips always entertain.

by Tom

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