Wednesday 29 December 2010

Family Photographs

Before Hannah left Langholm to go back to Newcastle today she insisted that we all had our photograph taken in fron of the Christmas Tree. The house is going to be so quiet now they have left, but we will see them again on Sunday when Hannah will be 5.

Monday 27 December 2010

Gavin & Hannah go Sledging

Photograph courtesy of Mr. Tootlepedal whose blog can be seen at

Eleanor talks to Granny Gaye on the Phone

Fraser took this photograph on Christmas Day as Granny Gaye was speaking to Eleanor on the phone.

Visit from Alistair & Claire

Fraser's friend Alistair Hutton and his wife Claire visited us on Boxing Day. It brought back some happy memories of their visit to Salt Lake City 5 years ago for Fraser & Leslie's wedding.
Leo was well entertained by Alistair.

Sunday 26 December 2010

Fun on the Sledge

Two Lovely Girls

A nice walk on Boxing Day is great fun especially with Hannah who has such an imagination and the sledge became her dog being led along on a lead.

Wednesday 22 December 2010

Canonbie to Langholm following River Esk

Another Wednesday so another walk, this time from Canonbie to Langholm and as much as possible we followed the fishermens footpath at the side of the river. The photograph above is of the Esk just above Hollows Mill and it is frozen solid all the way over. We did not however attempt to walk accross. We had gone down on the 9.25am bus to Canonbie, which was spot on time so great credit is due to First Scotland. Tom had decided he would wear his crampons having spent £40 on them last year so he was determined to get his moneys worth.

Thursday 16 December 2010

Tom's Birthday Walk

Tom's choice for the walk was to complete the Cumbria Coastal Footpath missing link from the Metal Bridge on the M74 to the Eden Bridge in Carlisle. a distance of almost 12 miles. Most of the route followed the River Eden and it is an area rarely visited by anybody with only a couple of small villages and a few farms. Definately the forgotten corner of Cumbria. Apart from a heavy snow shower early in the walk the weather was excellent but became much colder in the afternoon.

Thursday 25 November 2010

John & Craig

John's son Craig joined the Last of the Summer Wine crew for our walk as he had a few days holiday and was spending them down in Langholm. Unfortunately Martin was unable to join us today as he had family duties having just become a Grandfather last week. Special mention should be made of Bowman the Old English Sheepdog as he was so well behaved especially when we met a bull in the field we were going through.

David's Birthday Walk

After meeting at Selkirk we took the bus to Melrose for the start of our 9.5 mile walk back to Selkirk which is a section of the Border Abbey Way. We had done this walk 3 years ago but in the other direction when Tom chose it for his birthday walk. We completed the walk in about 4 hours and had an enjoyable light meal in a coffee shop in the Market Place in Selkirk at the finish.

Saturday 13 November 2010

Long Meg

This is Long Meg from the Stone Circle of Long Meg and her Daughters which we visited on our Eden Valley Walk near the village of Glassonby. The walk was almost 9 miles and the weather on Wednesday was just superb.

Apples Galore

John, Tom, and I had a very enjoyable walk in the Eden Valley on Wednesday and we came upon the Apple Tree with all the leaves gone and the Apples still on it. The branches were almost breaking with the weight of Apples. That evening we had severe gale force winds so I would imagine all the Apples would have been blown off the tree.

Christmas Cactus

The original plants of these Christmas Cactus came from Dalbeattie over 30 years ago and Gaye has taken many cuttings from them and given loads of cuttings to friends. They flower every November and this year they are as nice as we have ever seen them.

Sex and the City

Gaye on her way out to see Sex and the City at the Buccleuch Centre as it is a special Charity evening organised by her Cancer Support Group Group. She looks stunning in pink.

Friday 29 October 2010

Hannah & Lauren

Monday 25 October 2010

A Walk Round Haweswater

We have been very fortunate with excellent weather every Monday this month and today was no exception. Tom and I set out at 9.00am to walk the 10 mile circuit of Haweswater in the North Lakes. It was very cold when we started (-2c) but by the time we had walked a couple of miles the sun was up and it was a beautiful day. We had a picnic lunch at the southern end of the Lake and then headed on the road along the eastern bank of the lake finishing after about 4.5 hours. It looks as if our regular Monday walks will change to a Wednesday from 3rd November as Tom now has to get back early every Monday to get ready to go to Carlisle to play Bridge. Over the last 2 years since I retired we must have done over 80 Monday walks and very few of them have been cancelled due to bad weather so I hope the trend continues with Wednesdays.

Tuesday 12 October 2010

A Day at Ullswater

This was our first walking trip together for over 6 weeks so it was nice to get into the Lake District and the weather was just amazing with an upper temperature of 18C and virtually no wind. We took the ferry from Glenridding to Howtown and then walked 7 miles round Ullswater back to Glendinning.

Monday 27 September 2010

Family Party at South Jordan

Nancy & Kelly hosted a family party for us on the eve of our departure home.

The Graham Family in Salt Lake City

Saturday 25 September 2010

Log Cabin

This Log Cabin at the "This is the Place Museum" was the home of a family with 13 children

The Knitters

Gaye & Leslie knitting like mad

Thursday 23 September 2010

A Wet Almond

Almond just loves going into City Creek

Almond Loves the Water

Lunch at West Jordan

Granny Ward, Cousin Mike, Sidne, & Gaye

Granny Ward, Cousin Mike, Gavin & Gaye

Cowboy Gaye

Wednesday 22 September 2010

Bear River Lodges

These were high up over the Bear River and were luxurious inside.

Bear River Adventure

Leslie on her ATV

This Yurt is in the middle of nowhere and can be hired as it sleeps up to 8 people. It is mostly used by skiers in the winter months

Lily Lake is 9000ft up in the Uintas and is named after the water Lillies growing in it.

Gavin & Leslie on ATVs

Tuesday 21 September 2010

Leslie & Eleanor at Bear River Lodges

Fraser Crossing Bear River

ATV Bike


Never thought i would see Gaye on an ATV Vehicle


This is at Bear River and is from 8500ft upwards. The trees are mostly Aspens and the colours were magnificent.

Saturday 18 September 2010

Eleanor and Fraser at the Utah State Fair

Gaye & Leslie

Gaye & Leslie at City Creek Picnic Area

Friday 17 September 2010

Thursday 16 September 2010

The Pacific

On the Beach at Eureka, Northern California. The Weather was a bit Misty and Cool, but 3 miles inland it was 70F

Driving Through a Tree

Sidne Drives the Hire Car Through a Redwood Tree

Trees,Trees, and More Trees

 These Photographs are from the Redwoods National Park

Wednesday 8 September 2010

View from Carlo & Sidne's House

House at Mendon

What a difference a year makes.

Tuesday 7 September 2010

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