Jun 18

Road Sign

Posted by Simon

We might need one of these signs on upper Sierra Madre Villa:


Jun 6


Posted by Simon

It is spring in Southern California and to massacre a metaphor the low hanging fruit are nature pictures.

We visited Lotusland in Montecito, near Santa Barbara last Friday and learned a little about Ganna Walska the garden’s creator and got some great photos.

The best single word for Lotusland is eclectic.

or maybe eccentric.

If you like gardens Lotusland is definitely worth a visit.  Reservations required.

Many more photos on Flickr

Jun 2

Tour of California

Posted by Simon

I went with Lillian, Barbara and Gordon to watch the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race a few weeks ago and had a terrific time.

It took all day but it was great fun to be up in the mountains at Mt Baldy Village with thousands of people who shared a strange enthusiasm for bicycle racing.  We were at a spot where we could see the racers go by twice and we did but the actual part where you watch the race is perhaps five minute each time.

Most of the time is taken up eating, watching the other spectators and casual riders, repositioning and trying to find your friends.  As the riders came by I rang a cowbell to encourage them and it seemed to work.  And I get to write the word peloton and know what it means.

Bicycle racing is a perfect sport for advertising upscale products.  The fans are all upper middle class people with nice cars free time and disposable income.  It is not unusual for someone to spend $3000 for a recreational bicycle and then an additional $1000 each for some super tires and wheels.

I get high with a little help from my friends

The Tour of California isn’t as big as the Tour de France yet but I predict that it will be in thirty years or so.


May 28

Wild Flowers 2012

Posted by Simon

In preparation for our hike in the Alps for my 65th birthday I have been doing some practice hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains.  As you can imagine I take great pleasure in being able to write that I am going hiking in the Alps.  Yes life is good.  On these training hikes I’ve taken a few good photos of the spring wild flowers.  Here are a few:

Wild Mustard on a hillside

a close up of the mustard

Orange Flowers

See lots more spring flowers in my Flickr album

Volunteer Vincas?

Even the desert can bloom.

Apr 10

The food in the
UK has gotten much
better (mostly because
of Immigration) The
crown jewels have
stayed the same.
Jolly Good!

Roots at N1 (one of our best meals in London)

Simon and his lovely aunts

Apr 2

UK Photos

Posted by Simon

Our trip to England for Bethany and Jame’s wedding was great.

It was fun visiting the family and the weather was terrific in London.

We visited some museums and gardens, went to Billy Elliot and visited Chislehurst Caves.  I might post more details later.

There are 50 photos on Flickr here with pithy comments.



Mar 21

Spring in London

Posted by Simon

It is Spring in London and we were lucky enough to be in Kew Gardens

For the daffodils.

And the Magnolias in bloom with a perfect guide.

Mar 19

UK visit one

Posted by Simon

We were in the Derby area in the north on England over the weekend for the wedding of Bethany, my niece and James Atherton. It was a lovely affair with lots of dancing and good fun. Here are a few unedited and badly uploaded pictures.

James and Bethany cut the cake. Delicious

Nicholas and his grandfather

Simon with Auntie Florence and Auntie Janet

Rebecca, Bethany Burrow Atherton and Lilli

The Burrow “boys” in attendance. James, Simon, Matthew and Thomas

Nurit and Lynne

Mar 12

Cancun Photos Finally

Posted by Simon

After a lot of procrastinating here finally are an album of photos from our trip to Cancun last month with Howard and Aty.

Full Album Here

Teaser Photos here:



Action sports


Life is Good!

Link to my other brilliant Cancun stories

Mar 9


Posted by Simon

A few hours drive south of Cancun on an excellent highway are the ruins of Tulum a Mayan site that has been very well restored.


After our visit to Tulum we drove north a few miles to Akumal and had a sunset dinner at La Buena Vida. We had the best ceviche in memory sitting at a table right on the sand on beautiful Half Moon Bay. Life truly is good!


My recommendation, if you are staying on the Mayan Riviera and have one day for tourism skip the snorkel parks. Go to Tulum and hire a guide for the history stuff and then head to the beach at Akumal for free swimming and snorkeling. Finally eat at La Buena Vida.