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The Event

We all attended a banquet at the Blue Mound Banquet center and then the “Authors of Siouxland” program. The formal event was at the Palace Theater. It featured authors Freya Manfred, Thomas Pope, John Rezmerski, Joe Paddock, Nancy Paddock, Jim Heynen, Scott King, with Fred Manfred Jr. as the host.           […]

The Reunion

It was a great weekend in Luverne MN. We (more about that in a minute) ventured to Luverne to join the celebration of the 100th anniversary of my Uncle’s birthday. Frederick Feikema Manfred was my Dad’s oldest brother. There were six brothers. An entertaining recapt of their childhood can be found in the Green Earth (ISBN: […]

Back to Colvill Park

On February 4th, the Bald Eagle itch got to me. It was time to venture back to Colvill Park in Red Wing. I called Marty and the two of us ventured back on the 5th for an encore trip. It started slow with little activity. Lots of Eagles, but not much activity. The Mallards, as […]

Day 10 – Last day (1/2 day) in London

Monday was our last morning in London. We successfully finished off most of the breakfast food that we bought at the local market for the week, and the coffee was used up. It was packing time so Kate and I visited the neighborhood coffee and pastry shop – Paul Rhodes. I wish there was one […]

Day 9 – Abbey Road, Hyde Park

Fortunately they indulged me. Our Oyster card expired on Saturday so I pulled out the bus maps and plotted a course for Abbey Road. According to the map we were to take the #31 to Belsize road. We did. Not bad £2 each. We walked from Belsize to Abbey road (it turns out there was […]

Day 8 – Notting Hill, Portobello Road, Mind the Gap

Yesterday was our planned trip to Portobello Road. Before we were assembled, I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. I found this cottage nestled in amongst the row houses. The lighting was challenging, so I decided to have some fun with the image. This was three images processed using HDR (high dynamic range). […]

Day 7 – Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath

Yesterday was long day. We caught our bus a short walk away from the flat at 7:20. From there we headed to Victoria terminal where most of the tour busses seemed to load up. I was quite disappointed to learn that our original tour had been cancelled. We were supposed to go to Windsor, Stonehenge […]

Day 6 – St. Paul’s, Borough Market, Tate Modern

We set off on this rainy morning to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was designed by Christopher Wren in 1675. We enjoyed the grounds and took turns taking pictures and holding the umbrella above the camera’s. It wasn’t great shooting weather but we enjoyed the cathedral. The front portico was packed with umbrellas. Everyone was […]

Day 5 – Mews, The West End, Porters, Covent Garden

We are staying in a VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) in the Notting Hill area. I am hooked on this. Short of staying in your own place or that of a friend it seems hard to beat. We have a three bedroom flat with a kitchen, 2 1/2 baths and laundry for less that most […]

Day 4 – Covent Garden, Chinatown, Soho

The day started a little slow with most sleeping in. I think that the miles of walking caught up with us. When we finally got on our way we headed to Platform 9 3/4. It was hidden away but folks seemed to find their way to it just the same. No queue, but a steady […]