Response: I think the Morpeth Rap must have been the one we watched years ago in Norfolk. Very entertaining as the troupe turned up with one member short and a gallant but foolhardy fellow volunteered to fill the gap. He obviously had never Morris danced before and just went along with the flow but lagging by a few seconds at each new turn and twist. And this is where the Rap comes in because he endured, all in good humour it has to be said, innumerable blows from an assortment of wooden implements wielded enthusiastically by the more adept members. At least they provided him with a crash helmet. Hope your experiences were less painful.
We are back home now by the way and trying to recover from jet lag etc.
Response: We are in Chicago now which is not quite as cold as further north. Hopefully weather in N Yorks is a bit milder and a few days without too much driving would be welcome. We were in the Art Institute today looking at superb art including some fine paintings by Winslow Homer who was the American artist who spent time in Cullercoats in the 1880s and is generally regarded as one of America's finest. Will be home on Thursday and will call you soon.
Love Carol and Peter
Response: Yes we wll be home on Thursday. It has been a great trip but because the weather has turned so cold we are quite looking forward to returning home.
Response: Enjoy your dancing. I don't know but a bit of woodsmoke odour would go down well in a bit of country or square dancing or how about a hoedown?
Response: Talking about poles - when we were negotiating an awkward traverse in the Arches I said to Mum hold out your pole and I will pull you up. Completely forgetting that telescopic poles will come apart if the joints are not tightly fastened. Immediately afterwards I thought; no that was not a good idea.
Response: That wasn't the answer we were looking for.
Response: Agree. We had an interesting experience in Taos with a Giclee producer. We gave him 4 pictures from our trip on a USB storage stick and he then massaged the images with photoshop etc and then printed out on his commercial high definition multi ink printer 20 X 14 inch prints. Absolutely superb - amazing definition and colours. He was quite impressed himself.
Response: Hope N Yorkshire is not suffering from same drought like weather (I doubt it!). We are looking forward to typical cool, damp and green conditions after all the scorching sun and high temperatures here.
Response: Will call soon.
Love Mum and Dad
Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It was very nice to see you at the American Gothic House. Happy that you are enjoying our pictures.
Peter and Carol.
Response: Thanks for your comments. I think it was more along the lines of 'Teddybears Picnic'. We are enjoying the amazing landscapes and sun. We haven't had one bad day so far. Keep up the good work.
Love Carol and Peter
Response: Glad that you and Alastair are having a good time together. We are enjoying stupendous scenery and wonderful sunshine - a bit too hot for comfort today at 103 deg F as we were grinding up to another beautiful arch. Lots of love
Carol and Peter
Response: Tried to call you on Sunday at about 16.30 your time but you must have been out. Will try again soon.
Love Mum and Dad
Response: Enjoy your birdwatching. We haven't seen a lot of wildlife here. We would see more if we were out at the crack of dawn or late evening but during middle of day when we are out sensible creatures are out of the sun and resting. Lots of lizards, small unidentifiable birds, the odd turkey vulture, various hawks, that's about it.
Love Carol and Peter.
Response: We have no ambitions about extreme 4wd all we want is to have access to interesting places offroad with more confidence than we experienced with last year's Cadillac, Love Mum and Dad
Response: Glad you had a good time and fine weather in Cornwall. Those coastal walks really are superb. When we visited the Eden project it was quite new so expect the plants etc. will be much more impressive now. We have now arrived in Utah and are planning to visit the Dinosaur National Monument so should be interesting.
We saw a real buffalo yesterday in yellowstone. It wandered right up to us as we were standing on a boardwalk admiring a geyser. Fortunately it seemed totally disinterested in humans but we could almost have touched it.
Response: I had forgotten that we had seen the blackbird at mildenhall but not surprising as it was their European base for their spy missions at the time. Apparently when on operations flying at 16 miles high at mach 3 when the russian migs tried to intercept which they did on many occasions the blackbird just outstripped any missiles fired at them. They did not need armaments nothing could touch them.
Response: No we do not have skype on the laptop but will call you using our phone card. Will try tomorrow about 5 pm your time.
Response: Sorry. We did ring tonight for quite a long time but missed you. Will ring tomorrow. Love Mum and Dad