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Hello from England

Surrey, England: Greetings from two very tired, jet-lagged travelers. Dave and I flew from LAX Monday evening and found ourselves in the United Kingdom noonish Tuesday.

Our great friends, Shirley & Martin, were there to fetch us from Heathrow International and drove us back to their home to rest. Neighbors in Taipei (early '80s), we have remained friends with this lovely family and have visited each other many times since our Taiwan days. Martin & Shirley attended Lisa and Lenny's wedding in Palm Springs.

Me, Shirley, The Bride, Martin, Lady Katharine (more about her later) & DT -
a few days after Lisa & Lenny's wedding in Palm Springs

After settling-in to the guest room at their home, we sat in the back garden and chatted for quite a while.

This is the view of the back from the tennis court. Yes, you heard me right - the tennis court. The oldest part of the house is 420 years "young".

DT and I had a plan to stay awake until at least nine o'clock to fight jet lag, so Shirley and Martin took us for a 2.5 mile walk around Virginia Waters - a large lake, lush with landscaping, owned by the Queen. The Queen allows the public to roam in her garden and only charges for parking.

I snapped many pretty photos and will post some here and then get myself to bed.

Virginia Waters

Totem Pole - gift to the Queen from Canada

Footpath around Virginia Waters


Another view of the lake

Hydrangea Garden

Hydrangea Garden

We returned to Shirley & Martin's home to feast on a wonderful salmon dinner and homemade chocolate tart with gigantic raspberries.

Until my next update, I remain, your jet-lagged correspondent.