A short trip to Ngorongoro – Contributed

I/we never camped in East Africa but we had many adventures to the places described. What memories are evoked! Thank you Bush narrator.

A Bushsnob in Africa

Kenya and Tanzania – February 1988

1-TZBorderPainting88mumBeautiful and promising wall-painting in a petrol station at the Kenya-Tanzania border!

The trip in a few words.


Nairobi City (Kenya) – Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania) – Manyara Lake (Tanzania) – Nairobi City (Kenya)


[1] 4WD – driver; [2]Xray – wife and game spotter – in Land Rover; [3]ScoutSpirit – driver; [4]PinkShade – partner and story teller; [5]Khanga – mum of PinkShade – in Isuzu Trooper.

2-NbiDepSafariNgoro88The team getting ready, early in the morning, around the Land Rover (PinkShade missing)

 The trip in detail.

Saturday, 20th of February – Towards the mythical crater – Getting in the mood and freezing!

In two cars, on a beautiful Saturday morning, we left Nairobi for Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. A light spirit invaded me as we set off. Initially nothing special to mention, except for the very good road…

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Postcard Sunday Is Near

The first Sunday of each month a meeting of the Pacific Northwest Postcard Collectors Club is held.  In anticipation of the March meeting I am going to post some of my cards.  I’m never quite sure what I am going to look for, nor what I am going to find, at each meeting.That’s part of the fun.Last month I got sort of carried away by Sheep.  The seller has promised to bring more “sheep” cards this month.  I am also going to be on the lookout for dogs and cats.  And cards from places where I have lived and traveled.



Skiing in Norway


Not to forget my interests in knitting and weaving


A good solid dog

2019_01_26_10_30_10.pdf000Where I worked one summer long ago – Brush & Needle Studio in Ogunquit Maine – (now Barnacle Billie’s, popular with the Bush family)


another dog




Colonel William Sydenham & the Re-taking of Weymouth.

The Crabchurch Conspiracy

At about mid-day on the 25th of February 1645, two weeks after the siege began, Sydenham was informed that a party of Royalist horse was escorting several wagon loads of supplies into Weymouth, and he decided to send out a troop of his own horse to attack the convoy in the hope of capturing a wagon or two of much needed food. It is possible that the wagons were sent by Goring himself as a gift for Dyve, and the two groups clashed somewhere near the little village of Westham, to the west of Weymouth.

Incredibly, Sydenham’s horsemen succeeded in completely routing the entire royalist escort, who fled in disarray off towards their comrades in Weymouth, leaving the Roundhead victors to try and turn the wagons about and head for the comparative safety of Melcombe with their prize. Sir Lewis Dyve had been observing this lamentable turn of events from…

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My Ancestor – Alfred Duryee Guion – 1884 – 1964

Following this blog fascinates me. There are a number of parallels with my own father’s life 1891-1949.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Last June I  read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them.

(1) Alfred Duryee Guion; (2) Alfred Peabody Guion; (3) Judith Anne Guion

Alfred Duryee Guion

Alfred Beck Guion

Ella (Duryee) Guion

Excerpts From Reminiscences of Alfred D Guion:

In 1884, the year I was born, that part of Fifth Ave., New York City, where my parents lived, was “uptown” which meant somewhere above 59th St.

                   Alfred Duryee and Elsie May Guion about 1895

From the time I was 3 years old until I was married, we lived in Mount…

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Big Bowling Competition

And the winner is…….IMG_5323At Spin Alley Edmonds Washington

One competitor was missing from this latest meeting of the brothers.  I am sure he is eager to meet up with these two at the earliest opportunity.  Seattle. Connecticut, and London – it’s a challenge to all be in the one place at the same time.  But who knows, with ,modern technology we’ll see what can be arranged.