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Chatterbox « on: December 01, 2010, 10:56 AM »
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This name was suggested by Aileen as we both thought it would be good idea to chat about anything under the sun (if there is any!) during the 'off season' - with weather like this 'going out' is difficult - our house is at the bottom of a little but steep hill and when there's ice about it's murder just getting out of the cul-de-sac either by car or on foot. Annoying thing is the main roads are often clear until you get up onto the moor and then it's a different story (See snow pictures on Snow thread.

I originally intended this to start yesterday as it was Aileen's birthday - and she's ?? years young - you being the operative word - same age as me. Let's start off with what will you be doing until Andy plays again, in the Hopman Cup I believe. I will be finishing a couple of articles for an early January deadline. Picking up litter on our part of the moor when the weather warms up a bit (need the exercise!!) and spending Christmas with my eldest daughter and her family in Somerset - Os and I travel up with our youngest daughter and it's a lovely time. At least they are not too far away so we see them often.


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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 12:43 PM »
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And, I'm going to be drawing floor plans for a new kitchen and family room etc ...  so I am in heaven ... I love houses and everything to do with them.  Also need to design some new cushions now that I know which room will be which and what furniture will go where ... bliss - unadulaterated bliss ... LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW ...  
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010, 01:16 PM »
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I'm thinking that perhaps this new thread belongs down in Chit Chat ??
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 02:05 PM »
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....trying to figure out the difference between this thread and Randomness. Think
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 02:15 PM »
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Don't know that there is one ...  Smile
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #5 on: December 01, 2010, 02:23 PM »
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Well I can anticipate a clear difference if it remains, this one being for the oldies and the other for the youngsters. Very Happy
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #6 on: December 01, 2010, 02:31 PM »
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Well I can anticipate a clear difference if it remains, this one being for the oldies and the other for the youngsters. Very Happy
  Is it OK, Mark, it is just an offshoot really from the Getting to know you thread - we all seemed to chat away on there. It's for anyone really not just oldies and I intend to put some of my American holiday things on here if that is in order
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #7 on: December 01, 2010, 02:36 PM »
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Like so.
San Francisco

Our flight path into the airpost at San Francisco took us over the bay with its islands and bridges and, of course, the icon of this part of the world, the Golden Gate Bridge. Was I impressed? I don’t know – you see something many times on the television, in films and pictures but there’s nothing quite like seeing it for yourself and it was to feature very much in the following day’s tours.

The flight outward was 9 ½ / 10 hours – we left at 2 p.m. our time and arrived at about 4.30 p.m. their time – so we were thankful for our excellent hotel, a freshen up before a quick meal  and an early night.

The hotel served breakfast of course but our tour guide,  Joanne, suggested we visit a little café in a street behind the hotel where a Chinese family served excellent breakfasts, better and much cheaper than the hotel, so a 9 o’clock start the next saw about ten of us sitting down around 8 a.m. to juice, lovely crispy bacon with eggs easy over, toast ,coffee and all the trimmings for around £4 our money. Then it was onto a San Francisco coach for a tour of the city.  We had a special tour guide who told us a great deal about the city, so much that I can’t possibly remember it all, but the parts I most enjoyed were the older parts with the beautiful houses owned by celebrities, such as Danielle Steel. There were streets in this section where tour buses were not allowed to go but the totally varied architecture of the houses, leafy avenues and, of course, those spectacular hills made it one city I really enjoyed. The coach grounded at one junction. I’m not a city person really, much prefer the wide open spaces, but this was one city I loved and would enjoy exploring it more should we ever be lucky enough to go back again. (If we had had another day there we would have travelled the trams but later, when we tried to get on one from Fisherman’s Wharf, the queues were so long we gave up.)

We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge (Djokovic is out of Paris! Beaten in 2 sets by Llodra! – been watching while I write this and revive holiday memories!) We stopped at a viewpoint on the other side for inevitable photos of the bay, the bridge and the skyline of San Francisco. Then it was back across the bridge and up to the Golden Gate Park to stretch our legs a bit more. It is a delightful park and there are many features but the one we were closest to was the Japanese Tea Garden, very beautiful, and similar to one we went into on Darling Harbour, Sydney. Then it was on to Twin Peaks which stand above the city and, it is said, that the city was planned so that from Twin Peaks you could look straight up the Main Street.  The weather was beautiful – no San Francisco fog – they say the autumn is the best time here. In fact it was warm, sunny and clear for most of our holiday. Then the coach took us to Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco’s waterfront and quite extensive. The photograph is of one of the boats which tour the Bay and we spent an hour or so here for lunch, although we were still full from breakfast and all we had was a delicious Ben & Jerry’s berry fruit sorbet. Then it was time for our tour of the Bay, an excellent way to see SF from a different view point and of course the bridges and Alcatraz Island. It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour and of course we had all the history of Alcatraz as we went round it. It is possible to land on some of the tours but I certainly not have wanted to walk all over it. Walking any distance is a problem for me as I have to keep stopping because my hips ache so, but I did manage to do quite a bit and, of course, Os went off on his own sometimes for short spells to take photos and seek out the places I might want to get to. I certainly enjoyed the boat trip and it was a chance to get to know a few of our coach companions and they were all a very companionable lot on this tour and increased our enjoyment of the whole experience.

Then it was back to Fisherman’s Wharf to spend the rest of the day as we pleased. Close by the boat wharf was Pier 39, a delightful collection of shops and restaurants on 3 levels which overlooked the famous sea lions, although these animals seem to be a feature up and down the coast here. These were a smelly lot too but well worth watching for a while. We enjoyed browsing round the shops on Pier 39, having a drink at a café and buying fruit at the fruit market.

We decided on a fairly early dinner and it was about 5.30 p.m. when we went into Neptune’s, a reasonably priced restaurant on the end of the pier which overlooked the bay. Our meal was delicious. Os had a seafood pasta and I had a medley of fish in very light breadcrumbs which seemed to hold every ounce of moisture, salmon, shrimps and a white fish and tasty chips plus a side salad. American meals are very generous and they usually offer you a bag to put in all you can’t eat. We overlooked a breakwater at the end of the pier and were well entertained by the pelicans diving off the breakwater and coming up with a beakfull of fish. We had seen that trams ran from the end of the pier and we thought we would make our way back to the hotel via a tram or two but the queue was lengthy and we sat and watched the comings and goings for a while and then decided on a taxi from the nearby rank. Enjoying yourself is a very tiring way of spending a day, it was 7.30 p.m. when we got back to the hotel and it was feet up on the enormous bed the Americans delight in in hotels and a spot of watching American TV. We were to be up at 6 the following morning, cases outside the door at 7 a.m. to leave at 8 a.m. after breakfast at the café.


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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #8 on: December 01, 2010, 02:39 PM »
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Well I can anticipate a clear difference if it remains, this one being for the oldies and the other for the youngsters. Very Happy

How did I KNOW you would say that ...  shocking lol  Because I said EXACTLY the same thing to Jan.  However, I did not use the word "oldies", but was polite and said "mature" .... you're a baddie whip lol
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #9 on: December 01, 2010, 02:42 PM »
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Photos: Fisherman's Wharf or part of it. Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatrez Island and Pier 39.


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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #10 on: December 01, 2010, 02:43 PM »
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This is Alcatraz Island


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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #11 on: December 01, 2010, 02:43 PM »
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Oh what memories Jan ... I can smell Fisherman's Wharf!

Just to be persnickety ... it's eggs over easy (not that I'm picking on you or anything ) ... lol  hug
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #12 on: December 01, 2010, 02:44 PM »
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This is Pier 39


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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #13 on: December 01, 2010, 02:44 PM »
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Oh what marvellous photographs ... nothing has changed - imagine that !!  Notice how clean it all is - no litter.
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Re: Chatterbox « Reply #14 on: December 01, 2010, 02:45 PM »
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Sea Lions at Pier 39


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