Thursday, January 19, 2012

From Claire, about France:

As part of her European tour, Sandra will be coming to France in June. We are organising a 3 day get together somewhere close to Geneva, but most probably in France. We are looking for a place before we can finalise the exact dates.

And to find a place, we need to evaluate how many people are thinking of coming. To help us with that, we have created a little online survey. If you're interested in coming, please fill in the survey as soon as possible:

Filling the survey is NOT A RESERVATION. It's just intended to help us evaluate how big a place we need. We will handle reservations/registrations when the dates are finalised and the cost is known.

If you have any questions, email me in private at


Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Background Image

I started to note in the footer that it was a photo I took in 2011 in Stroud, but we were in the outskirts of Stroud, and hadn't even gone through town. I had travelled from Bristol with Alison P, to visit Katherine M's family. Coming off what seemed like flat land, we fell down into a wonderful canyon with fantastic views.

While setting up this blog, I asked Katherine what it was more specifically called, and she wrote
"The photo was taken in Wall's Quarry (or Brimscombe, which covers the larger area) and is looking towards Swells Hill. It counts as being Stroud - I guess I would always just say "Stroud" if asked where I live, and only if the person was familiar with the area would I start getting more specific."

The brighter, fuller version is here (click to enlarge):

The design along the bottom was on top of someone's roof, down the steep hill below the road. Katherine's house was up just as steep a hill on the other side of the road. It was a beautiful place and I'm glad I got to be there.