I have just returned from a fantastic holiday in Sydney courtesy of my elder son Sloane, who flew me out to celebrate one of his special birthdays. Looking back on it, I think without a doubt it rates as being amongst the happiest and most wonderful holidays I have ever had.
It was my first visit to Australia in the 13 years that Sloane has lived there, and my goodness what a lovely city Sydney is, with its myriad beaches and hidden coves; tree-lined streets and evergreen flowering trees; and winding hilly streets with spectacular views of harbours filled with boats of all sizes.
The temperature ranged from 24 to 30 degrees and above, but having lived in Jamaica during a period of my life for 14 years, I am accustomed to that heat and I can quite see why people love living there. Sloane swims twice a day, very early in the morning at a small wonderful beach called Nelson’s Port before going to work – and in the evening on his return.
Among a host of wonderful happenings, I flew over, sailed under and drove over Harbour Bridge! How about that!
Another special event was being taken to a spectacularly brilliant performance of Madame Butterfly at the wonderful Sydney Opera House – what a treat! One of the most memorable I have ever seen, with the added brilliance of Anthony Legge the famous Glyndebourne conductor. The renowned acoustics are indeed quite exceptionally good.
My younger son Angus, who works for the World Health Organisation, joined us from Bangkok for three days. This was just wonderful, as this was his first visit to Australia, and he too loved the whole experience.
I happened to read Bill Bryson’s book ‘Down Under’ whilst I was there, and whereas Bryson waxes lyrical about the Australian continent as a whole, he seemed beset by the terrors of the many poisonous creatures that he felt were lurking everywhere to get him and give him a long, lingering and agonising death!! He survived and so did I!
From Sydney I flew to visit a special goddaughter and her lovely family who live perched high above Wellington. Wellington is not as beautiful as Sydney, but it has its own unique charm and once again I was shown all the sights. I also visited friends of very long standing who live along the coast at Howard’s Point. They took me to South Island, docking in Picton. One of the most spectacular views of the whole trip as we approached Picton, was sailing through narrow high tree-topped gorges that had small white sand beaches at their feet.
It is surprising the weather in Wellington doesn’t reflect the fact that the nearest land to the south is Antarctica – but it certainly lives up to its name of ‘Windy Wellington’ – so forget any hair styles!!
I have suffered horribly with jet lag since coming back to the UK, but, after two weeks, I am just returning to normal!!!
The crop circle season approaches, though I have a feeling it will have a late start unless the weather picks up, but please get in touch soon if you would like to join one of my crop circle tours as the places are already being booked.
All very best wishes,
For 2015, I have arranged two exclusive crop circle tours.
The first tour is on Thursday 30th July 2015 and includes an optional extra of a private entry evening visit to Stonehenge.
The second tour is on Tuesday 4th August 2015. This includes an optional extra of a flight over the crop circles and the surrounding sacred area at the end of the day.
Please book early to avoid disappointment. In case of cancellations I have a waiting list. If interested in booking a place, please email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you all a wonderfully happy and peaceful Christmas and may the New Year 2015 bring you great joy, contentment and positive happenings.
If you leave the two capitals of Sofia and Bucharest, like Romania there are many rock hewn churches to be found in Bulgaria with wonderfully preserved 13th and 14th century murals.
I walked round the beautifully kept pedestrian area of Sofia, and together with other notable buildings visited the Eastern Orthodox St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a magnificent golden domed edifice that was built between 1904-1912. There was also a splendid Russian Orthodox Church but sadly it was under repair so entry was not allowed, but the golden spires and cupolas were lavishly majestic.
St. Alexander Nevsky was a Russian prince and the cathedral was built in honour of the Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 which resulted in the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule. The interior of the cathedral is splendidly decorated with various colours of Italian marble, Brazilian onyx and alabaster and is a wondrous sight to behold.
My talk consisted of facts and examples of circles that defied any human involvement, my scientific work, and in great detail the extraordinary Chilbolton and Crabwood formations.
That evening, after the talks, there was great jubilation and we all went to a wonderful restaurant as the conference was not only a success but in the follow up made good progress with the scientists from Ireland and Norway being part of the action group to set up a centre at the Institute based on the principles of contemporary science and co-creative science as a functioning unit. The exciting part of the research is that this will pioneer these protocols for the first time with any institute. A huge and memorable achievement.
It was a memorable visit for me, as I was treated with great kindness, and my crop circle subject was treated with respect.
If you haven’t got your 2015 calendar yet, there are still some left. I have received many positive comments about them and I am sure you will enjoy it during the coming year. They also make excellent Christmas gifts! I wish you all a wonderfully happy and peaceful Christmas and may the New Year 2015 bring you great joy, contentment and positive happenings.