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El Tropicana Night Club in Havana, Cuba, January 2023

 

 

Spain, Caribbean and The Azores, January and February 2023

 

Spain

 

Vigo, Spain, January 2023

 

Vigo, Spain, January 2023

 

Vigo, Spain, January 2023

 

Madeira

 

Funchal. Madeira January 2023

 

Funchal. Madeira January 2023

 

Barbados

 

Speightstown, Barbados, January 2023

 

 

Drinking Rum in Barbados!

 

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 2023

 

Grenada

 

St. Georges, Grenada

 

Grenada Spices and Rum

 

Grenada Waterfall

 

Grenada Women and Grenada Spice Seller

 

Grenada Jungle

 

Rooster

 

St. Georges, Grenada

 

St. Vincent

 

St. Vincent January 2023

 

Kingstown St. Vincent

 

Kingstown St. Vincent

 

Kingstown St. Vincent

 

Kingstown St. Vincent

 

Botanical Gardens St. Vincent

 

Botanical Gardens St. Vincent

 

Jamaica

 

Coconut Seller, Jamaica

 

Young Coconut

 

Jamaican Goat

 

Trelawny Parish Church Jamaica

 

 

Cuba

 

A local band in Santiago de Cuba has a new maracas player

 

 

Fidelidad al Son live at Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba.

 

Rooftop Bar in Hotel Casa Granda, Santiago de Cuba

 

Rooftop Bar in Hotel Casa Granda, Santiago de Cuba

 

View from Rooftop Bar in Hotel Casa Granda

 

View from Rooftop Bar in Hotel Casa Granda

 

Havana is full of Classic America Cars

 

Classic America Cars

 

 

Classic America Cars

 

Our 1953 Cadillac

 

Inside a 1953 Cadillac

 

Original straight 6 engine, 1953 Cadillac

 

Castillo del Morro Cuba

 

Castillo del Morro Cuba

 

Castillo del Morro Cuba

 

Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana.

 

Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana.
 

Cafe Del Angel, Havana.

 

Cafe Del Angel, Havana.

 

El Cobre Basilica

 

El Cobre Basilica

 

Castro's Tomb, Santiago de Cuba.

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Dancer at Club Tropicana, Havana.

 

Most of Cuba is poor and very rural.

 

Cayman Islands

 

Beach Bar, Cayman Islands

 

 

A place called Hell, Cayman Islands

 

Hell, Cayman Islands.

 

British Virgin Islands

 

British Virgin Islands February 2023

 

 

British Virgin Islands February 2023

 

British Virgin Islands February 2023

 

British Virgin Islands February 2023

 

Callwood Rum Distillery, British Virgin Islands

 

Antigua

 

Antigua February 2023

 

Antigua February 2023

 

 

Antigua February 2023

 

 

Eric Clapton's House, Antigua February 2023

 

Nelson's Dockyard Antigua February 2023

 

 

Nelson's Dockyard Antigua February 2023

 

Nelson's Dockyard Antigua February 2023

 

Nelson's Dockyard Antigua February 2023

 

Nelson's Dockyard Antigua February 2023

 

Azores

 

Ponta Delagada, Azores

 

Ponta Delagada, Azores

 

Ponta Delagada, Azores

 

Ponta Delagada, Azores

 

Ponta Delagada, Azores

 

Ponta Delagada, Azores

 

Ponta Delagada, Azores

 

Plymouth, March 2023

 

The Barbican Plymouth March 2023

 

The Barbican Plymouth March 2023

 

The Barbican Plymouth March 2023

 

 

The Barbican Plymouth March 2023

 

Plymouth Gin Distillery

 

Plymouth Gin Distillery

 

 

Plymouth, March 2023

 

Ocean View at The Dome, Plymouth.

 

Plymouth Hoe

 

Trerice Elizabethan Manor House

 

Carn Euny Iron Age Settlement

 

Carn Euny Iron Age Settlement

 

Carn Euny Iron Age Settlement

 

Carn Euny Iron Age Settlement
 

Porthgwarra Cove

 

Porthgwarra Cove

 

Porthgwarra Cove

 

Mid 15th Century Wall Painings, St Breaca Church, Breage

 

Mid 15th Century Wall Painings, St Breaca Church, Breage

 

St. Breaca Church was built of granite in the mid-15th-century. On the north wall are five medieval wall paintings and theĀ Warning to the Sabbath-Breakers, intended to discourage sabbath breaking and blasphemy.

 

St Nonna Church, Altarnun

 

St Nonna Church, Altarnun

 

St. Nonna's Church in Altanun is known as "the Cathedral of the Moors" and is justly famed for its collection of 79 carved bench ends. It is unusual for work of this kind to be signed; however this is. The signature is to be found on the bench end next to the font. The inscription is worn, but enough remains to be able to make out that all the bench ends were carved by Robart Daye between 1510 and 1530. The carvings have survived the Reformation, The Civil War, which raged all around, and Victorian restorations. They represent not only biblical references but also earlier superstitions and local activities.

 

Bench End carved by Robart Daye between 1510 - 1530, St Nonna Church, Altarnun
 

 

St Nonna Church, Altarnun

 

Boscastle

 

Bermuda, May / June 2023 - Verity's Wedding

 

Bermuda, May 2023

 

Bermuda Day May 2023

 

We left over a week of clear blue skies and beautiful sunny (but not too hot) weather in Cornwall, for the wettest May Bermuda has had since 1949! The weather was mixed as evidenced by the downpour during the Bermuda Day parade, but sunny and cool at times. We Brits were accused of bringing our weather with us. Some locals claimed never to have seen fog before. However, the cool weather suited us on the wedding day as it was protection against the usual heat, sunburn and humidity for the celebrations, which were all outside.

 

Bride and Groom (photo copyright https://alexandermasters.com)

 

Father and Mother of the Bride (photo copyright https://alexandermasters.com)

 

Father of the Bride Speech (photo copyright https://alexandermasters.com)

 

Clair and I spent a week before the wedding exploring Bermuda and were delighted to meet the full extended family of our wonderful new Bermudian in-laws. Their generosity and hospitality is monumental. General consensus is that it was the best wedding ever.

 

 

Cigar smoking outside our Bermuda air b'n'b

 

Summer 2023 - Cornwall

 

Cornish hedgerows bathed in summer sun.

 

Antony House, Torpoint

 

Broomhill Tearoom, Antony Woodland Garden

 

We returned from Bermuda to find the fine summer weather had remained in Cornwall

 

 

Tall Ships, Falmouth August 2023

 

Autumn 2023

 

Black Sabbath - The Ballet

 

No - you didn't misread the poster. We saw Birmingham Royal Ballet perform a Black Sabbath ballet at The Theatre Royal in Plymouth. A surprisingly popular event that sold out in Birmingham, London ad Plymouth. The first act was superb, with a couple dancing a memorable perpetual kiss. A great night out and a good opportunity to stay again in Plymouth's Barbican area.

 

 

 

 

Sibton Park, Suffolk

 

Sister 4/4 celebrated a big birthday by renting Sibton Park in Suffolk for her siblings and their families (about 30 of us) for a weekend. A murder mystery formal dinner and a treasure hunt amongst other events made a great family occasion. More pictures of this stunning 13-bedroom, 19th Century, Georgian Manor house are here. It was the second time this year that we were all together after a fabulous wedding in Bermuda.

 

 

 

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