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Category Archive: England Adventure

Jan 31

So where did January go?

Hello from snow blanketed Chichester! We had hoped to see snow while here and we got what we wanted.  It was a very light dusting and occurred over night, but it was nonetheless very exciting to wake up to the beautiful white blanket outside this morning.  It is Saturday, so Mostyn did not have to …

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Jan 10

New Year’s Greetings

Dearest Friends and Family, Happy New Year to one and all from the Gale’s, back happily in Chichester after gallivanting over the holidays! Mostyn has posted (or will) about most of the Christmas trip west to Cornwall, but left out Looe and Port Issac, so I will pick up there and also give a brief …

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Dec 25

Merry Christmas – Blessing and Peace to All!

We are so blessed with all that we have – our family and all of you, our friends.  Sorry we have not sent out our usual Christmas letter this year – please forgive me, but I hope that our blog partly makes up for it. We just returned from a small holiday trip to the …

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Dec 20

First Day of Holiday Break

The first College term has ended – wow, those twelve weeks just flew by!  Now we have a two week break for the holidays.  This is the first chance that Deb and I have had a real chance to get out a bit further than a few miles from Chichester.  So, we have planned a …

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Dec 04

The Place Where Time Begins

Does time really have a beginning?  This past week the Clocks students from West Dean College went to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, http://www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory.  In 1884 at the International Meridian Conference in Washington DC, 22 countries voted to adopt Greenwich observatory as zero degrees longitude—a loose interpretation of the place where time begins. The observatory was …

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Nov 22

The Clockmakers Livery Dinner

Probably one of the most memorable events of this England adventure for us will be the Clockmakers Livery Dinner that Debbie and I attended this week.  At the Pasadena Symposium that I helped organize last September, I was invited to become a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.  This Company is one of the oldest …

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Nov 08

Debbie’s month long impressions

So thought I should update my home front side of things here in blogland!  And now that I have been here over a month thought it an appropriate time to do so. One thing has not changed and that is how much I miss family and friends from home! I am keeping up regularly with …

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Nov 01

A Hoop and Spurs

Perhaps this sounds a little like something to do with horses and cowboys or a San Antonio basketball team but, yes, really, it has to do with clocks.  Some old English clocks were attached to the wall with a hoop – essentially a hanging bracket.  The spurs were used at the bottom of the clock …

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Oct 26

West Dean College – a place for me

What is West Dean College all about? Yes, West Dean College is a different type of college and so small that not many people have heard of it.  Like many things in England it has a history and I was surprised to learn that some of it has an American connection. The College was founded …

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Oct 15

We’re Underway

It has been a month since I posted last and it is hard to believe that it has been so long.  On the other hand, so much has happened in that time.  In short, we finally got approval for Debbie to come and stay here for the duration of my studies (in fact she can …

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