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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Austin - shines in the lone star state


Now that I live in America, it was only a matter of time before I turned up in Texas. Austin gets a lot of hype so that’s where I tied up my ‘hoss’ (that’s ‘horse’ to you and me, and it was more like a plane, and I didn’t tie it up anywhere).

The first thing I noticed on touch down was the Texan heat, maaan, they like it hothothot down there, ‘hotter than a snakes butt in a wagon rut’ (I don’t know what that means, but it’s a Texan expression! How lovely). The second thing I noticed is that everyone really does say “Y’all”, which I found very endearing, everyone was like a character from the Waltons.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Yosemite - What's Buzzin Cuzin

Ain't she purty


My favourite form of nature is woodlands so for me getting to visit Yosemite is a little slice of tree heaven. I also hoped I would meet Yogi Bear but that turns out to be Jellystone Park, which according to google maps does not exist (pah, what do they know BooBoo).
Don't go chasing waterfalls

If you’re a visitor to San Francisco you can join a day tour to Yosemite National Park, which involves an early start, a long bus journey, and a train ride. When my Dad was visiting we took a chance on this and it’s not as bad as it sounds, bring a book or just sit back and take in the passing fields of sugar cane, the rows of swaying corn, the slender almond trees and the graceful grape vines.  

Or, a group of you can pile in a car, slap on some music, get lost together (hard to get lost separately when you’re in the same car) and discover little dinky towns for pitstops, picture snaps and poking good natured fun e.g. Copperopolis – a genuine mining town but with a comic book name.