Category Archives: Tony

Tony is one half of Debbie And Tony and write about many different topics, including Technology and Travel, Photography and Poetry, Ancient History and also what is going on in the lives of Tony And Debbie.

A New Year And A New Beginning

As 2013 comes to an end and a new year is about to start, I decided to revamp our site and to make a new beginning in 2014.

This blog has been sadly neglected for the past year as I have been busy writing elsewhere, but it’s now been brought up to date, given a new theme and hopefully a new lease of life.

When I had to reload all my sites 2 years ago because our host account got hacked, we lost all our subscribers when I reloaded it, and so traffic has been relatively sluggish since, not helped by the fact that I haven’t been publishing much.

I hope to change that, and aim to change my writing focus towards Delovesto rather than the various other sites that I have been publishing on lately.

So if you see this, read a few of the other posts, and like what you see, please share and/or subscribe to us so that we can keep you updated when we publish something new.

Happy New Year for 2014.

Tony & Debbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Is My Favourite Time Of Year

When I look back at my life, it’s easy to see why I readily admit that Summer is my favourite time of year.

I grew up at the seaside, just outside of Bournemouth on the south coast of England, in a small village called Lilliput, right on the edge of Sandbanks, which is now one of the most expensive places to live in the world.

There we had a beach hut, and since my Mum didn’t work, up to the age of 15 I spent every fine day of the summer months at the beach.

Years later I spent some time in New Zealand, where I learned to Scuba Dive, and also spent a lot of time in the ocean, either diving, snorkeling or just enjoying the beach.

For 12 years I traveled extensively in the Caribbean for work, where I had the opportunity to snorkel and dive again, and more recently I spent 3 years living in South Florida, where of course the beach and ocean are right there close at hand.

It’s not just the beach life that I love of course, it’s the ability to be outside much of the time without freezing to death. 

Florida in particular gave me the opportunity to take up walking, and to work out get fit for once in my life.  

I never felt better than I did during my last 2 years in Florida, but sadly since returning to the UK the often inclement weather has limited my ability to go out and exercise as much as I would like.

So naturally I am excited about flying back to Florida tomorrow for two weeks, and look forward to enjoying some sunshine and heat, even if summer in Florida does mean frequent thunderstorms and high humidity.

This article was written on the subject of “Summer” for the blogging group GBE2.

It Was On The Beach At Midnight

full moon rising over the oceanAh I bet you thought this was going to be a naughty little rhyme, and while I thought about that, I decided to write a romantic poem instead.  I hope you like it.

This was written for GBE2 (Great Blogging Experience 2), the theme for the week being “Midnight”.

This poem was inspired by one Christmas Eve at Deerfield Beach in Florida, where we walked along the beach after the sun had set, and waited for the full moon to rise over the ocean.  It was a truly romantic moment, and I highly recommend watching the sun/moon rise/set over the ocean.

We were alone at midnight on the beach
The stars seemed almost in our reach
All was quiet except the sound
Of gentle waves washing up on the sand

The moon it was so bright and round
And lit both ocean and the ground
No man in the moon that night for me
But massive craters, so clear to see

It was truly romantic sitting on that beach
Holding hands, both quiet, no need for speech
Just enjoying the beauty of nature so grand
Soaking up love’s emotions right there on the sand

The Greek Bakery

Green Lanes HarringayLiving in Harringay which is a suburb of North London in the 1980’s was a surreal experience in many ways.

 Although this was England, Harringay is a highly ethnic part of London, and had a large Cypriot population (Greeks/Turks from the island of Cyprus), and driving down the main road (Green Lanes), many of the banks and businesses not only looked foreign, the shop names were in Greek lettering as well.

 We lived about ½ a mile off Green Lanes, and close to use was a Greek Bakery that was one of those that you would walk inside just for the smell.

 They baked Greek breads, pastries and cakes 7 days a week, at a time when few bakeries were open on a Sunday, and it was a great experience to go there early on a Sunday morning and buy some Greek Bread for breakfast.

Greek Bread Their bread was often covered in Poppy, Sesame and other seeds, and it just tasted so good.

 We moved from there to the opposite side of London about 1990 and I have never been back since, so the bakery has probably long since gone, but the memory lingers.

 Being a bread-a-holic, it’s great to see that there are many places these days that specialise in breads for breakfast, and when I head back to the USA to see my daughters, there is nothing nicer to go to breakfast at a place that serves good coffee and freshly baked bagels.

A Nice Day Out In Oxford

Day Trip To OxfordSaturday was Debbie’s birthday, and so we decided to drive up to Oxford, which is only about an hour away from us, and have a nice day out.

I did a bit of research online and found the main attractions, which included a walking tour around some of the Oxford University colleges, and we were interested to see where some of the scenes from Harry Potter and Inspector Morse were filmed.

I also saw that July 9th was Alice In Wonderland Day in Oxford, a day to celebrate the stories that were written by Rev Charles  Dodgson, who wrote under the pen name of Lewis Carroll.

The drive up to Oxford was uneventful, at least until we came off the bypass, and then we sat in solid traffic for 30 minutes.  We soon found out the reason – bus loads of foreign students who had descended on the city.

We found a car park, underground next to the bus station in the centre of Oxford, and this is where we had our next shock, a charge of more than £16.50 for 4-6 hours.  That is equivalent to US$26.  Ouch!

We were soon to realise that a Saturday in July is NOT a good time to visit Oxford, since lots of schools from the UK have trips, as well as many from the rest of Europe, not to mention visitors from elsewhere in the world.  Oxford on this busy Saturday was literally heaving with thousands of foreign students, as well as hundreds of Muslims in various groups.  Several weddings were also being held in the city, so mini-vans were busy ferrying guests back and forth.

This meant that everywhere was really busy, from the streets to the shops and places to eat, however we were able to secure a place on a Walking Tour around the city, and enjoyed an hour and a half of learning about some of the colleges.  We also got to see inside the dining hall in New College, which is similar to the one in Christ Church and used in the Harry Potter movies.  Unfortunately that dining hall was closed as it was being used for an event.

We got to see the Bodleian Library (well the outside at least) which was used in the movies, and also the tree where Draco Malfoy was turned into a ferret in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.  New College also featured in one of the Inspector Morse episodes, and it was wonderful to be able to walk through these historic buildings, and to learn of some of their famous inhabitants, which also included the poet Percy Shelley and Rev Spooner (the inventor of the Spoonerism).

Alices Shop Oxford Red Queen White RabbitWe also wanted to see Alice’s Shop, which is the actual shop where the REAL Alice In Wonderland stopped to buy sweets.  It’s a tiny shop, but aside from being horribly crowded and tiny (it’s about the same size as our kitchen), it was just selling highly overpriced junk, so sadly we didn’t buy anything there, and I was hoping to find something for my daughters.  Alice Liddell also has a local connection for us, as she is buried in a churchyard in Lyndhurst, in The New Forest not far from where we live.

Sadly the two figures in costume, one representing the White Rabbit, the other the Red Queen, were both Asian Girls, which didn’t really fit in right with this British Tradition unfortunately.

There were some more Alice events going on by the Castle, however aside from the castle being built in Victorian times, the characters had all disappeared by the time that we got there, and all there was to see really was an exhibition of photographs of Britain From The Air, which was interesting, but not really related to Alice, Castles or Oxford.

As time was moving on by then, we headed to an indoor market that we had both been to many years ago, with lots of little shops, selling interesting gifts and other things.  There used to be a butchers shop there which had ducks, chickens, rabbits etc hanging up, but obviously those days have now gone.  Shame, I was hoping to take some photos.

Last stop was the Lush shop, where we were going to just look, but a very nice assistant got chatting with us and offered to give Debbie a hand massage, and then demonstrated some lovely smelly products, following which I happily obliged and offered up my credit card.  I think it really made Debbie’s day, as she was flagging a bit by then.

Then back to the car, fighting our way through the crowds, and a quick uneventful drive home, which took just over an hour.

A very nice day out all told, but we highly recommend going to Oxford mid week and off season for a much more peaceful experience.

We must go back one day, because there is so much more to be seen.  There are more buildings to explore, as well as a trip down the river, following Alice’s journey, and maybe even punting down the river.