Friday 30 December 2011


Sorry that comments from the last time I posted about My Travel Checklist have been lost. The Social Spark customer had a glitch with its campaign and all posts had to be removed. Then I was given the opportunity to do it again, but of course, the original comments were lost, though fortunately I did have time to respond to them.

I really appreciate all your visits here, especially when you take time to make comments. Please keep them coming and I will reciprocate whenever I can.

Now I still have to do something about those blue screen crashes reported earlier, which are happening several times a day. Looks like I'll have to call out my little IT wizard again.

Thursday 29 December 2011

My Travel Checklist

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Ever go on holiday, unpack your case and find there's a crucial item you've left behind? It's happened to me more times than I can remember. Usually it's meant having to use some of my precious holiday spending money on something I could easily have brought with me. Or I would have to do without something that would have made my time away easier or more comfortable. I've sometimes thought about writing a checklist and keeping it on my computer, but it would take up time that I don't really have when I'm trying to get everything done before I leave home. So up to now I've always relied on what is in my head or written on scrappy bits of paper.

Now someone's come up with a brilliant solution to this problem. You just have to go to My Travel Checklist and download the widget to your PC, or you can save it on your mobile phone.

I put it on my computer and made a generic checklist in a couple of minutes. It first asks a number of questions about you, where you are going, and for what reason. Then comes up with suggestions for your list and you click a box to include the ones you want. You also have an option to add anything that's not already there, but it's pretty comprehensive and I didn't have to do that. The list is divided into useful categories too, and includes areas for planning and leaving your home safe as well as what you'll take with you. Afterwards you can amend it whenever you want, and you can print it when the time comes to use it.

Mine's done. All I need now is somewhere to go. It'll probably not be until March as I hope to take my hubby away then for a break to include his birthday.
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Wednesday 28 December 2011


My computer doesn't seem to like Christmas. Here I am trying to respond to a specific IZEA request and watch one of their videos on a downloaded .mov file. I'm told I need to download some software to do this, but every time I try to install it, I get a blue screen crash, and I'm no nearer being able to view it. It's really frustrating.

This blue screen thing happens also when I leave the darned computer alone for a while.  I come back and find it has rebooted itself, recovered various files and left me little messages about it.

Help! What can I do?

Wednesday 7 December 2011

A Walk in Lyme Regis

The Dorset seaside town of Lyme Regis was made internationally famous as one of the locations for the movie, the French Lieutenant's Woman, starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Meryl Streep plays the woman of the title, who likes to walk on the cobb at Lyme Regis where she lives at the start of the film.

The cliffs in this area are full of fossils and it was also the home of Mary Anning who is believed to have found the first fossilised ichthyosaurus in the rocks there.  She was one of a number of avid Victorian fossil hunters in the early 1800s.

Lyme was also our destination on Sunday because it is about half way between my sister's home and my own, and we like to meet there each year to exchange Christmas presents.  We usually have a stroll around and then a pub lunch, before returning home in opposite directions. It's interesting to see how the town council has developed the area above the beach into a maze of pathways between well kept and very pretty gardens.

The residences along the shore are very pretty too, as you can see from the picture above. It was taken about four years ago but that part hasn't changed much. This next picture was taken around the same time and shows the cobb, which is the retaining arm of the harbour. It's the green in the foreground that has been transformed since then.

Friday 2 December 2011

Fun on the Beach

After the chilly picture I posted yesterday, I thought I'd find something to warm us up a bit today. Here my great nephew has fun on the beach with a rather nice derriere getting wet in the background. It was taken last July on Preston beach in Torbay.

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