Category Archives: Wisconsin family

Omaha Beach – reflections on sacred ground

Normandy. When I hear that word, I immediately think of the beaches where so many soldiers lost their lives, trying to take a toehold on the continent that had been all but engulfed by Hitler during WWII. Between our visits … Continue reading

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Family Traditions – 63 years at the lake near Boulder Junction WI

This year is the 63rd family reunion we’ve had at Fishtrap Lake. Not much changes over time up here. We still sit on the dock with our morning coffee, ride around the lake on my brother-in-law’s pontoon, and play Scrabble … Continue reading

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The “Gum Incident” – Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Near East Cowes is Osborne House, the summer home of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. It was magnificent, more a palace than a house. They bought the property, tore down the existing house, and designed and built … Continue reading

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The two Cowes – Isle of Wight

Once the sun came out,* the Isle of Wight turned out to be lovely. Tiny gardens in front of picturesque row houses, narrow streets with cars parked in both directions on the same side, and High Street cordoned off for … Continue reading

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“This better be so worth it” – Perseverance on the Isle of Wight

While visiting London with my sister, the rain managed to hold off until our last day when we traveled to the Isle of Wight and its sailing town of Cowes. That visit was inspired by the Beatles song, When I’m … Continue reading

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Everyday London

When traveling, I often get caught up in the main attractions, especially when with others. This trip to England is no different. My sister and I managed to see a prodigious amount in two full days in London before moving … Continue reading

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We eat some strange stuff

I’m on my annual trip to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, for our family reunion. In the old days, 62 years ago, when it was my grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, we didn’t call it a reunion because we all just … Continue reading

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