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Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Fogo Island, Newfoundland
Post Date: May 18, 2022

Early on Sunday, May 1st, our group sets out from St. John’s in a private coach, first to Gander and then on to Farewell for the ferry to Fogo Island. We stop for a delicious boxed lunch at ‘Union East’ in Gander Airport. The restaurant is really unique, unlike any airport restaurant you have ever[…]

St. John’s, Newfoundland
Post Date: May 18, 2022

In late April 2022, we flew to St. John’s to join Bonnie Stern’s Book and Dinner Club tour. Throughout the tour, we dined in the best restaurants and met many really interesting people. Jill Curran, the owner of Maxxim Vacations, accompanied us on the tour and impressed us with her ability to cope seamlessly with[…]

The Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Berwick Village, East Sussex.
Post Date: April 24, 2022

Not far from Charleston Farmhouse, increasingly narrow lanes lead to Berwick Village and the 12th Century Church of St. Michael and All Angels. Inside are murals painted during the Second World War by Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, and her son, Quentin. Before negotiating the twists, turns, and gigantic potholes of the narrow country[…]

Charleston Farmhouse, East Sussex
Post Date: April 24, 2022

Alfriston, East Sussex, UK
Post Date: April 23, 2022

The medieval village of Alfriston, close to the historic town of Lewes, lies in the valley of the River Cuckmere. It is well worth a visit – lots to see, great places to eat, and the local people are extremely friendly and helpful. It’s like stepping back in time.

‘The Star,’ Alfriston, East Sussex.
Post Date: April 23, 2022

In March 2022, Joe and I escaped the ravages of the Canadian winter for the milder climes of the UK. Whilst there, we headed to the medieval village of Alfriston, which lies in the valley of the River Cuckmere. Of historical importance in the village is ‘The Star Inn,’ which was our home-away-from home for[…]

Eating Israel – A Culinary Adventure. A Few Highlights …
Post Date: May 31, 2017

  Our group  tour from February 27 to March 6, 2017, was led by friend and food writer, Bonnie Stern, and was an amazing whirlwind of visits to historical sites, hands-on cooking workshops and demonstrations, visits to food markets and food/wine operations, not to mention the delicious array of food served to us.     Caesarea[…]

‘Circling the Sun,’ by Paula McLain (with references to ‘West with the Night,’ by Beryl Markham)
Post Date: October 24, 2015

The opening chapter of McLain’s fictionalised version of the unconventional life and loves of the pioneering aviator and racehorse trainer, Beryl Markham, epitomises the sense of impending doom that dogged Markham all her life.  In 1936, attempting to be the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic from East to West, she struggles[…]

Red Joan by Jennie Rooney
Post Date: July 9, 2013

Rooney’s thought-provoking third novel is loosely based on the true story of Melita Norwood, the 87-year-old (nicknamed ‘The Spy who came in from the Co-op’!), arrested in England in 1999 after spying for the Russians for four decades.   Unlike Norwood, protagonist Joan Stanley, was never a committed communist, and the story provides a credible[…]