Monthly Archives: June 2017

Odds and Ends (Mainly Ends!)

Something of a mash-up, this post, as I find odd bits of time to try and put something together and then find WiFi to send it from ‘the backwoods’! Our work with the summer-camp kids continues: some successes in terms … Continue reading

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Changeover Time

Summer camp half over for us, and some changes at the weekend. The two teen lads who have been teaching wrestling (and teaching Leo and Chris some wayward stuff in their tent!) have left us and, for this week only, their … Continue reading

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Solstice Story

‘Midsummer’ – allegedly. In solstice terms, yes: in practical terms, there’s a long way to go yet with the good weather! We hope. Even for the UK: A nice story from some readers of my books in the UK. “We … Continue reading

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Growing Pains

Yes: they all grow up! And not just gymnast boys, of course. I’m thinking about our kids: my Leo and Dave’s Jaymee. With us here are Leo’s best friend Chris, who has designs on Jaymee, and Jaymee’s best friend Karla, … Continue reading

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Fire Safety: Pause for Thought

This week’s news gives pause for thought. Firstly, for the souls who perished in both the London tower block fire and in the appalling forest fire in our newly adopted home country of Portugal. We cannot begin to imagine what … Continue reading

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Paradise Lost… and Regained…

We may be at summer camp in Tennessee, enjoying not only our own company but that of our very dear friends Zach and Ethan… but the ‘new job’ back in Portugal is still giving us plenty to do (and, to … Continue reading

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Four of a Kind (or of three kinds, even!)

Four young gymnasts there, training their bodies hard. Four of a kind – but not ne f the kinds I really had in mind for this post! But, having started that trend, here’s another four determined young lads… But we’re … Continue reading

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“Here’s One I Prepared Earlier…”

The title of this post fits this picture, I think… but it also reminds me of children’s TV and those things you were always encouraged to make “out of sticky-backed plastic”. In this case, it is because we are living … Continue reading

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From the Great Outdoors…

So we are now at Summer Camp, fulfilling our obligation to provide “instruction and entertainment” to some less than fully -fit young teens! And enjoying it, as I knew we would. Warm weather, wild swimming, open-air fitness, acrobatics and gym … Continue reading

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Some Days in the Gym

A few days in our former home in Tennessee means not only time in the private gym (see previous post!) but some time to catch up with the lads we used to teach gymnastics to… Some of them have come … Continue reading

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