Hello, Habs and loyal readers. We’re having the most amazing vacation. Four days on David’s canal boat and now we’re nearing the end of a week in the Lake District. We’ve got loads of pictures. If you’d like to see them, go to John’s Facebook page.

Glastonbury tomorrow.


In anticipation of our trip to the Lake District I decided to update the maps on my Garmin nüvi (I think you call it a SatNav over in England). The downloads are taking for ever. Started at 4 p.m. and it’s now almost 10 p.m.

While sitting here waiting for it to finish (long past my bedtime as I have to get up at 4:25) I remembered something that gave me and John a good chuckle. I have the audio set so that the directions are in a voice with an English accent (her name is Emily). She comes up with some funny pronunciations, but the one that really makes us laugh is her translation of F.M. Over here in Texas the equivalent of England’s “B” roads are “F.M.”s. For instance, F.M. 1960 is Farm to Market Road 1960. So whenever Emily tells us to drive on one of them she says, “. . . drive three miles and take a right onto the Federated States of Micronesia . . .”

I think we’ll give the nüvi an American accent when we come to England.

95% downloaded. (yawn)

To prune or not to prune

Our crepe myrtles were looking a little shaggy last year. I did some online research and got mixed advice. Some sites said it was okay to prune them and some likened pruning to a massacre.

So I decided to prune one and not the other. Did it two weeks ago and already they’re growing leaves. Here’s a picture of them right now. I’ll follow up with another when they’re blooming and see which looks better.