United States of America

Samuel Johnston: The Dundonian Who Refused to be President!

Posted by on February 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Samuel Johnston 1733-1816: North Carolina Senate & General Assembly: refused the job of becoming President of the United States of Congress Assembled: lawyer: plantation owner.

Jefferson Town Texas: Ghosts, Ghouls & the Excelsior Hotel: House of the Seasons

Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

   Trust us to arrive in Jefferson, allegedly the most haunted town in Texas, on Hallowe’en!  Hanging in windows and doorways throughout this small town was an assortment of ghosts, ghouls, skeletons, witches and scarecrows.  I had never seen so many anywhere, but then  Hallowe’en is a bigger event in the U.S. than in the […]

Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, Cypress Bayou: Texas: USA

Posted by on July 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

                      In my wildest dreams I never thought that Texas could have such creeks and marshlands as we saw in the northeast, where the state abuts that of Louisiana.  Not far from Jefferson we were shown the Cypress Bayou.  Now, you may wonder what is meant […]

The Alamo: or Davie Crockett's Last Stand!

Posted by on January 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

This was surely one of our most exciting visits in Texas.  Most of us would have to have been born on another planet not to have heard of ‘The Alamo.’  My introduction to this famous battle was the John Wayne film of 1960. The storyline was so dramatic that I was not bothered by the film’s […]

The Turquoise Trail: Golden & Madrid : New Mexico

Posted by on August 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

It was a lovely sunny day when we drove out of Albuquerque and headed north along the Turquoise Trail towards Taos.  This trail is in the central part of New Mexico and links Albuquerque to Santa Fé. It covers some 15,000 square miles and passes through the historic mining towns of Golden, Madrid and Cerrilos.The scenery is […]


Posted by on August 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I have been fortunate to have had many penfriends during my life and one of my dearest correspondents is Betty, from Texas.  Over the years, Betty, her husband, Bob, two daughters, Anna-Beth and Holly, plus some of their friends have visited us in Scotland on a number of occasions.  Now it was the turn of my […]

New Mexico Albuquerque Balloon Festival

Posted by on May 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

  Introduction Albuquerque Balloon Festival   It was in 1989 that we were to meet an American lady, Mary, and her son in the gardens of Gripsholm Castle near Stockholm in Sweden.  Terry and I had our youngest son, Neil, aged seven,  with us and he quickly made friends with the American child, David, aged nine.  […]