Nomad Old Farts' Guestbook



13th September 2022
Ocelot

What a beauty
The joys of animals in their natural habitat.
15th September 2022
Ocelot

Ocelot
As always with animals, I was just incredibly lucky to catch this wonderful creature at close range in such a fabulous pose.
11th September 2022

Photography Forum for Animals with Character
Neil, Open Photography Forum on the TB Cover Page and scroll down to 'Animals with Character' that is one of many topics with appropriate photos posted from blogs for each subject. Always good to have others contribute to posting pics in the Photography Forum.
12th September 2022

Photos
Thanks David, but of intertest, if I hit 'Photos' up the top of my TB Cover Page, all I get is 'Wonderful Travel Photos' (of which the pic of your Meercat - my favourite animal - is at the bottom). If I hit the three horizontal stripes next door and hit 'Travel Photos', all I get is a selection of 'Amazing Travel Photos'. Each of these categories include some animals, but not exclusively.
9th September 2022
Ocelot

Ocelot
Magnificent. I have posted this pic in our "Animals with character" thread in the Photography Forum. Check 'em out.
9th September 2022
Ocelot

Ocelot
Thanks David. I trust you and Denise are doing well. I notice this photo made it to the site of 'Wonderful Travel Photos' (a site somewhat dominated by John & Miranda!) but I don't know how to access 'Animals with Character'. Any suggestions?
3rd June 2022

One step at a time
Your update Neil brings reflection and sadness that your wife Joan suffers from Stargardt’s Disease (or AMD – age-related macular degeneration) which means she is rapidly losing her sight and sadly there is currently no cure or even part cure for it. As her sister also has it and you describe it as hereditary, makes me wonder the extent of the genetic or gender connection. My wife Denise's mother (also a Joan) suffered from macular degeneration in later life (recently died aged 91), that Denise thought was connected to diabetes, and stoically endured monthly injections in her eyes which prolonged her eyesight. AMD has forced a change in your Joan's and your location and lifestyle to Broulee, which looks and sounds like a brilliant sea-change for you both. We met you Neil at our 2018 Travelblog Virtual Lunch where we connected with Ali (TB's founder) on ipads and sat around our table with Sydney TBers, bvchef from USA and Jo Trouble from NZ. We talked of the glories of travel with enthusiasm for the future as we shared stories, food and laughter with like minded persons. Unfortunately your Joan was not able to attend that day. Confirms to my mind the importance of taking opportunities when they present themselves as circumstances can change in a moment so opportunities are thus lost. Your news makes me reflect on the import of our TB lunch together. Best wishes to Joan and you in this next stage of your life and thank you for your blog so we can keep in touch.
4th June 2022

One step at a time
Great to hear from you David, and I trust you and Denise are keeping well and have thus far managed to avoid the dreaded Covid. I certainly remember our TB lunch well and have in fact remained in contact with a couple who were there. You are right about taking your chances and as I said in my blog that while I'm disappointed to be restricted now, I have certainly been lucky with my travels, seen some great places and met some fabulous people. Take care and good luck with your future travels.
1st June 2022

Getting Old!!!
We lived very near Annandale...in Falls Church! I would love to meet you guys when the opportunity presents itself, but Linda is the one traveling back east this summer to visit our grandchildren while I pet sit. I've met many other travelbloggers since we live in the middle of the States, so this might happen. We will stay in touch!
1st June 2022

Circumstances Change
Dear Joan and Neil, thank you for the open update. This aging thing is a drag. Your attitude is wonderful. I'm glad you found the perfect place to move. Having family and assistance nearby is important. We are eager to hear of any travels you make and hope you will blog. Enjoy the U.S. and Belize!
1st June 2022

Circumstances Change
Thanks guys. Always lovely to hear from you. There are many, many people much worse off than us so this is just a small blip on our lives. As we travel less, we will just have to enjoy all the more hearing of the travels of folks like yourselves. Take care.
31st May 2022

Thanks for the update...
Getting old is no fun. I'm sorry that Joan's macular degeneration has finally resulted in near blindness. My mother also had it, which resulted in her going to a nursing home. I'm pleased that Joan has you and her sister and husband to help each other. I look forward to your blogs about the USA visit and Belize, and that Joan is comfortable with the trip.
1st June 2022

Getting Old!
Hey there Bob, we really appreciate your kind thoughts. Perhaps one of the greatest potential regrets from all my extensive travels through the years might be that I never get to meet up in person with fellow travellers like yourselves with whom we have so much in common. I've certainly had a lot of enjoyment reading all your story and it has naturally rekindled a lot of memories for me. It's a pity you guys moved from Virginia as we will be staying with the kids at Annandale for 5 weeks in July/August (except the 10 days in Belize). If by some freaky chance you thought you might get to be within even a drive of there over that period, let me know as it would be fun to catch up. Mind you, I think the wives would never shut the pair of us up, given the considerable overlap in our travels! We're even the same age. Anyway, let's stay in touch and as they say 'never say never'.
30th October 2021

Coming to an end
We really enjoyed reading your 1974 trip. Thanks for posting.
12th October 2021

Ferry from Patras
Sylvia and I did a similar trip from Patras but to Venice. Even in 2012 the ship was crap. See our blog: https://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Italy/Veneto/Venice/blog-735305.html
11th October 2021

I has been a joy following your travels...
something we could only do in our youth!
10th October 2021
Dyeing pits in Fes

Morocco is one of our favorites
Rich in history and amazing scenery this country has so much to offer. Thanks for the memories. Great blogs.
10th October 2021

Tunisia on our short list
We really would like to see Tunisia. When it opens again we may consider it depending on how much of the population can get vaccinated. It may be years for some of these nations.
10th October 2021

Granada
We were in Granada a few days ago and our blog is still on the front page. It is interesting to read your trip compared to our current one. We are enjoying Spain.
10th October 2021

Granada
Half your luck, guys! We have been in lockdown for the last 6 weeks and are finally allowed out tomorrow. As for touring Spain (or even the US), I suspect that is months away for us yet. There was an interesting article written the other day about the contrasting attitudes towards covid between Americans and Australians, with Florida being used as the US example with a similar population to us. While Ausses accept 'rules' and lockdowns, Americans want freedom. The difference is that we have had 1,000 covid deaths and Florida 57,000. I guess it just depends on what your priorities are!
10th October 2021

You story of bad experiences is the reason I avoid going to dangerous, undeveloped countries...
without being in a tour group.
10th October 2021

Bad experiences
I don't disagree, Bob, but to some degree it is a risk/reward thing. There is no doubt that travelling in a group gives you a greater degree of safety, and usually some pleasant like minded company, but the downsides can be that every now and again you get someone (or more) in the group that drives everyone crazy, and also to some degree you get a more sanitised view of some of these culturally diverse countries. Some of my best travel experiences have occurred while travelling solo (or just with Joan), two that come to mind from 1974 being the homestay we had with a Tunisian family in the Sahara and also the 6 weeks or so that I left Bob and the Kombi in Europe and teamed up to travel with some great people during that period. But there is no doubt that as you get older, your appetite for risk diminishes considerably.
8th October 2021
Coffee shops in the Plaka

One of our favorite places
Beautiful

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