A trip to: The Jorvik Viking Centre in York, UK

Kids are a bit weird. For some time now, Izzy has been obsessed by both 'the olden days', and 'poor people'. I think it is something to do with a TV series called 'Horrible Histories' that she has recently been watching. Anyway, suffice to say that they are subjects that have held her rapture.  Just the other day, we were at the local supermarket, queuing at the checkout, when Izzy noticed that there was a woman in front of us was dressed in her pyjamas with just a coat over the top.  ...more
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The Gift of Marshmallows

When the Chief Lou was in law school and the jBird was a baby, we lived in a charming old brick house in a neighborhood that was predominately students and really old people who hadn't yet died so their offspring could divide up their houses and rent them out to students. Our neighbors across the street were an ever-evolving group of guys who were really enjoying being out on their own. ...more

North West Passage

North by North West...the Arctic is melting..OH NO...the Arctic is melting.OH NO....But only in the summer time.   And what do you suppose??  The North west Passage is opening up, just what Marco Polo (13th centur) and Hudson (of the Hudson Bay expedition) was looking for the the 1600s.  They heard about the Northwest Passage from years ago..during the middle ages 1000AD? the Vikings settled in Greenland (yes, the land was GREEN at that time) with sheep and goats, feeding on the greens hills of GREENLAND....more