Preparations proceeding in Philadelphia

As we arrived from Sanibel, FL to get ready for the Nancy birthday trip to Italy, we happened onto a wonderful springtime scene here and were able to do some wandering in the public gardens in Radnor called Chanticleer…a not-to-be-missed opportunity.





Here’s a view from inside the ruins of an old barn on the 40 acre arboretum.





This is just a collection of new blossoms floating in a pot on the place.



Then, a couple of lacrosse games from the sidelines with Amy to see Drew play, then with Tim & Cindy to watch Garrett.





Here’s Garrett signaling for the ball.




We got in a dinner with Tim and Drew and the twins – Garrett & Justin one night.  Tim’s going to college in Colorado in August.

(That will be another blog, I think…we have 10 people going out to Crested Butte to see him off…for a week).


Then Kris Strid put on a whole weekend of festivities for her Gerald David Strid’s Seventieth birthday on May 3.

We got to go to the Friday night part (adult kids did Saturday at a swanky bar in the City and then Sunday was bowling with 12 and a third grandchildren for the big guy).  We got him to wear these glasses (an honor, since they were given to me by my kids on my Seventieth in Glasgow last year).  Stunning aren’t they…or isn’t he?










And, Christy Roach had her 50th Reunion for Harriton HS last Friday and Saturday.  Sounds as if she had a lifetime experience and enjoyed every minute.  She took her elementary school paper yearbook with her and that was quite a hit with some of the crowd.  She may have to do a blog of her own to follow up on the experience.

So, now on to this adventure with us flying Newark to Milan on Thursday/Friday, then Amy/Michael Brock, Mike/Sky and Tim/Cindy flying together on Friday/Saturday.  Lake Orta – the town is Orta San Giulio – will be our base for a couple of days.  Relaxing first days for everyone to get acclimated and then some boating on Lake Maggiore to see  island castles and history in the region called the Piedmont.

We will be back with you as we go along our way.  I can’t remember the drill, but you can subscribe to this “blog” by registering with WordPress somehow…and they won’t bother you as far as I can tell.  But they will send you an email when there is a new posting here.



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.


  • Keep up the journal…..have a great trip…..going to the Phillies game tomorrow with Jon Fish….. Davey

    Sent from my iPad


  • Thank you Chip. We look forward to following your upcoming adventure. Have a great time. Butch and Louise


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