Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival. and was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow — it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington … Continue reading Thanksgiving

God Bless America (revised)

Whilst plodding along the beach this morning, together with countless other early risers I thought how clean and plastic rubbish free the beaches, parks, countryside and most towns are here. Americans, in general appear to love their country, most seem to respect the environment and natural world they live in. I watched a major sporting event on the TV yesterday, there must have been 100,000 people in the stadium and before the race commenced it appeared that almost everyone in and around the stadium watched and took part in the pre-race programme. This included prayers, a rendition of the national … Continue reading God Bless America (revised)

The Gulf and Hurricane Michael

The Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi – A bit chilly for mid November in southern Mississippi. Woke up to clear skies and a crispness in the air just right for an early morning stroll (6.30am) along the beach from the bayou near the Silver Slipper Casino towards Bay St Louis. Then off west to Florida for a bit more sun. That’s onto the i10 at Diamondhead, Mississippi heading east into Alabama then into Florida at Pensacola. A few Images from this mornings walk. Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States. It was the … Continue reading The Gulf and Hurricane Michael

Now in Mississippi

Gulfport…. On August 29, 2005, Gulfport was hit by the strong eastern side of Hurricane Katrina. Much of the city was flooded or destroyed in one day by the strong, hurricane-force winds, which lasted more than 16 hours, and a storm surge or Tsunami exceeding 28 feet (9 m) in some sections. Hurricane Katrina damaged more than 40 Mississippi libraries, gutting the Gulfport Public Library, first floor, and breaking windows on the second floor, beyond repair. It required total reconstruction. Although Katrina’s damage was far more widespread, it was not the fiercest hurricane to hit Gulfport. Katrina, a category 3 storm, was … Continue reading Now in Mississippi

Amtrak – NY to CLT

It’s pretty late at night here in Charlotte NC. Just had the evening meal delivered directly to the hotel room. That’s a whopping great club sandwich, fries and a bud, all very welcome sustenance. The weather in New York was pretty gloomy when we left on the Amtrak Carolinian train at 7:20 this morning and it was gloomy with outbreaks of rain throughout the trip south here to Charlotte, North Carolina. I managed to take a few shots through the carriage window from my seat on the right of the train plus a stretch of the legs stop at Washington … Continue reading Amtrak – NY to CLT

New York – Amazing

Set out sprightly at 6.30am this morning to visit the sites and buildings earmarked for special attention. Off down and onto the subway system beginning at the junction of 7th and West 23rd on the (1) towards the ferry. First port of call the new World Trade Centre and the 911 memorial (Ground Zero) no words to explain this iconic place. A quick stop for breakfast at a diner close by and on to the Staten Island Ferry terminal to catch the free yes free ferry to the island, passing the Statue of Liberty and seeing the New York skyline … Continue reading New York – Amazing

New York….yawn

Arrived at JFK this afternoon after a tiring but very good flight from Gatwick. Travel arrangements worked like clockwork, boarded the airtrain at Terminal 1 to Jamaica Station then onto the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) to Penn Station on 7th Avenue. Haven’t had time to explore yet as we are bushed but just been for a stroll down 7th Avenue from 30th to 21st and had a nice meal at an Italian. Full day of exploring here tomorrow before the 13 hour Amtrak journey down to the Carolina’s and Charlotte. Here are a couple of quickie shot’s from this … Continue reading New York….yawn