Category Archives: Family

Pine Valley golf

Andy and I were kindly invited last week, by fellow gastroenterologist Jay DiMarino of Thomas Jefferson University hospital, to play golf at Pine Valley. The course is consistently ranked number one in the world! A real treat to play with Jay and his son Michael. Not ostentatious or fancy, just a pure golf experience. Great course, company, weather, caddies, snapper soup. Plenty of bunkers.

Many varied challenges. Who can get a driver onto the green at the 220 yard par 3 5th hole?

   

My score beat the temperature (hot in New Jersey in August!), but not my age, despite the big number.

Thanks again Jay, special memories

I don’t often sing, but….

I think I was selected for the choir at school for my looks rather than my voice. Indeed, I was asked to open and close my mouth , but try not to let any sounds out My reluctance to sing ever since was finally overcome during an emotional celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary at ourContinue Reading

Fred and friends go to the beach!

Delighted to announce that the 5th book about Fred the friendly snake is now published. Jack the boy’s Dad comes home from a trip and takes the whole family with Fred, Bernadette, Jungle Jim and all the animals on the ferry to Dewees island, where I live. They have a great time, but had aContinue Reading

International reunion on Dewees

One of the great benefits of my career has been to meet (some as trainees) special people from many countries, some of which have become closest friends. There is now a “gang” that meets every year or so in diverse places, consisting of five Australian couples (Tim and Susy Heap, Tony and Michelle Clarke, PaulContinue Reading

South Africa part three – CapeTown

After the wonderful week in the game parks with family, Marion and I headed to CapeTown, where I was to be visiting professor at Groote Schuur hospital. We splurged by arriving on the famous Blue Train from Pretoria. 36 hours of pampering, with great (too much) food. The landscape was rather monotonous until the mountainousContinue Reading

With family in South Africa – Phinda Mountain lodge

  We couldn’t believe that anything could top Makakatana, but Phinda did.   Great accommodation, with a plunge pool at each room. super service and food (too much). We had awesome rangers, Andy and Eric, and their trackers, Sibu and Mr M. Very knowledgeable but also fun. Nothing was too much trouble.      Continue Reading

With family in South Africa- Makakatana

Marion and I were so lucky to have been able to take all the English family on Safari earlier this month. We were actually 4 days late leaving USA (it took a total of 93 hours to get from Charleston to Johannesburg, another story), but arrived in time at Makakatana game park in KwaZuluNatal toContinue Reading

We lost a gentle man this week

Marion Wier passed peacefully a few days after his 74th birthday. He had a rare disease for which he had a successful bone marrow transport 15 years ago, but it came back with a vengeance and unresponsive to medication. He bore his illness with the grace that typified his life. His oldest son, Alex, wroteContinue Reading

The MagniFISHant seven gets a trophy!

Modesty has prevented me from previously blogging or bragging about my fishing talents. Truth to say that they have been somewhat hidden, but class has a way of finding its way to prominence. I am proud to announce that my team – the MagniFISHant seven– was on the podium yesterday when the prizes were awardedContinue Reading

An electric car like my Dad’s? Only 75 years later

I have been hankering after an electric car for some time. I got one of the early Prius hybrids in 2003 and enjoyed it until passing on to my grandson. It is still running to this day. After looking into electric cars a few years ago, I gave up for several reasons. No room inContinue Reading