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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


How many of you have heard of The Fifth Dimension?  I bet Roger knows of them!  They were one of my favourite groups back in the day.  They were an American singing group, formed in late 1965, who sang pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera, and Broadway.  I recall when they came to the Queen Elizabeth Theater in 1967 or 1968.  My boyfriend took me to see them and we had great seats in the orchestra section!  After a great medley of their songs, they came up the aisles of the orchestra section singing and I could almost touch them as they passed.  What a thrill that was!

So, how is it I thought of them this week?  Well, I remember their song "Up Up and Away" and thought of how I will be "up up and away" in about 2 1/2 weeks and flying to my favourite country in the whole world (at least so far|).  I'm heading to Wales to tour the western and northern areas with friends Jane from Newport and Liz from Swansea. I have been in the south and eastern sections before, but this time I plan on seeing the town where my paternal grandmother was born and raised - Llandudno, a beautiful seaside resort town now!

After about 10 days of that I'll be heading over to Liverpool to see my good friend Diane (Trubes here on ABCW) to see more of that wonderful city where my paternal grandfather was born and raised.  I was there in 2012 and met Di and her lovely hubby Ian, but I didn't have long there as I was heading over to the Isle of Man.  This time I plan on doing the "Hop On Hop Off" tour to see as much as possible in one day and then meet them for dinner! 

Then I'm heading off on the train to the east coast of England for a week to visit my good friend Jill, who lives in a little village just outside of Whitby in North Yorkshire.  We're going to see Whitby (of course), Robin Hood's Bay, Scarborough, and other scenic spots in the area plus spend a night in York - just the two of us. 

From North Yorkshire, I'll hop on the train again to head back to southern Wales to stay with my friend Jane for another week.  She's planning on coming over here to see me in late summer, early fall.  Oh we are going to have such a great time!

Can you tell I'm excited?  I haven't been away for 4 years or even had a little holiday anywhere for that long!  I'm going on my own so I can do my own thing and be an independent lady. Who knows who I might meet?  I find that when you travel alone, you tend to meet more people than if you're with someone.

You can rest assured I'll have LOTS of photos to share when I get back!  In the meantime, here's the song "Up Up and Away" by the Fifth Dimension. Turn up your sound and take yourself back to the late 60s.


Roger Owen Green said...

Guilty as charged! My sister and I used to sing one of their early hits, Go Where You Wanna Go (a cover of a Mamas and Papas song).

photowannabe said...

I absolutely loved The 5th Dimension.
My Hubby and I went to several of their concerts and we liked singing their music.
Have a wonderful time visiting friends and seeing the countryside.
I'm a wee bit jealous. Can I sneak in your suitcase?

Trubes said...

I know the song well but don't really know the group, a very
pleasant catchy tune though.
Can't wait to see you Leslie, maybe find somewhere else for dinner
but if you're staying at the Albert dock Gusto is as good as any..
will speak nearer the time xx
love Di xx
ABCW team.

Melody Steenkamp said...

i know the song... but the rest? No i did not ...
Its always fun though to hear music from long ago

Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Norma Ruttan said...

I like the song, but I've never wanted to fly in one of those!

Photo Cache said...

Just before my time, but I enjoy the music.


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

My memories of The Fifth Dimension come through one of my aunts, who was a big fan of them. I have fond childhood memories of riding in my young and hip aunt's VW with my cousins and listening to their music. She lived in Miami, Florida, at the time, so that made it even better. LOL!

Reader Wil said...

I am afraid I don't know this group of singers. I think it must be wonderful to see them.
Next week this time I shall be in Lincolnshire for a week. I am looking forward to being again in the UK.
Wil, ABCWTeam

Janis said...

Great post for U now the song is playing in my head!
Have a wonderful trip and if you get a chance when you are in York see the Yorvick Viking Center. Really good display of history and fun as well. I think they should be open again after extensive repairs due to flooding in York sometime ago.

Joy said...

I remember the song but wouldn't have known who sang it, I do now! Wishing you an enjoyable trip, we are having lovely weather on the west coast at the moment.

Beloo Mehra said...

Sounds like you will be having quite a fun trip, catching up with friends and sight-seeing! Enjoy.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon. . . Yup, I sang that often and loudly in my offkey voice. :-) Happy trails to you!

Liz Hinds said...

Looking forward!