April 25, 2005

Diane and Irvin Tiessen just returned from a well deserved vacation and yes they were in England during the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla, but did not attend the ceremony. While the big event caused much media attention, it was the southern region of the country that attracted the Tiessens.

Their travels led them to famous parts of Cornwall. Diane enjoyed visiting Cornwall because her favorite, best-selling English author, Daphne Du Maurier, was from this region. Near Penzance, they enjoyed touring St. Michaels Mount which is an island but during low tide can be accessed by foot. In fact Diane said they barely made it across before the tide came back in and she has the salt water stained shoes to prove it. She said, "It was amazing to see how low the tides go".

In St. Ives they visited the Tate Gallery, which is a museum of modern art; the Tank Museum in Bovington, which boasts the largest collection of tanks in the world and armored vehicles in the world; and the amazing Stonehenge. They strolled cobblestone streets, they stayed at charming English bed and breakfast establishments and ate at local pubs. Diane said they didn't eat a lot of fish and chips but did try an unusual dish called pea fritters. Yes, you are exactly right, smashed peas, battered and fried; and Diane said they were very delicious.

The couple traveled by rental car, putting in approximately 1,000 miles over their eight day visit. Not familiar with driving on the left side of the road, Diane said Irv did a great job driving them around the countryside. She said he "didn't end up on the wrong side of the road too many times". And here we are in the states complaining about the high price of gasoline when the Tiessens were paying approximately $4.85 (in US dollars) for a gallon of gas!

How was their first experience in England? "We would go back in a heartbeat, it was really fun. Irvin really loves history. People were very friendly, a pleasure to be around"

You may have seen her walking around town, up and down Kilkare Road or even hiking the rolling hills of Sunol Regional Park; Carolyn Glass is in training for her fourth Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

This year's 39 mile annual marathon walk will be held on July 9-10 in San Francisco. Carolyn's goal last year was to raise $3,000 and she actually passed her goal and raised $3,105. And this year she is reaching a little higher to try and raise $3,500. Overall in the past three years Carolyn has raised a total of approximately $8,000.

Carolyn says, "All monies raised goes to research, clinical care, support services, education and early detection programs". If you would like to help Carolyn reach her goal of raising $3,500, please contact her by home phone 925-862-2325 or you can email her at carolyn@nothingbutnet.net. and please add "breast cancer walk" in subject line of the email.

Bosco's Bones and Brew is hosting a scrumptious Mother's Day Buffet Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and a Mother's Day Dinner from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 8.

Brunch menu items include eggs, sausage, French toast, home-fried potatoes, crab benedict, baked ham, prime rib, several cold salads, prawn cocktail, chilled salmon teriyaki chicken, pasta, seafood, ribs and a variety of desserts. Dinner menu items include soup and salad and your choice of halibut piccata, baked chicken, filet mignon, prime rib, fettuccine seafood or lobster tail and dessert. For more information or to make reservations please call 925-862-0821.

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