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July 2, 2008

Courier keeps on traveling around the world

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Denise and David Hull of Ottumwa, along with Jeff Bosley, recently enjoyed a hunting safari in South Africa.

They also visited sight seeing at the Pilanesberg National Park. “It was a beautiful park and full of wild animals,” Denise said. “Except for the elephants. We never saw a single elephant on the whole trip.”

She joked, “We were guessing that they all left Africa and joined a circus somewhere.”

Evidently Denise had some concerns about going in the wilds but ended up having the “time of her life and didn’t want to come home.”

Dave and Jeff each came home with lots of plains game (deer type animals).

The three called it the trip of a lifetime and are ready to go back again.

Sounds great to me.



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Stephanie Dee of Solon, Iowa, won the 2008 HGTV Dream Home. Stephanie is married to Tommy Dee, nephew of Diana Allman of Ottumwa.

The house is located in the Florida Keys, in the town of Islamorada. Stephanie and Tommy are vacationing there now and invited family to join them for a few days of fun in the sun!

Allman says, “Of course, we took the Courier along, and here we are posing for a family picture in front of this incredible house!”

Looks cool, that’s for sure.



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Ottumwa Janice Kester spent a month visiting friends in the heart of England. One of the historic sites she saw was the Caldecote Hall Estate where her English friends live. Caldecote Hall was originally 1,200 acres. Owners have included Captain Henry Leigh Townsend, King Henry VII, Edward VI, Colonel William Purefoy and Charles II.

The original door of the manor was destroyed during a battle, was salvaged and refitted to the private church on the estate which is still used. “It is over 600 years old and still very beautiful and well preserved,” Kester said.

The estate is now 35 acres “of beautiful English countryside,” she said. “It is truly the most beautiful peaceful place I have ever been.”



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Still waiting for the weird veggies. The contest is officially open, so hopefully there are some gardens that aren’t too water-logged out there.



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