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Virtual walk update
Sunday, November 24, 2013      8 comments

I had hoped to reach Okehampton by the week-end but am still at least 2 days west of there, in Bridestowe. In the 1900's Bridestowe, named after St. Bride, had about 1000 residents and working lead and copper mines. After the mines and the rai... Read more
Really a creature of habit
Thursday, November 21, 2013      10 comments

Do you try a lot of new recipes? Experiment with new foods? While I eat a good variety of healthy foods, I must admit that I use the same foods, and the same recipes over and over again. Breakfast is usually oatmeal with fresh or dried ... Read more
Virtual Walk, Week 3
Tuesday, November 19, 2013      6 comments

As of tonight, I've walked 99.15 miles, across Cornwall into Devon. Like Cornwall, Devon has coastline on the Bristol Channel and the English Channel, but Devon has more agricultural land and fewer fishing villages. Princetown, on Dartmoor, is ... Read more
Forgot to mention
Tuesday, November 05, 2013      7 comments

... that I have a tea towel of Cornish Cottages draped over my oven door handles. It shows whitewashed, thatch-roofed cottages surrounded by rose gardens. And did you know that palm trees also grow in Cornwall (and even the southern part of Wa... Read more
Update on my virtual walk form Land's End, England, to John O' Groats, Scotland
Monday, November 04, 2013      9 comments

I've now walked almost 70 miles, and am approaching the town of Bodmin, southwest of Bodmin Moor, the first of many moors that we will cross on this virtual walk. Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor, Exmoor, then later the Yorkshire Moors. There is no "o... Read more
Why do things have to get worse before they get better???
Sunday, November 03, 2013      13 comments

We've been married for 11 years. When we moved into this house, we brought most of what we each had in our "before" houses. That included stuff from our parents, an aunt, a few things I was storing for my grown up children... I think you get t... Read more
Saturday, November 02, 2013      5 comments

My son and some of his friends are in New York City today to run the ING New York marathon. This will be the second time he ran this race, although he was there last year when it was cancelled because of the devastating storm. He has also run ... Read more
Fall is definitely here...
Friday, November 01, 2013      8 comments

and that means it's time for pot roasts, delicious stews, 4-bean chili and all kinds of crock pot meals. My favourite kind of cooking. Two days ago I made pot roast with a very lean roast, baby red-skinned potatoes, lots of carrots, celer... Read more
Houseplants, especially Hoya (Indian rope plant)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013      8 comments

More than 45 years ago, when I was a young wife and first-time mother, a friend of my mother's gave me a large hoya which she could no longer keep. That plant is with me still and has survived six moves. I've lost count of the number of cutting... Read more
Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter
Tuesday, October 29, 2013      9 comments

Peter and i spent several hours this afternoon cleaning up the garden and yard for the winter. While he was putting away the furniture, solar lights, decorations and cutting the grass for the last time, I took down the hanging baskets, emptied ... Read more
Last drive in the Alfa for 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013      6 comments

You will see the Alfa in my profile picture. It is a replica of a 1932 Alfa Romeo, which Peter built over 2 years on a VW Chassis. It's an open car, no top and only very small windshields (2 of them) which are so small that you look over them ... Read more
Amazing what you can learn on a virtual walk
Sunday, October 27, 2013      7 comments

My walking partner, Denise, said that she was going to try to find the "In Search of England" book that I mentioned in yesterday's blog. It made me wonder about the author, H. V. Morton (sorry, I think I said R. V. before)' so I Googled him. ... Read more
Virtual Walk Update
Friday, October 25, 2013      8 comments

Last week when I blogged about my virtual walk from Lands End, Cornwall, to John O' Groats at the northern tip of Scotland, I had walked 18.28 miles. I've had a great week, walking 23.71 miles in 6 days. My total since I started is 41.99... Read more
My first virtual walk
Friday, October 18, 2013      11 comments

About 10 days ago I started a virtual walk from Lands End, Cornwall, to John O'Groats,Scotland, with my Spark Friend DGILBRIDE1949. Well actually she started first, and I haven't caught up yet, but i'm on the road and making progress. We a... Read more
Wednesday, October 16, 2013      7 comments

Does anyone else bring geraniums inside for the winter? When I was a little girl, my mother always potted up her geraniums in the fall and brought them in to sit on the windowsills for the winter. Now, it seems, most people go to the nurse... Read more

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