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Home and away, staying connected

We’re flying home to Brisbane in less than 4 weeks. I know, I can’t believe it either! There’s so much we’re looking forward to, most especially the opportunity to have proper human conversations, with hugs. Staying connected with family and friends back home in Australia has been both a comfort and a challenge for us while we’ve traveled…

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April Fish

    Did you know that in France and French-speaking countries there’s this thing with April Fools Day, where the kids sneak up behind an adult and stick a paper cut out of a fish on their back? Yes it is a thing and they call it Poisson d’Avril – April…

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Holy flying church bells!

If you think little fluffy bunnies delivering Easter eggs is a bit far-fetched, then how do you feel about flying bells dropping chocolate treats to the kids in France? And why not, children love fantasy and this one’s a pretty good tale. My journey of discovery started when I read that church bells…

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In Mohon, trying to live like a local

What does that expression really mean, “live like a local’? I know I’ve used it, maybe even overused it, and I’ve read lots of stories about the benefit to travelers to slow down and “live like a local”. Our current house sit is for 2 months in a 350 year old barn, converted…

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Isle of Wight (not pile of shite)

[STOP PRESS: Just found out that Isle of Wight was the place where the America’s Cup yacht race originated. The America’s Cup is one of the oldest and best-known trophies in international sailing yacht competition. It was  first offered as the “Hundred Guinea Cup” in 1851 by the Royal Yacht…

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A hairy life

This morning I noticed the back of Dave’s t-shirt thick with white cat hair from where Doris was sitting on the back of Dave’s chair last night, nuzzling against his neck. I know that makes it sound like we re-wear our clothes, we’re traveling light. Doris loving Dave and leaving her trademark hair Dave and I…

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Canals now and then.

Dave and I have had a fascination for canals and canal boats for many years. Back in 2006 we traveled to Wales and hired a canal boat on the Llangollen Canal, crossing over the majestic 126 foot high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. On the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, such a long way down. It was…

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Bradford on Avon, not upon.

A while back I was reading about Bradford on Avon, some kind of forum I think, where a writer called the town Bradford-upon-Avon. Well you wouldn’t believe the indignation of some of the commenters! Apparently it is a great insult to the town to call it Bradford-upon-Avon, although it is…

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Avebury Surprise

Our first attempt at visiting Avebury was aborted. We arrived at around 2 o’clock on a very cold, miserably damp afternoon. Pulled into the car park to find the ubiquitous “pay & display” machine demanding we hand over £4.00 for the privilege. Between us we had just £3.80 in coins…

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Twizel, of the new and the old

In 2015 we visited 2 different Twizels. Twizel the Fairly New. We came across the first Twizel by chance in New Zealand. The second Twizel we found in Northumberland England, all because of the first Twizel. We discovered the small town of Twizel at the base of Aoraki Mt Cook…

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