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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Porch details...

Now that we're renovating I'm looking at our neighborhood with fresh eyes and a small camera. The porch is being rebuilt so I'm noticing all of the steps, railings and outside decorations on the homes locally. When you start looking you begin to notice architectural details everywhere. Most of the Craftsmen porches in our neighborhood are a combination of concrete, stucco and wood. Having lived with the maintenance problems of wooden steps we are now embracing the concrete option! 

I like the shingle clad sides above, but our porch has always had siding more like the examples below. We're thinking about adding some moulding to give it a little more interest.

The arbor will be covered to prevent the water damage we had previously, so we're also looking up to see details like this.

Most of the porches locally are covered, probably because it's more practical given the drainage issues we've encountered!

These concrete steps have been poured with an overhang meant to resemble a wooden step. 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed as they're building the forms right now and will be pouring the concrete later this week.