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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…

Just Back....Week Eleven

Back from a flying visit to Dublin where it was a little damp but warm for November. I forgot my camera so no pictures,  it was all family and no sightseeing anyway. If you're in Dublin I highly recommend lunch at Cavistons which I enjoyed as always.

It's Thanksgiving week and so things are moving slowly, lots of cancellations and delays. The reupholstered furniture has arrived which  I'm excited about, pictures later. The bathroom mirrors are installed  and Felipe has started refinishing the floors. I have to choose a stain but I'm thinking about going darker. Not black but perhaps a dark brown with a semi-gloss finish, more later on this too.

It was lots of work to clear out the rooms for the refinishing, our living space is getting smaller and more crowded by the day! Trying to stay optimistic and hoping everything will come together soon.

Here's the kind of chaos we're living with and the kind of relaxed socializing we used to do....looking forward to having people over once again.