Goodbye November!

Dear November, it doesn’t feel like you stayed around very long. We packed so much into your days that they just flew past, and now we’re already waving goodbye. From the lovely weather we enjoyed in Switzerland when you first arrived, to the broody skies we saw in Northern Ireland last week, to the long cold…

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Flexible Traditions

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favourite holidays, and I have happy memories of lovely meals shared with various combinations and permutations of family and friends over the years. I love, above all, the feeling of being in sync with other Americans, all cooking similar foods and gathering together to eat their holiday meal. Nowadays,…

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Giant’s Causeway

After leaving Belfast on Saturday morning, we drove north through the frigid countryside towards the Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder that – despite its whimsical name –  feeds the spirit as deeply as any cathedral. Each year when we go Iona, we take the boat trip out to Staffa to see Fingal’s Cave and visit the…

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St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

Saturday’s visit to Northern Ireland was a day of two parts. After flying in from Stansted, we rented a car and drove along snowy roads, making our way into central Belfast to visit St. Anne’s Cathedral. Jeff had heard that the labyrinth in the cathedral might be worth seeing, so we made the trip with…

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Praying for Rein, Deer

We couldn’t help the puns. They just kept coming as we marveled at this wild juxtaposition of seasonal imagery. In November, which some might say is way too early to start decorating for Christmas.

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The Reluctant Walker

Even after yesterday’s epiphany about the joys and benefits of walking in cold weather, I still had a hard time pushing myself out the door today. Any and every excuse seemed better than actually putting on my hat and gloves and setting out, so much so that it was already getting dark by the time…

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Winter’s Approach

A quick photo to show you that today’s walk was both cold and beautiful. I’ll post some Belfast stories tomorrow, but the carry-over into today was that I went out at all, into the cold. Yesterday’s hilly hike through the icy sleet reminded me that I am a strong walker and that I don’t need…

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To Belfast and Back

We had a great day out today — to Belfast! Snow and Belfast sort of go together in our experience, and sure enough, we saw the first snowfall of the winter today. This was the view out the window as we flew across southern England. We’ve just gotten home, and I’m cold and tired, so…

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Recycled Humour

This week has been intense from start to finish, but we’ve gotten a lot done, and I’ve managed a few good long walks despite grey skies, fierce wind, and a crazy workload. On a trip to the tip (recycling centre) yesterday, we found this little lady peering through the rain — and she made us smile.

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Storm Barney

The gusting wind is rattling the roof tiles this evening, leaving everything feeling unsettled. I could feel the storm approaching, so I went out walking in plenty of time to be back before things got too intense. I was, for once, out ahead of the dog-walking regulars. The calm before the storm – Barney is…

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