Through wind and rain, over hills, valleys, shingle and sand: Tales of a walking holiday in the Outer Hebrides

Ripples of turquoise waves, edged with white froth, rolled onto a broad expanse of empty, white sand. Wisps of white clouds streaked a vivid blue sky. In the background, rolling hills lay in gray-green shadow. Long ago, it was this picture that first alerted me to the presence of the Outer Hebrides, islands of the north-west coast of Scotland.

Cotswolds Sojourns

Weeping Willows, branches trailing in the gentle current of the clear river Coln; birds flittered and twittered between leafy boughs; the meadow, lush and wet, was a carpet of clover, forget-me-nots and dandelions; yellow daffodils and primroses in lavender, red, white and yellow adorned pots and  borders  fronting  dark, honey-colored stone cottages. 

Stepping Back in Time in York, England

Bye Bye woolly ramblers.  So long Mr. Stud. We all had a touch of the blues having to say Farewell so soon to sheep-studded fells, massive bulls and other rustic delights of the Lake District.  Luckily, the vacation wasn’t over. Next on the agenda: a visit to a northern England town long on history --York. …

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Surprising Things I Discovered During a Brief Visit to Peter Rabbit Land, the Lake District of England: Part 2

It was December.  Christmas shopping was done, packages in the mail and the first batch of cookies, meant for others, had somehow found their way into my stomach.  Outside the weather wasn’t exactly frightful but cold, gray and dreary, the kind of day that lends itself to dreams of spring and vacations. Friends Dave and …

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Surprising Things I Discovered During A Brief Visit to Peter Rabbit Land, the Lake District of England – Part 1

Keeping eyes glued to the soft ground, I huffed and puffed my way to the top, feeling a little like The Little Engine That Could.   “I think I can.  I think I can” said  it when faced with a challenging task.  Navigating a minefield of hazards --stinging nettles, ankle-twisting rocks, and mounds of moist, tar-like …

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When A Bear Walks In The Woods

A walk in the park is a relatively simple process. It involves stepping into shoes, grabbing a snack, some water or other liquid refreshment and heading out into the woods.  But if you’ve ever read stories about Winnie-the-Pooh , you might recall that this ain’t necessarily so.  After all, he has a reputation for being …

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