On December 19 we left Stirling, Scotland by train for York, England and for a third time stayed three nights in our favourite flat at Emperor's Wharf.
20 Years From Now...
"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!
Saturday, 30 December 2017
Upon completion of our Edinburgh housesit we took the train from Waverley to Stirling - home of Stirling castle (below) and land of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.
Friday, 29 December 2017
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Thursday, 30 November 2017
After a smooth overnight Westjet flight across the pond we had another full day's travel from Gatwick to London and onto Berwick-Upon-Tweed in Northumberland.
|Courtesy of http://www.ness-st.co.uk/aerial_photographs.html|
Thursday, 23 November 2017
While we love warm temperatures and sunshine John and I are excited to return to Britain this week. We're looking forward to the holidays in spite the the short, cool and rainy days we'll no doubt encounter.
Monday, 20 November 2017
We're often booked months in advance for a housesit and our recent Campbellville sit is no exception. Last February Gloria and Bob posted their dates on TrustedHousesitters.com and John and I applied. A few emails and a Skype chat later plans were made for us to meet in person in mid June. We had a lovely afternoon with lunch, laughs and of course wine, and that same day we met Nukka and Chimo.
|L to R: Nukka, Chimo|
Saturday, 18 November 2017
In mid-October we travelled 1750 kilometres from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to Campbellville, Ontario to begin our next housesit. While the journey can be completed in a relatively short period of time we took our time, stretching it out over four days and seeing a few of the sights along the way.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Upon completing our Dartmouth, NS housesit on Thanksgiving weekend, we headed to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island via the 12.9 km long Confederation Bridge that connects PEI to New Brunswick. It is the longest bridge in the world that crosses ice-covered water.
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Monday, 6 November 2017
One of our most memorable discoveries during our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia housesit was the small town of Mahone Bay. We were unaware of it prior to our arrival in Lunenburg, but upon hearing glowing reports from other travellers we decided to take a look-see.
Sunday, 5 November 2017
We're thankful for good friends we've known almost three decades and surprise, surprise they enjoy travelling as much as we do! Whenever we get together the conversation always includes updates on each couples latest escapades and more often than naught includes wine and a home cooked meal.
Labels: Crusty No Knead Bread
Saturday, 4 November 2017
Thursday, 2 November 2017
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Small, local museums are often overlooked due to time restraints, but when we're in an area more than a few days we often find they are a great resource in getting to the heart of a community. Dartmouth's Evergreen House is one such place.
Sunday, 29 October 2017
Each housesit is an opportunity to get to know an area and live like a local. When an opportunity arose near Halifax, we jumped at the chance and are grateful to Colin and Laura for making it become a reality. Their cozy, comfortable home in Dartmouth is a short fifteen minute walk to downtown and the harbour.
Friday, 27 October 2017
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
When we set out on our Atlantic Canada adventure in August we had two must-see destinations in mind. One was the Viking settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland and the other was Fort Louisbourg on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Friday, 6 October 2017
One thousand years before the Europeans arrived in North America Norse expeditions travelled from Greenland and established a settlement on the tip of Newfoundland's great northern peninsula.
Thursday, 5 October 2017
We stayed three nights in St. Anthony as the Snuggle Inn self-catering cottage. Our unit is on the lower level of the orange house with the red roof, shown in the centre of the photo below (to the far right of the orange airplane).
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Monday, 2 October 2017
Sunday, 1 October 2017
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Friday, 29 September 2017
The Bradley House within the Mockbegger Plantation was constructed in 1871 and owned by the wife of F. Gordon Bradley who was a prominent lawyer, politician and advocate of confederation.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
A short drive from Bonavista is the small community of Elliston (308 permanent residents) and the even tinier hamlet of Maberly with 20 full-time inhabitants.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Cape Bonavista's Lighthouse captured John's attention the moment he learned one of its lights came from Scotland's Inchcape Rock made famous by Robert Southey's poem of the same title.
Saturday, 23 September 2017
When Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) first spotted the North American coastline in 1497 he declared "O buono vista" and more than five centuries his statement holds firm. The town and area around Bonavista is glorious in every language.
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
It's no secret Newfoundland communities often have unique names and three we recently visited on the Avalon peninsula are Dildo, Cupids and Brigus.
Sunday, 3 September 2017
We'd dreamed of doing a Newfoundland housesit for a good many years and in late August it became a reality. We arrived in Clarke's Beach, a small community about one hours drive from "town" (which in Nfld means St. John's as it is consider the ONLY town) and were greeted with open arms by homeowners, Antje Springmann and Dennis Minty.
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Monday, 28 August 2017
The warm summer temperatures and brilliant sunshine during our four days in St. John's prompted us to hit the road on day one and see the coastal communities. Our first stop south was Ferryland. It was here in 1621 that George Calvert (aka Lord Baltimore) founded a permanent settlement. Prior to this it had been used as a station for migratory fishermen from France, Spain and Portugal.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Pelee Island had been on our list of places to visit for a number of years and as this is Canada's 150th birthday we decided to spend a week there June 10-17. Our rental cottage was basic, but adequate and its best feature was the huge deck overlooking Lake Erie.
Friday, 14 July 2017
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Saturday, 8 July 2017
One of the joys of travelling is sampling the food of each region and while we were in Europe this past winter and spring we did just that - in three countries: Portugal, Spain and France - and we began our culinary adventure as soon as our feet hit the ground in Lisbon.
|Ristorante Caffetteria Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon|
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
French artist Henri Matisse considered the Rosary Chapel in Vence the accomplishment of his life's work. "It demanded four years of exclusive and assiduous work," he said, "and it is the result of all my active life. Despite all of its imperfections, I see it as my masterpiece."
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Friday, 30 June 2017
As mentioned in Haut-de-Cagnes: Part 1 this is our favourite medieval village in France. The reasons are many, but the main being it continues to be a vibrant community. Ordinary people work and live here. They raise their families here. Haut-de-Cagnes (literal translation is the 'top of Cagnes') is not simply a tourist destination filled with art galleries, shops and restaurants - although it does have a few of each including one or two hotels.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Friday, 23 June 2017
Our five-week housesit in Nice, France allowed us ample time to explore the surrounding area. One day we took the #100 bus (sixty minutes each way) from Nice to Menton which is the last town on the French Riviera before the Italian border.