Cirencester Boot Scrapers

Cirencester Boot Scrapers

I have a lot more time to spend at the computer now that we don’t have to spend the day getting ready for a hike, doing a hike, recovering from a hike, planning the next day’s hike. Plus we have about 1 1/2 hours more daylight now than when we arrived. In early January it was dark by 5pm, now it is light until after 6pm. Today was beautiful and sunny, so I took photos … Continue reading Cirencester Boot Scrapers

Gatwick Airport Still Using One Bag Rule

I can’t remember when they brought in the One Bag Rule in UK airports, but it was in response to some terrorist incident. It is always difficult to work out the rational that airport security uses these days, but I think this is to make the security lines move faster. The first time we had to deal with this was last summer, flying through Gatwick to Geneva. At that time, if you were connecting in … Continue reading Gatwick Airport Still Using One Bag Rule

Going Home in a Week

Snowdrops in Adelstrop

The last week of a long trip is always a strange time for me. When we first started taking yearly trips to Europe in 1996, they were eight to ten weeks long. A few years later, when we were both busy with work, we shortened our travel time and took four to five week trips. This year I wanted a long trip, a mini “moving there” experience, so we did a nine week trip. Instead … Continue reading Going Home in a Week

BBC TV shows on iTunes (but only in the UK!)

I travel with my iPod loaded up with TV shows and movies that I watch on the iPod or with the iPod hooked up to aTV set using a Monster cable (takes output from the iPod and displays it on a TV set). * Blog entry updated Feb 24 with new info on this cable. The image quality of the TV shows is very good and it is convenient watching them this way. If you … Continue reading BBC TV shows on iTunes (but only in the UK!)

Everything is Wonderful!

A quick post to say what a great trip we are having! We had a week of sunshine and mild weather, but now it has turned colder. Today was sunny, but cold. Our friends Valerie and Bryan, who used to live near us in Albuquerque but now live in Italy, came for the weekend during the great weather. We spent a day touring this area, a day up to Stow-on-the-Wold exploring that area, and a … Continue reading Everything is Wonderful!

Donkeys to help carry groceries

Bradford-on-Avon Weavers' Cottages

The towns of Stroud and Nailsworth are in steep river valleys. Two hundred years ago this was an industrial area with many mills on the rivers. They made cloth, walking sticks, umbrellas. The mills used the rivers for power. Villages formed on the steep hillsides above the mills. Part of the Cotswold Canals runs down the Stroud valley, at one time connecting the River Severn and the River Thames. The canal was a main transporation … Continue reading Donkeys to help carry groceries

More Than Half Way Through

Eight weeks seems like a long time when you are booking it, but now that we are here the time is going by in a flash. We are already past the half way point and I don’t even know Nailsworth yet, let alone the Cotswolds. On Saturday we walked across town to the Ruskin and Horsley Mills on the south side of town. They are in a narrow river valley with pretty neighborhoods of old … Continue reading More Than Half Way Through

Vacation Home Expo, Atlanta, April 12 – 13, 2008

Come to the Vacation Home Expo, the weekend of April 12 – 13, in Atlanta, at the Cobb Galleria Centre! Pauline Kenny, founder of Slow Travel, and Kathy Wood, from The Luberon Experience, present “Slow Travel … We’re moving too fast”. Find out about this emerging vacation rental lifestyle that’s spreading throughout Europe and worldwide. Gail Hecko of Gail’s Great Escapes will join Pauline and Kathy at the Slow Travel booth for the weekend. Drop … Continue reading Vacation Home Expo, Atlanta, April 12 – 13, 2008