I Love Switzerland!

Cow in Swiss Alps

Last summer we spent a wonderful two weeks in Lenk, in the Swiss Alps. This was our fourth visit to Lenk and probably our 20th to Switzerland. Our first visit to Switzerland was during our “Year in Europe” in 1988 where we spent the summer hiking in the Swiss Alps. On that trip we stayed in Grindelwald and Zermatt. Over the years we have returned many times, staying in different mountain towns. For the last … Continue reading I Love Switzerland!


Trail into Bridport

The UK magazine Country Walking runs a challenge to walk 1000 miles in a year. This year Steve and I decided to join in. 1000 miles works out to 2.73 miles per day or about 20 miles per week. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you miss a day or two those miles pile up. Do you remember that episode of the 1950s TV show I Love Lucy where Lucy and Ethel start work … Continue reading #Walk1000Miles

American Small Town vs English Village

A street in Painswick

Lately I have been thinking about the differences between small town USA, where we used to live, and a village in the Cotswolds, where we live now. I have been comparing my daily life here and to my life in the US. The differences are not big, but there are differences and I think they are caused by the way the towns and villages are situated here. The physical layout of this place affects how … Continue reading American Small Town vs English Village

Walking to Minch

Minchinhampton, Cotswolds

The weather has been wonderful for over a week. There was a bit of rain last night, but before that our last rain was a week ago Monday in London. I don’t even bother bringing my rain jacket on hikes. But this changes tomorrow and I am ready for some rain. I am reading a great book: Sebastian Faulks “Engleby” (2007). I am knitting mittens – trying the knitting them flat pattern vs. knitting in … Continue reading Walking to Minch