Have You Ever Wondered What the DMZ Was Like? Part 2

Today, we will be visiting other sections along the DMZ. I hope you read yesterday’s post to get a good start on the lay out of the land. Visitors to the DMZ must comply with the strict instructions. You may only take pictures when and where you are told. You must dress appropriately, no written…

Thursday Doors: Have You Ever Wondered What the DMZ Was Like?

Today I am taking LIBERTY with Norm’s Thursday Doors to show what I thought I would never see. This is a very large door, but it has been closed for a very long time. We are getting a chance to open that door between South Korea and North Korea, which might be one of the…

Thursday Doors: Columbus, Georgia

Today we are going South to Columbus, Georgia, located on the Chattahoochee River with Phenix City, Alabama looking back across the river at us! Columbus is such a great city because I enjoyed their Walking Trails……..The Original City Trail, The Church Square/High Uptown Trail, The Riverwalk and the Liberty Heritage Historic District. Columbus was an…

Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

I can’t say enough about our cruise and our last days spent in Barcelona. One of the best decisions we made (prior to leaving home) was setting up an eight hour private tour with Barcelona Day Tours and a driver, who knew Barcelona. When the ship docked, Christian, our driver, was there to pick us…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Hearts, Tarts, Queens and Guillotines

Come in, come in. This morning I am serving coffee with a heart motif and strawberry tarts. It is strange how my mind works…..let me tell you how I got to the hearts and tarts…….. This week I wrote a post about Mardi Gras (let the good times roll)…….how the celebration was started in Europe and…

Mardi Gras, ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’

Today is Mardi Gras, Let the Good Times Roll! But, what is this big party and how did it all begin? Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.  This ritual of feasting began in Venice and Rome and…

WeekendCoffeeShare: It’s About Extraterrestrials!

Welcome! Come in! Won’t you have a cuppa with me this morning? It’s quite gloomy and overcast out and a perfect day to share my latest adventure with you! This week I finished my jog of 97.7 miles on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada. That would be the route along SR 375 in Nevada from…

Jo’s Monday Walk: A Visit to Sissinghurst

A summer in the UK would not be complete for me without a visit to Sissinghurst Garden, one of my favorites! This is the garden that Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold, made home. Vita was also a friend of Virginia Wolfe, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, which I have written about in previous…

#MyGloriousGardens: The Garden of Ellen Terry

This week for my bit for #MyGlorious Gardens we are visiting Smallhythe Place near Tenderden, Kent. Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry, is located on a rural road, near Tenterden in Kent. Coming from a narrow, graveled, country lane from the Bullein Barn B&B, Smallhythe Place was at the end of it. Everyday we…

The Dirt on the Domestics: Life with the Bloomsburys

In 1904, the Stephen’s children, Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby and Adrian, left their comfortable surroundings  in Kensington, after their parent’s death, to move to the bohemian neighborhood of Bloomsbury. Since they could no longer afford the grand house and the ten servants for four people, they chose to escape many of the rituals of the Victorian…

#MyGloriousGardens: The Charleston Farmhouse

Today we are visiting one of my favorite gardens! Won’t you join me? This challenge is brought to us by Old House In the Shires! Charleston Farmhouse, the home of Vanessa Stephen Bell, (Virginia Woolf’s sister) is about six miles from Monk’s House, (Virginia Woolf’s home) as the the crow flies. The farmhouse sits in…

Now There’s a Cornette!

I am a Registered Nurse by profession. After I graduated with a BSN from Indiana University’s, School of Nursing, the first hospital I worked at was St Vincents in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a 1000 bed teaching hospital. There were so many good things about working at this hospital that it is ranked as the…

Color Your World: Margaret Brown

Today’s color for the challenge is Brown. Margaret “Maggie” Tobin Brown was known as the socialite on Lifeboat #6 when the  RMS Titanic sunk in 1912. Hollywood called her “Molly” Brown, but that was a made-up name that went well with her other name, unsinkable. Maggie Brown was born in a two room cabin along…

Welcome and Happy Hogmanay!

Welcome to my new blog! As you can see I have changed things up a bit! Out with the old and in with the new! I will continue to write about my travels and other passions; reading, gardening and photography, so nothing is changed in that way. Please look around to see all the new…

Christmas Foods and Traditions: The Trencher in Elizabethan Times

The 16th century was a fast-paced and fascinating time for the whole of Europe. Improvements in design of ships meant they could travel further and faster, resulting in the circumnavigation of the world. Queen Elizabeth granted Sir Walter Raleigh a Royal Charter, which authorized him to explore and colonize any “remote, heathen and barbarous countries,…