We are leaving in a couple of days to get on the transatlantic cruise to Amsterdam. We have a balcony on the cruise and plan to use it a lot. So all the packing and things to do before we leave are being done.
Our sons are moved in. The dogs are doing well.
We are packing ( oh no). We take one rolling suitcase and one backpack each for the six months we will be away. That means that I take very few clothes and they all are black and can be worn together. For color and variety I pack scarves. I pack in packing bags; the shirts, the pants, the underwear, the jacket all can be pulled out and used as needed. I bring 2 pairs of shoes and a pair of saddles. It is not much but it leaves some room to pick up something irresistible .
There are some things that we bring from home because they are difficult to get in Ireland and England. These are the special ear plugs I use, I love my husband but I still need to sleep. Our vitamins and medications ( luckily we take only a few meds so that is easy). My prepared journal and my journal tools. We take a laptop computer, our phones, an ipad and a Magic Jack phone. It is all very lightweight. When you are getting on trains and buses in Europe there are no porters to help. You must lug your bags up the train stairs very quickly as they only stop for a few minutes and there are lots of other people getting on.
The worst part of the trip is the flight to Fort Lauder dale. I hate flying, it is so cramped. That is the reason we will take a cruise over and a cruise back. If you want to follow our adventures pet and house sitting please click the “follow” button and put in your email addy. You will then get an email only when I post ( no one wants more emails than needed). There will be very few posts on the 14 day cruise since the internet is difficult and expensive to use in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Bon Voyage!
We have been at home all this time since returning from England in August. Our son got married in December. Then we got through Christmas; with a small tree and all of our Christmas decorations still in storage. We have made the downstairs comfortable with furniture from our office and our bed. The upstairs is completely empty. We find we do not need to live in much space these days after being on the road for 6 months. All of our clothes fit into 1/2 of our closet. It is good to have our sweet doggie Mac back with us.
The housing market seems to be depressed here at the moment so we are taking some small trips while we decide what to do. I find that I am restless and want to be back on the road again.
So we are spending a week in Las Vegas. There are some interesting places to take photographs here. This is the glass ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel that is stunning. And some glass Cherry flowers from the inside of the hotel. We also went to an abandoned mining town near here, and got photographs of lots of rusted cars and signs. The next day we went to the stunning Valley of Fire. This is a state park that has lots of sandstone rocks the are standing straight up from the ground due to violent up thrusts from the time of the dinosaurs. It is pretty dramatic.
And today we visited the Atomic Testing Museum. We had a Groupon (2 for $26) and you should look for such a discount, as the list price is $22 each, and I don’t think it’s worth that. Those of you who are of our age will remember those duck-and-cover drills from the 60s, and this will certainly make you realize how useless that would have been, and how crazy the whole nuclear industry was.
There is a lot to do in Las Vegas besides gambling.
Well, I thought I would up date you on some of our events. Not as exciting as the summer in England but still interesting.
If you want to purchase any of these photographs they are available in my Etsy shop.
It is very strange to come home to an empty house after 6 months on the road in Europe. We did have a bed to sleep in but that is all. We moved some of my office furniture into the the family room. We got my dining room table back from my sister and got an outdoor table with some patio chairs that we had in storage. I got my long art table out of the storage unit and am in the process of setting up my studio again.
I have vacuumed and mopped the floor two times. Cleaned and waxed the teak table and even put up a painting in the dining room. We bought a new TV and are slowly finding things that we need from the storage unit. This is our dear son Brian and David working together . We swan in the pool the other day and it was heaven. It is coming together.
We have a large house and have decided to only live in the downstairs. We are used to living in small spaces now and are trying to only add what we need. It is refreshing.
We have also had time with our son, his fiance, our family, our dog and our friends. This is the best part of being home.
We took the train to St. Ives in Cornwall from Truro, it only cost about $5 each for us to go to the beach and to return to Truro. Here is an old fashioned signal box house for those of you who are railroad fans that is still operating in the Truro train station. The train goes to St. Erth where we got on the St. Ives train. This train only goes back and forth to St. Ives.St. Ives is a seaside town on the western edge of Cornwall. It is a popular summer resort. We went on one of the few days of sunshine that we experienced in Cornwall and it was crowded. Here is a photo of the beach.Many people put up wind breaks and small pop up tents. There is a lovely harbor where the local kids jump off the pier to go swimming. There is a picturesque Lighthouse on the end of the pier. And some local seals patrol the harbor walls hoping some of the fishing boats might lose some fish. We did get some fish and chips in a fun restaurant on the harbor front. Here is a photo of David looking happy after eating salmon. It was a wonderful day train trip.
We are taking care of 2 lovely dogs in Truro, Cornwall. Here is a picture of them having fun.
We have been walking these babies 2 times a day in a lovely field nearby.
But we have not done any sight seeing because….I love the Olympics. All my favorite sports come in the first week. Swimming, volleyball and gymnastics are the big three for me. The problem with being in England is that the swimming finals are live here at 1-4 am because the the time difference with Rio. Oh no…..my normal schedule runs until 1 am everyday but this is really making my clock crazy. Luckily, next week we can see some of lovely Cornwall and I will put up some lovely photos for you.
Here is the view from our pet sitting home, so lovely.
Oh and go USA!
It is summer here in England but sometimes it is hard to tell. There has been more rain than sunshine during our visit. For someone from Southern California it is an amazing amount of water from the sky. The wonderful part of all of this rain is the glorious flowers that bloom here. I have been going crazy taking photographs of some of these lush blooms. I thought I would share some of them with you. A bouquet of English blossoms for you to enjoy.