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Cotswold Countryside

Cotswold Countryside

Today we drove through the countryside in search of beautiful views and old buildings. Afternoon Walk We started our adventure today with a lovely drive through the countryside. Even though I was born here, and have spent the better part of 50 years between England and America, there is something about the patchwork green of the countryside that makes me feel as though I’m home. One of my earliest memories as a child is flying to England with my mother…

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Cotswold Cottage Fantasy

Cotswold Cottage Fantasy

It’s been a week since I’ve updated . . . We have relocated from Birmingham, to the last part of our trip. Cotswold Cottage Our friend Mouse owns a lovely cottage in the village of South Cerney in the Cotswolds. This cottage is perhaps the most idyllic place I’ve ever been. In it’s former life, the cottage was known as Draycott – the cart house for the mill up-stream. When sitting inside it is easy to imagine it as a…

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From Schnitzel to Strudel and Back Again

From Schnitzel to Strudel and Back Again

My time in Vienna draws to a close. I wait for my next adventure to begin, two weeks in England, enjoying the tastes of my childhood. But, as I sit here in the airport lounge, I find myself waxing nostalgic about the last two weeks. Impressions of Vienna Beauty. Art. Culture. History. Coffee. Sacher Torte. Apricots. Music. One of the best parts of travel is collecting memories. Living pictures in my mind I can visit at will. I am still…

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From Bratislava to Budapest

From Bratislava to Budapest

Over the past few days we traversed the distance between Vienna and Budapest, with a stop in Bratislava. Never having been to a Slavic country before, I was surprised at the beauty of both Slovakia and Hungary. Bratislava We enjoyed an afternoon stroll (in the pouring rain) through the old town of Bratislava. The architecture was an interesting mixture of buildings erected throughout the ages, including their time behind the iron curtain. But, the old town section was charming, and…

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Onward We Go

Onward We Go

My First Riverboat Trip . . .     Having been on a lot of cruises I was apprehensive about a riverboat experience. The size of the vessel is much smaller, and there appeared to be less to do each day. Well, I couldn’t be more wrong. The boat is far more luxurious than an ocean-going ship, and gliding along the river is smooth. Because we are in a river, there is scenery every step of the way. We passed…

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Vienna: The Adventure Continues

Vienna: The Adventure Continues

Disclaimer before I write any more — I don’t mean for this post to sound pretentious, but there is a high likelihood that it will . . . Crystal River Cruises We checked out of our hotel and check into the Crystal Mozart, Crystal Cruises first riverboat. So, this might be the most luxurious trip I’ve been on. We were met at the dock by an uniformed staff member, complete with top hat and tails. Check in consisted of a…

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Vienna . . . Day Two

Vienna . . . Day Two

I’m sitting here at the end of another magical day in Vienna, sipping a glass of white wine, quite content with myself.  We awoke this morning to the delightful sounds of a thunderstorm.  Heavy rain drops pelted against our window panes lulling us back to a warm, cozy sleep. Hofburg Palace But when we finally did rise, the Hofburg Palace called.  The spectacular opulence of the Hapsburgs laid out before us.  Jewels and furs, ornate furnishing and the remnants of…

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Fear

Fear

Yes, it’s confession time.  I might be a little bit … or a lot… afraid. Revision I am almost done with the revision to my second novel, Light and Shadow.  I will be cleaning up the last few things over the next week and putting it to bed for now.  It has gone through a year and half of read and critique group, a beta reader or two, and now one BIG revision, complete with a new ending (That’s three…

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Writing Quote Wednesday

Writing Quote Wednesday

“You don’t actually have to write anything until you’ve thought it out. This is an enormous relief, and you can sit there searching for the point at which the story becomes a toboggan and starts to slide.” —Marie de Nervaud   Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Writer’s Digest. (Thank you for the inspiration.) New Ideas and Projects I think this quote stuck out to me today because I am in the home stretch of a large revision to…

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Time

Time

You may have noticed…. or not, that I haven’t posted in almost a week.  Well as you can imagine it’s been one of THOSE weeks.  You know, the kind of week where your time is pulled away from you at every possible turn.  A week where it seems everyone you meet places demands on your time. Some Thoughts SO, this week has caused a contemplative mood this morning.  How we all spend our time, how to find the time for…

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