Armchair Sailing

I’m reading Lone Voyager by Maureen Jenkins. She was an Englishwoman who decided that she had had enough and was going to make changes in her life. Having raised her sons to adulthood and tolerated her husband with difficulty for years, at the age of 50 she took a fancy to sailing, So she left…

Wow! Here is an ADVENTURE!

I’ve been quite pleased with myself (“chuffed”, as they say) in my ongoing day dreams. People pretend to be quite impressed by my experience and plans for the Camino in Spain, and I enjoy that. However, I recently learned about an acquaintance who is now on a SERIOUS walk that puts my plans to shame. Her adventure goes above…

Next time we should walk to the triathlon!

The 750 m swim, 20 km bike ride, and 5 km run were the easy parts, at least for the accompanying persons! We got off to a bad start on exiting the tight turn in the driveway. With a bicycle and 3 adults in a tiny car, visibility was not optimal and the driver’s mind…

Seeing Clarely on location – Sampling Clarely

The wine-producing Clare Valley drew my attention and gave me some ideas for my online identity. The main building at the small Clare airfield welcomes arrivals with two portapotties. I don’t think I’ll use the following photo as my blog avatar. Since it was midweek, the day trippers and weekenders from Adelaide were absent. That…

“Bit of bad luck along the Oodnadatta…”

Since I am industriously going to work every day for an interlude, I have to rely on my family to provide some adventure. Younger daughter N (age 24) is taking a leisurely mid-summer drive through the outback of Australia. In the old days she would have set off, been chased by dingos, encountered deadly snakes…

Walking in Wallachia

We have been aero- and tele-transported to the Czech Republic, specifically the Wallachian area of Moravia. (Sounds gloomy and medieval, doesn’t it? Well, it IS November and grey.) As in Spain, there are distinct villages and towns strung out along the countryside. Walking routes are marked, but not quite as clearly as the one-way unwavering…

Planning a trip in England – walking, open garden days and markets

A few years ago I wanted to go walking in England with my sister-in-law, but we didn’t quite know where to start planning without committing ourselves to some formal tour arrangement. Coincidentally I saw an article in our local newspaper about an “open garden day” planned in our town – this is where 10 households would volunteer to open…