Upstate South Carolina, beautiful seasons


Autumn in Upstate South Carolina is quite stunning. I have never experienced such a wide array of colors, especially in such length. Both Videos are taken in Anderson County, South Carolina, by yours truly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJu5GwDYPS0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywmPtvG3RoI nct seasons here and it is beautiful. I have made a few videos along the way to highlight to … Continue reading Upstate South Carolina, beautiful seasons

A way to Finnish the day, Finnish Musician


A special treat awaited for me in Kensal Green, London. A young man from Finland willing bestowed a lovely song up our music loving group, performed by him, sung in Finnish, entertaining the whole group. Lots of fun, a great way to enjoy the accommodations!

Portraits of those before us, and more, National Gallery, London


Culture is in the eye of the beholder and the artists of old captured the essence of all things great  in the centuries before us....and viewing them is free at the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square in downtown London. A fabulous aspect of the National Gallery is the general entrance is free, which is great … Continue reading Portraits of those before us, and more, National Gallery, London

Old High Church and Kirkyard, Inverness, Scottish Highlands


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Unexpected Lovelyness


As the titles states, unexpected surprises pop up, especially on adventures it seems. Meeting new people, making new friends, trying new foods and stumbling across venues and events are always such a delight!! Below, are just a few of the recent, lovely surprises  I have been blessed to enjoy while here in the Highlands of … Continue reading Unexpected Lovelyness

Rosemarkie-Fortrose Parish Church


Rosemarkie, a charming small town along the Moray Firth on the Black Isle, is a quaint place to wander, taking in the sea air and the charms of the area. Everything is acccessible by foot, once arrived in the town, which is a really nice treat. The Church parish itself is easily found, tucked away … Continue reading Rosemarkie-Fortrose Parish Church

All Under one Banner


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCcxG2bm4PE   What a rally and march to see!! The streets are packed with seekers, the March filled with banners, flags, and more, in march for an Independent Scoltand!! What an experience to see first hand. The march last well over an hour and chants were said, responses given, and flags were waved in high … Continue reading All Under one Banner

Making New Friends, Highlands of Scotland


The blessings continue to flow here in Scotland as I have made some wonderful friends along my journey. It isn't always about what you are seeing, it is about whom comes into your life and leaves a happy mark on your heart that creates the best experiences; may the memories and friendships continue to bloom.

Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (near Banchory)


Hugh Miller Cottage, Cromarty, Scotland


 I was so very blessed to get to spend a whole day touring the childhood and adulthood home (for a while) of Hugh Miller, geologist, reformer, stone mason and Scots. Truly an amazing experience!! I used my National Trust for Scotland pass to tour it, which is awesome.

The Adventures of Flat Stanley


Recently, I was blessed in being asked to be a Flat Stanley participant for a student in Tyro Elementary, Lexington, North Carolina. Here is a little back history Flat Stansley (compliments of this site.)   Dale Hubert first introduced The Flat Stanley Project to his students at Wilfrid Jury Public School in 1995.  The project's … Continue reading The Adventures of Flat Stanley

Christmas in Colorado


Christmas this year has been quite joyous!! It has been extended over time, celebrating over a couple of weeks with family and friends, drinking coffee and sharing with the Ladies Club at Zazzies, seeing my friend at the bank, playing Flat Stanley, and so much more. I am so blessed.

Cornerstone Coffee… Autumn Delights and hot Cider


Autumn comes alive in downtown, Akron, Colorado at Cornerstone Coffee, located conviently on Main street, with lots of available parking,  it has quickly become my home coffee shop of choice.  The lovely ladiens that run Cornerstone Coffee are not only excel at offering a delicious selection of baked goodies and sweet, they own the shop, … Continue reading Cornerstone Coffee… Autumn Delights and hot Cider

Tory Hole on Cape Fear River


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYMKtFiJIw The Revolution comes alive, 236 years later to the day! The Cape Fear River Basin is home to so much American history, boasting a menagarie of Revolutionary sites, all within walking distance around Elizabethtown, marked with stone signs on pillars, stating events that shaped our nation. The great part is that it is all … Continue reading Tory Hole on Cape Fear River

Black Water Rhythym and Blues, Elizabethtown, N.C.


A very enjoyable evening out on the town!! Located at the Farmers Market Plaza in Elizabethtown, N.C. A friend and I thoroughly enjoyed an evening of live music, performed by Black Water Rhythym and Blues. The trombones, saxaphone, trumpet and vocalists were awesome, featuring covered music tracks. A favorite of mine was the cover of … Continue reading Black Water Rhythym and Blues, Elizabethtown, N.C.

A Cheesy Snack/Side Dish


Cheesy Brussel Sprouts, an easy snack/side dish 1 bag of frozen Brussel sprouts (plain) 4 slices (or 4 oz) of real cheddar cheese Lightly steam the brussel sprouts with a little water, until thawed out and semi cooked. Let cool if cutting by hand. Slice/chop the brussel sprouts by hand or with a food processor, … Continue reading A Cheesy Snack/Side Dish

Reykjavik, Iceland


A layover has never been more exciting. My flight on Icelandair proved to be very successful, flying from London to Denver, via Reykjavik, Iceland. I arrived just  little before midnight, went through customs (getting another stamp in my passport, woohoo!!) I was able to sleep a little on a terminal bench in a quiet area, … Continue reading Reykjavik, Iceland

Struy Guest House, Cozy place to stay in Inverness


The Struy Guest House has honestly been the very best accommodation that I have stayed in while traveling and adventuring. The property manager, Kasper, has been super friendly and accommodating, the premises clean and neat, everything is tidy, and it is very affordable. I love that it is located about a Mile from downtown Inverness, … Continue reading Struy Guest House, Cozy place to stay in Inverness

13 months in Baden Wurtemburg


Whew!! 13 months here have really flown by and now it is time for the next chapter!! A review in photos of all the fun I have experienced living abroad here in Germany.

Burse, Freiburg, Germany


A great restaurant with outdoor seating in the plaza, offering wonderful food and traditional German cuisine, and, of course, I enjoyed the German hearty meal of Schnitzel, mixed salad, and potatoe salad. A wonderful meal in the plaza, a great way to fuel up on an adventure and a tasty way at that!!

Kloster Ruins, a most favorite place


Tucked away in the small village of Frauenalb, Germany, the klosterruine are a true treasure and gem worth exploring. Listed as a historic site and part of the National Park system, the ruins are filled with beauty and enchanting nooks and crannies. I hope you enjoy the tour. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFsv90YcSyg      

Bühl and the Burg Windeck Ruins


A Sunday Drive in the Black Forrest


Spock and Gelato


A small town in Southwest Germany, Spock offers a quiet afternoon to wander and enjoy Gelato.  

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Oatmeal


A super easy one pot wonder that is great for breakfast or brunch  and easily feed a crew. Ingredients: 2 cups old fashioned oats 3 cups water 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 red apples, cored and chopped 2 tablespoons dried raisins Honey Set the Honey aside and makes all the other ingredients together in a … Continue reading Cinnamon Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Chicken and vegetables bake


Ingredients 2 small zucchini, sliced length wise 4 chicken breast (4 legs or thighs can also be used instead) 1 large can of green beans 1 tsp of montreal seasonings Salt and pepper Put chicken in the bottom of a baking dish, sprinkle the Montreal seasonings on top. Layer zucchini spears/halves over the chicken Drain … Continue reading Chicken and vegetables bake

Abstract Oil Painting, Available


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Chilly Day Chili


Chickpea and Curry Wraps, Super Easy


Steinbach


A Small, quaint town in the heart of the Black Forrest, Thomas and I stopped at the Guesthause Hirch for a wonderful german meal, the church bells rang, and the service was nice, the food superb. A town that one can easily relax in and fully enjoy!!! A place to get a breath of fresh … Continue reading Steinbach

Neustadt an der WeinstraBe


A wonderful adventure with family!! My Uncle came to visit Germany from Maryland (and staying with his brother, my other Uncle). We all met up somewhere in the middle...in the lovely town of Neustadt an der WeinstraBe (literally translating into the "New City on the Wine Street" but it is truly an older city, being … Continue reading Neustadt an der WeinstraBe

Hauptfriedhof


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Laufenburg and Leistal, Switzerland


What a wonderful adventure--driving through Freiburg, Germany (where we stopped for a Cappuccino), we continued on the #5 interstate, through border control/inspection, and into Switzerland!! We were able to change countries in a matter of about 2 1/2 hours, which to my American mind, is just outstanding and so surprising. I, with passport in tow, … Continue reading Laufenburg and Leistal, Switzerland

Original Paintings available


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Homemade Vegetable Lentil Soup, a one pot wonder


Ingredients: 1 large can of Lentils 1 large Leek, sliced 3 Large Carrots, peeled and sliced 2 small onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon curry spices 2 tsp dill and Italian seasoning blend a pinch of salt 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 2 chicken bouillon cubes 2 litters water (roughly) Put on low/medium … Continue reading Homemade Vegetable Lentil Soup, a one pot wonder

A day in Gernsbach, a lovely village


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Karlsruhe Zoologisch Garten


An exciting Saturday afternoon together at the Zoo together, where even the Hippotamus eat Germain cuisine of potatoes and cabbage. The zoo is much larger than what first meets the eye and it is beautifully laid out, including animals and venues from all continents of the world. The Seels (also know as Sea Dogs in … Continue reading Karlsruhe Zoologisch Garten

A light Snack


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Fish Fry at home, super easy


  Making a meal at home is super easy, especially when a friend shared a recipe (or two) to help keep things interesting and tasty (read, I was tired of the same ol' same old dishes that I was making.) I recalled that while I live in the South-East parts of the United States, Fried … Continue reading Fish Fry at home, super easy

Linkenheimer Tor


An afternoon of unexpected wonders!! The open garden gates provided a beautiful selection of carvings, sculptors and more, with wide open lawns hosting people and their picnics. What a beautiful and splendid treat!!! Located in Karlsruhe, this is a free treasure worth seeing, located conveniently near the botanical gardens.

JägerSchnitzel and PanniertSchnitzel @ Täglich Restaurant, Ettlingen


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Wintery wonderland


https://youtu.be/ait3RPQw2vU   Meeting new and fun people is always nice--and what better place than to meet them in my German courses. Tatenda is from Zimbabwe and desired to adventure more here in Germany so we headed off together, enjoying lunch first, and then to the Monastary Ruins in Frauenalb for a wonderful and fun afternoon … Continue reading Wintery wonderland

Warm soup on a chilly Autumn evening


The practicing of cooking is underway as part of my New Year's resolution and daydreaming projects. Beginning since I have arrived in Germany, now that I have more than just myself to feed, creativity in the kitchen is fastly becoming the norm, which I absolutely love. The soup contains: Chicken Broth (stock) 1 whole choppped … Continue reading Warm soup on a chilly Autumn evening

Turning over a new leaf


  So, as our story continues on, Thomas and I have continued to write, sharing our lives and friendship through letters..and now we have been very dear, good sweet friends for almost 20 years. We continued to write when one day.... Thomas asked me to come to Germany, not for a vacation, but for something … Continue reading Turning over a new leaf