An Evening Walk on the Beach

after arriving at the cottage we had a quick snack and then decided to explore the beach

Now that the days are getting shorter my daughter and I knew that we didn’t have a lot of time to walk on the beach before darkness set in. After sitting in the car for over three hours we needed to stretch our legs. We fuelled up on some tea and homemade apple cake and then headed down to the beach. We were pleasantly surprised to find the the water level had gone down somewhat since our last visit so walking on the beach was considerably easier than it was two weeks ago.

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My Morning Coffee

….mornings at the cottage

The first thing I do when I wake up at the cottage is fill the kettle and boil water for my morning coffee. I have no electricity so there is no coffee maker, Tassimo machine or Nespresso machine. When I grew up my parents always made filter coffee. People now call is pour over coffee and they pay a premium price for it at the coffee shop.

For more than 30 years I’ve made my coffee at the cottage this way. I put the kettle on the side burner of the BBQ and place the filter cone over our Coffee Butler. It’s a thermos that keeps the coffee hot for hours but when there’s more than two of us we often have to make a couple of pots if we want more than one cup.

This past weekend I went to the cottage with my daughter and daughter-in-law and this is how we started each morning. The night before we left for the cottage I made a large loaf of banana bread which I wrapped in foil and brought along. Heaven!

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Friendly Friday – Nostalgia

…thanks to Amanda for hosting this week’s Friendly Friday

Everyone once in awhile Facebook or my Photo Stream appear on my phone and remind me of events that took place in the past. It seems that I have done a most of my travelling in July which isn’t really unusual because the summer was the only time I could get away as a teacher.

Here are a few of my favourite moments from the past.

My husband when I first met him in 1972.2-B2890-D1-451-F-4-A30-B628-CBFC6-CDD175-B-1-201-a

Our daughter’s wedding day, 9/10/11
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Hiking up the cliff side in Houth, Ireland 2011
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Can you believe this is the same guy but 30 years younger?
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My Dad meeting his first great grandchild, Winnie.
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At Andrea’s and Josie’s wedding
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Travelling with our daughter and granddaughter in Italy, July 2016
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The family at Azadeh’s and Brendan’s wedding in Assisi, July 2016
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Venice with my husband in July 2020
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Gaelan, Winnie and me in Florence in July 2020
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Visiting Brendan and Azadeh in London with the girls, 2018B8824435-4570-4997-ADBD-D8-C6-F72-FBE67

Touring the neighbourhoods of London with Andrea and Josie, 2018
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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – #95 – All Wet

…thanks to Tina from Travels and  Trifles for hosting this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge

I recently posted photos of flowers covered with rain drops so I had to go into the archives for these shots.

Our old girl loves the water…..3-B936922-6-B5-E-4-F21-B0-CD-3-D1-EE6483-D77

…do most of the family
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So does her buddy, Olive.
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At the conservatory
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After a rainstorm
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Sunday Trees – 439 (…and a Personal Message)

…thanks to Becca Givens for hosting Sunday Trees

I can barely remember what day of the week it is and during this strange time in our history I find myself experiencing a whole range of emotions. One of them is extreme sadness and it hit me like a ton of bricks this past week. I reached out to my family and some of my friends and they helped me through this difficult time with humour and love.

For a couple of days my blog was sadly neglected and I’m only now trying to get back into it. I’m not doing this out of a sense of duty but rather for the love of it. It really does give me perspective and a place to connect with friends all over the world. I hope all of you are coping during these trying times and staying safe and keeping healthy.

Sending love and hope

Carol

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Introducing Our Newest Addition to the Family

…born January 24, 2020

Our son and his beautiful wife just blessed us with a new granddaughter on the 24th of January. Her name is Sevin (pronounced Seveen) and she came into this world weighing just over 8 pounds. We are looking forward to meeting her when we fly to London, England on March 16th. For now we have photos, videos and live WhatsApp chats.

Playing

with my granddaughter

It’s amazing to me what I won’t do for my granddaughter. Getting down at her level is not easy for me. It’s one reason why I want to get into better shape. On Friday my husband and I spent the day in Hamilton to give our daughter some time to work on her at home business. The teachers here are on rotating strikes so we try to help whenever we can. Here are some of the images of our playful day.1941EAAA-A8DB-4B77-A051-91C6A63CBD3DAC63114D-8B1E-4543-8FF8-D3A0CA42CD79FF86BE3A-ACF4-4DC0-B5C2-CF2BCD51B890927CFA69-1077-4945-8770-B60D8CC93FBEAA54387E-ECF1-4BB4-A0B7-6ABA3392CA9FDD138CEA-24F7-445D-B5DE-EE2C44189EA1_1_201_a1E71CA08-38C2-4E5B-B0B8-34993C24211F_1_201_a