Hadrian: King of the North?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in England, Hiking, United Kingdom | 4 Comments

“The Night’s Watch is the only thing standing between the realm and what lies beyond.” Maester Aemon to Tyrion Lannister On our third day, we finally began to see segments of what remained of one of the great achievements of Roman engineering, Hadrian’s Wall. As we walked I noted how it stretched across vast landscapes. […]

Show Me The Wall

We’ve been walking Hadrian’s Wall for two days, and of the ancient Roman Wall—nothing yet. This isn’t unexpected. When the people in the north of England started to build houses of stone they had a choice of quarrying it—or scavenging from this stone wall that had been unused for centuries. Easy choice. Times were tough […]

Hadrian’s Wall: Keeping the Barbarians Out

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Great civilizations built walls to keep those “barbarians” out. “Just when you think you are at the world’s end, you see a smoke from East to West as far as the eye can turn, and then, under it, also as far as the eye can stretch, houses and temples, shops and theatres, barracks and granaries, […]

Homes for Vagabonds: The Airbnb Life

Home is where the heart is. Pliny the Elder When we let our apartment lease expire a year ago and committed to a lifestyle of traveling, we knew we’d want places to call “home” for extended periods of time. We have friends who do the RV lifestyle and enjoy it, but that’s not for us. […]

Pitching in at the Food Bank

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in England, Travel Update, United Kingdom | 4 Comments

One of our plans for life abroad that was thwarted was our intention to give back through volunteer work. At home we’re active in our church, my writer’s group,  and other volunteer work such as Habitat for Humanity. One of our intentions was to spend some of our time doing volunteer work with local organizations. […]

The Non-Gentry Life

During our trek across Spain, Laurie and I started a habit of returning our dishes and glasses to the counter when we were done with a meal. Both of us had done our time in food service so we are sympathetic to servers. And the staff in many of the places we stopped were very […]

The Houseless, not Homeless, Life

“Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight If it’s not too dear” Lyrics from the Beatles, “When I’m Sixty Four” There are definite challenges to our “Houseless, not homeless,” lifestyle. Things that we took for granted in our old homes and neighborhoods are difficult or non-existent. For example, near our […]

Seven Fun Things About Living in England

Brighton-Hove, September 30th We left our home base in Seattle in early April and have since lived in six different countries. Each place has it’s own charms. We’ve been in England since August 13. Here are a few of our favorite things about living in England. Many kids call their mother,“Mummy.” Listening to the local […]