Blue Ridge Idyll

Last weekend we were supposed to be visiting with some of my husband’s family in Michigan. A week or so before we were meant to travel, we spoke with his brother and sister-in-law and reluctantly decided to cancel the gathering. With covid-19 numbers increasing and the risk of spreading the virus skyrocketing because of theContinue reading “Blue Ridge Idyll”

Shining a Light on the Maine Coast

Happy National Lighthouse Day! In honor of the occasion, here is a photo I took a few years ago of Nubble Light, in York, Maine, officially called the Cape Neddick Light Station. A nubble is a knob or lump, and refers here to the lumpy rock of the cape where the station sits. We sawContinue reading “Shining a Light on the Maine Coast”

Photo Friday: Tangier Crab Pots

This week’s featured photo is one I took last month on tiny Tangier Island, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay. Tangier Island, currently about three miles long and a mile and a half wide, is sinking while the waters of the Bay rise around it. The island has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, andContinue reading “Photo Friday: Tangier Crab Pots”

No More Quarantine

Beginning Monday, England is lifting its quarantine rules for incoming vaccinated travelers from the U.S.! Wales has just announced that it’s following suit. This means that Americans traveling there will have to provide proof of vaccination and pass a covid test before traveling and a few days after arriving, but will not have to stayContinue reading “No More Quarantine”

Photo Friday: Cock of the Walk

As we walked back from the beach on Tangier Island last week, I spotted this magnificent rooster. He sat on the front porch railing of a small white house, watching the road as if he owned it. Suddenly, he fluffed out his feathers in a rather disturbing way. After another minute, he crowed, letting usContinue reading “Photo Friday: Cock of the Walk”

Cornwall Question Mark

The United Kingdom released its revised pandemic travel restrictions today, and they don’t help us at all! We’re planning an October trip to Britain — specifically southern Wales, Cornwall, and a few other spots in southwestern England. When we booked, we knew the U.K. had travel restrictions in place, requiring Americans to quarantine for tenContinue reading “Cornwall Question Mark”

Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill

What sign marks the end of the summer for you? It used to be Labor Day, because my son always started back to school the next day. Now that he’s in college, he’ll start earlier, so I guess it’s the now the third week of August that marks the end of the season in myContinue reading “Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill”

Island Adventure: the Kindness of Strangers

Last week we visited Tangier Island, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay. I’ll write another post about our time on the island once I have my photos uploaded. But right now, I want to write about car trouble. The plan was for my mother to drive up to our house last Tuesday morning. That afternoon, weContinue reading “Island Adventure: the Kindness of Strangers”

Back to the Mainland

We are home! We left town Wednesday, way later than planned, and spent the weekend on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. In the past four days we faced a tropical storm, car trouble, shuttered restaurants, speeding golf carts, really bad wifi and cell service, and a deplorable lack of vegetables. WeContinue reading “Back to the Mainland”