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Needle in a Haystack

Somewhere in this maternity hospital on a warm and dry July day in St. Andrews, Scotland, Brian came into the world.   A little more than eight years later on an even warmer October day in Hayward, CA, USA, Peg was born in this building.   Five states, two countries, three marriages, four kids and […]

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The Little Admiral - The Clocks of York

York’s Little Admiral

There are dozens of clocks throughout York, but this one is my favorite. The bracket is more ornate than most, and who can resist that little Admiral? How can you not love him? Iron up to the knees with a carved mahogany body, he’s been standing on top of that clock since John Agar put […]

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Ye Olde Starre Inne - York, England

One of the Ghosts of York

York, England is considered the most haunted city in the whole of the UK. With over five hundred recorded hauntings, it is even considered by some to be the most haunted city in the entire world. I knew this before we went, and while I was looking around every quiet corner and hoping to catch […]

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Visit Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, UK

Am I Really Standing at Stonehenge?

Why hello! I’m sure I only have about two readers left after my brief-ish hiatus from blogging (hi mom!), so I hope the long wait was worth it. I figured I’d come back with a post about a BIG DEAL. OK, maybe not a big deal to you, but a really big deal to me. […]

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Ponte Torta in Jundiai, SP, Brazil

365 Photo Project – Week 23

We’re twenty three weeks into the year. How did that happen? It’s June already and my brain is telling me it should be getting warmer. It should be summer but it’s not. It’s winter here in the southern hemisphere. It’s one of those things that I could never wrap my mind around, this switch of […]

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365 Photo Project – Week 17

I spend a lot of my time walking while I explore Jundiai. It’s a very walkable city, with (mostly) decent sidewalks, a lot of tall buildings for reference, and a downtown area that was laid out in a grid system. So far I’ve only gotten lost once, and even then I still had a good […]

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On the Roman Frontier – Segedunum in Wallsend

The town of Wallsend in northern England is so called because it was literally the end of Hadrian’s Wall, which was built on the edge of the Roman frontier to keep the picts out of their hard won territory. It was less of a battle line than a migration deterrent, but it’s actual purpose is […]

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A Walk Around the Bailey in Durham England

A Walk Around the Bailey in Durham England

What’s a girl to do when her daughter is visiting from the steaming south of Texas and they want to explore a new part of England, but it’s so cold outside that they can see the ice crystals floating in a kind of frozen mist? I’ve learned quickly that if you let the bad weather […]

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OMG, Do You Know How Old That Is?!

After spending the majority of six months in and around Newcastle, I have almost stopped gawking and shouting, “Good lord! That is a THOUSAND YEARS OLD.” Almost. I am an American from California living in the UK. An expat who married someone from a different culture and country that the one I came from. Our […]

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St. Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle Upon Tyne

Right in the heart of Newcastle sit the historical foundations of the city. As the name of the city implies, there is indeed a “new” castle here. It was built by Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror, in 1080 and even by British standards I think that qualifies as “old”. Just a very short […]

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The Highest Point in Central Edinburgh

At the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh sits a massive church tower. It is the closest of the large churches to the castle itself, and it’s spire is the highest point in central Edinburgh. Such a stunning and romantic building doesn’t quite fit its name. It is simply… The Hub. Built between 1842 […]

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George Heriot’s School – The Inspiration for Hogwarts

Seen here from the roof of Ediburgh’s Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile, it’s easy to understand how this 400 year old school inspired JK Rowling to create a magical school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Most of us know that Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book while staying warm in the Elephant Cafe in […]

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Edinburgh’s Charming Hidden Cafe

Speaking of Edinburgh, I have to tell you about a little hidden cafe my daughter and I stumbled into.   We were looking for a coffee shop where we could warm up our hands and find a bite to eat, but wanted to stay away from the big chains which seem to be on every […]

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Setting Foot on the Isle of May

Half way around the Isle of May we pulled into the little harbor on the North Sea side of the island.   Brian and Tam had held back as long as they could, and finally had their fun by jumping in the water. In February. In the North Sea.   I, however, am not a […]

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The Shetland Museum and The Jarl Squad

  During the day of Up Helly Aa there is a break in the festivities between the morning procession and the torch procession after dark. The Jarl Squad is making its way through the town, stopping in to several local schools and official buildings as part of their duties of the day. While they’re about […]

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Up Helly Aa 2013 – The Junior Squad

And here you were thinking we were so crazy to be out in the frozen hurricane for the Up Helly Aa torch procession? Is it bad enough that we braved the wind and rain to see a bunch of Vikings burn down a ship? Would you think less of me if I told you we […]

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The Up Helly Aa Torch Procession – 2013

So remember how I was telling you about the beautiful weather during the Vikings’ morning procession for Up Helly Aa? And we were so happy to see clear skies with nearly no wind? And how we thought it would be a beautiful night for the torch procession that evening? Ya, no. That didn’t happen. Instead, […]

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Raby Castle

  Do you know how much I love just stumbling across ancient castles all over the UK? Every time we get in the car and go for a drive we see at least one. They usually pop up unexpectedly around a bend in the road when we’re out in the country, just like this one […]

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Keep Calm and Go to the Book Store

You’ve seen them. We’ve all seen them. Keep calm and eat cookies. Keep calm and kill zombies. Keep calm and call your mom. Keep calm and hakuna matata. But do you know the story? How these posters became a viral meme? It all started with a train station.   The train station in Alnwick, England […]

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On the Roman Frontier – Vindolanda Fort in Northumberland

You know all that English and Scottish history I keep talking about? There is just no escaping it. We see it when we walk through every city, drive every country road, and climb every hill. We stumble across it even when we’re not looking for it. Want job security? Become an archaeologist. There will never […]

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