England 2022, The Last Post (a review of The Caledon Guesthouse)

- The Caledon Guesthouse Drumroll please... this is it, my final post from the epic series: "Derek and Rebekah's Great Adventure in the UK." Unless, that is, something else comes up that absolutely begs to be shared! Earlier in the week I posted my Airbnb review, offering high praise to our cottage rental in Camber …

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Mr. T. (and his posse) Rides the Train

If you want to see a three-year-old boy extremely happy, and engaged, and curious, and excited, and mouth hanging open filled with wonderment... then hook him up with the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Light Railway (15-inch gauge steam train). Rebekah and I had planned the ride as one of the "must do" events for this …

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Our Airbnb, incinerating food, and social protocol

https://videopress.com/v/KZStihQq?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true - it's a little breezy at the beach! So far it looks as if our accommodations will work beautifully. Lots of space, a decent kitchen, livable (not staged for designer chic), an upstairs suite where Rebekah and I can hide, and a five-minute walk over the dunes to the beach. We will know for …

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Boutique hotels and giant ships – the Savannah waterfront!

Savannah! How have I lived in the Southeastern United States for the past 44 years and not have been here before? What a cool city! Rebekah and I will definitely have to return in the fall or the spring for several days of relaxation and exploration. This was the end of our short vacation, introducing …

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Summer Heat – and Celebrating the Day

This is the day the Lord acted;    we will rejoice and celebrate in it!Psalm 118:24 Happy July, everyone! For "Photo Friday" this week I'll just refer everyone back to "June in 30 Pictures" from yesterday. The gallery turned out to be a wonderful pictorial journey through the beginning of Summer 2022. Summer - especially July, August, and September …

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Sunday my heart was torn – but also filled with peace

- last view from Wild Bird I was not nearly ready to leave the mountains Sunday morning. But Rebekah and I needed to make our way to Washington for a family funeral, and we did enjoy beautiful scenery all along the way. We left our peaceful retreat at Wild Bird fairly early, making our way …

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Tall stories, gem mining, mud, and fun

She is more precious than jewels;And nothing you desire compares with her. - Proverbs 3:15 Question: What do you get when you add a remote location, a flume, a bucket-load of clay, a lot of water, tall stories, a sieve, a bunch of fun, and wildly imaginative optimism together? Answer: More mud, more fun, buckets …

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A deep breath in the North Carolina mountains

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;    I will be exalted among the nations,    I will be exalted in the earth.”11 The Lord Almighty is with us;    the God of Jacob is our fortress.Psalm 46:10-11 Big deep breath. Here we go. Take it in. Let it out. And another. Yes. I can almost taste the sweetness. Mountain air is so …

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Finding a pressure washer… and my happy place

"What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open." - Jose Manuel Barroso (Portuguese politician) Yesterday, rummaging through the garage (because that is what one does on a staycation), we unearthed our son-in-law Craig's pressure washer. I think I may have found my happy place! It was actually Rebekah who did the legwork, …

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