one last ride…

Before leaving our friends’ home in England, Mark got to ride The Macmobile.  The Morgan.  What a neat car.

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Thank you Mac.  It was awesome!

‘Til next time.

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Today…

 

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“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo EmersonCollected Poems and Translations

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last week…

DSC_0005 copy… was cold.  Really cold.  But not as cold as back East.  We had freezing rain, some snow, but ice and frozen plants for few days.  We are not used to that, but I like it.  It made everything look really pretty and sparkly. DSC_0006 copy DSC_0015 copy DSC_0018 copy DSC_0009 copy… we had a snow day.  Well, it was a no-snow snow day.  It was freezing rain instead, but no school for anybody.  But Mark (as many other teachers I am sure) still had to grade.  It was more of a “catch-up-for-teachers (no) school day.” DSC_0002 copy … we went to the first of the two fairs we’ll go to.  It was so much fun. More on this later, because it is such a big piece in our learning adventure. … we’ve been making.  For the fair but also for presents.  I love this time of the year. … I noticed the squirrels are going crazy around here.  Not sure if it’s the bird seeds, the apples, and/or everything else.  But they are enjoying themselves in our backyard.  And I do really like it that they re eating all those last apples from our trees that have fallen with all the winds we’ve had.  I am so glad they can enjoy them. DSC_0010 copy … I noticed my desk is back in use… here on a good day (read, not as messy.) DSC_0022 copy … three of us got a cold that has been sticking with us.  More elderberry syrup was made, honey and tea were on the counter.  I think we are on the mend now. I hope so. … Mark finished cleaning the garden.  It’s been out to bed.  What a year we had. … I saw this article with the beautiful Tower of London and the almost 900,000 ceramic red poppies, a Memorial to the First World War.  This would be amazing to see, I am sure.

Photo from this website.

Photo from this website.

… overheard my kids playing with some friends and someone saying “isn’t this just amazing?”  Not sure what they were playing, or what was happening specifically.  But I know it was on their LegoLand that they’ve been creating homes, and a fair, and roller coaster, and lots of other things.  But I really love how they are so proud of their work (of days!) and how their ideas have come to specifics in real (Lego) life, and that they obviously love their playing. They remind me that I need to say that more often. Because life, just being here right now, and all the things that I am living, who I am with, what e are doing, is just amazing. … we had some playing with friends. DSC_0008 copy … Mark brought this dessert for us to share.  Huge, I mean, huge cinnamon rolls that are plenty to share between four people.  They are so good. If you are in the area and heading to the coast, do stop by. DSC_0065 copy   … our favorite 3 year old came for a visit, and while they waited for dinner to be ready, they did some practicing on swimming and diving. DSC_0054 copy DSC_0058 copy DSC_0061 copy DSC_0053 copy   Yes! Did you notice my Sting pillow? I was cleaning some drawers the other day and found this pillow case I had when I was in high school.  I never thought I’d use it in my bed 30 years later, but my mom brought it to me few years ago (when she was cleaning her closets) so I have to put it out once in a while, right?  The kids keep asking me why I have it. 

… I received an email from a dear friend who I cherish.  She and her family are so special, so very sweet, an amazing and beautiful example of so many things.  I love every comment she does on this blog and every time her emails come to my inbox and all of her stories (in person… let’s not forget those, they are the best ones!) they make me smile.

She sent me an email last week and said:  “You definitely have something special going on with the way you are educating your children, family and friends.”  It makes me feel so good and I really hope I am making and sharing something good into this world.  And especially for the people around me that I love.  Thank you Kelly, you are so sweet.  You made my day.

… I realized the days are passing too fast.  They do.  We have lots of fun planned ahead of us in the next few weeks, but I want to enjoy every day as they are coming.  As we have them.  I am so enjoying the happenings and adventures of each day.  I don’t want to forget.DSC_0016 copy

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” ― Walt Whitman

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meals overseas

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I didn’t get to take pictures of everything we ate, and I wish I would have done a little more.  Our friends cooked delicious meals, every single time.  And I’ve written a bit about that, but still… we remember with such a special heart our days spent with them, and meals were so delicious and we were thankful for everything they cooked for us, and for sharing all their early produce from their beautiful garden… it was such a treat to spend time with them.

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Handmade pasta.

We met for lunch with their friends.  We had dinner at their house with many of their friends and their sons.  What a treat it was.

DSC_0609 copySuch a beautiful, wonderful family.

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We are lucky to have them in our lives.  Thank you for your friendship and for everything.

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where we stayed last summer

DSC_0351 copyAt our friends house in England, this summer we got to spend over 5 weeks traveling and seeing amazing things and people.  Our friends have this barn were they made it a home for us.

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DSC_0365 copy DSC_0366 copyWe got visited by the feathery friends on their way back and forth.

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And sometimes they visited us inside too.

DSC_0130 copy DSC_0125 copyThis is the view of the road from the window.  It is so quiet and peaceful. DSC_0122 copy DSC_0120 copy DSC_0003 copyIt was having a whole house to ourselves.

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At the end of the day we got to spend some time catching up on football games (it was the World Cup weeks after all) or maybe watch an episode of an old Survivor show we took borrowed from our library.

But for the most part, we spent our time outside.  There was so much beauty and fun things to do besides hanging out with and hopefully help out our friends in some of their chores around the house and garden.

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A beautiful place indeed.

 

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Ironbridge, Shropshire in England

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Ironbridge, the town, takes its name from the famous first arch Iron Bridge ever built.  It says “Birth Place of Industry.”

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We took a little walk and that town, as most places we visited in England last summer, stole my heart.  Such a beautiful place, with nature and beauty all around.

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DSC_0597 copyPork skins.  You gotta eat them warm.

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DSC_0602 copy DSC_0603 copy DSC_0604 copy DSC_0605 copy DSC_0606 copy DSC_0600 copy DSC_0601 copyYup!  We had to go back to try something else.  So, so good!

 

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The organ concert at Ellesmere College

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We headed one day to Ros’s old job, the school where she taught for years, to an Organ concert.   DSC_0613 copy DSC_0630 copy DSC_0619 copy DSC_0638 copy DSC_0614 copyA beautiful organ, the sound, the sight.  Amazing.

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Now I leave you with Siena’s favorite, from Star Wars.

 

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