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Life goes at 4 miles an hour...


...in a narrow boat. I've seen ducks swim faster! We stopped at this pub last Sunday which was right on the canal and watched in awe as two boats entered the lock, sealed off one end and opened the paddles at the other end to fill the lock with enough water so they could sail on. For the record, this particular lock is inscribed 1856. The occupants of the boats were two retired couples who informed us that they will be living on their boats until the Winter, exploring England's waterways (and keeping the ducks company).Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Bayeux Cathedral


We managed to see the Bayeux Tapestry on our recent trip and found the experience incredibly moving. A pictorial description of events leading up to the Battle of Hastings, I would urge parents to show their kids this masterpiece of nearly 70 meters of cloth embroidered in wool and which is almost 1,000 years old! Today's fads and fashion will not endure as long, of that you can be sure. I wonder if computers and technology will be here in another 1,000 years; think about the detritus of obsolete computers and smartphones and where they will end up. Eventually the world will be a garbage dump and many species will become extinct. Seeing ancient works of art reminds us of the inevitability of...
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Look away in order to understand - Socrates


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A Symbol of Eternity


Saint Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches, founded Mont St Michel in 708 after having been visited in his dreams three times by the angel, Saint Michel (Michael, the most glorious prince of the heavenly armies). Today it is France's third most visited site receiving 3.5 million tourists per year.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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You lost, Rikki and Sita.


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The country where my soul will always belong.


Beautiful, poetic, delicious France. The greatest love of my life. And here I am currently on a well deserved break.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Better than TV


I've lived without a TV for over a decade. Apart from refusing to contribute to the outrageous salaries of BBC staff, I object to being told what to think. What and how I think is the last true freedom I have. Not being glued to a television means I can read, cook delicious meals from scratch  walk my dogs for hours on end, listen to some snappy guitar playing and enjoy after supper scrabble. We argue and laugh a lot playing scrabble and we're happier for it.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Beautiful England


A day of point to point with the Bicester Hunt with the Whaddon Chase.Playing with the hunting hounds.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Brrrrr...


Frosty nights these days. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Pub which has been serving since 1620


As we continue exploring British pubs, this charming coach inn in Althorp has been serving thirsty punters since 1620. These photos are of the summer room overlooking the garden.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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This is what 55 looks like


No botox, no hair dye, no bullshit, just a good diet, long walks to overcome bad memories, a full time job and two fingers to anyone who has pissed me off. Life is short. Be yourself and enjoy getting older.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Life starts here...


Pity the kids trapped in urban ghettos or parents too uptight to let their darlings catch a few germs. In my garden today, I lay on the grass endlessly fascinated by this:Frog spawn. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Spring lambs


On my morning walk at the farm. How beautiful to see the Spring lambs. Their days are numbered of course but I respect the farmer's way of life.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Sunday Supper


Instead of potatoes with everything, why not replace them with vegetables? This was our supper last night: roast duck served with a medley of roasted root vegetables (cauliflower, beetroot, garlic). Everything cooked in the oven while we argued over Scrabble. A shaving of Parmesan on the vegetables added another layer of flavour.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Spring has sprung


The first lambs have been born, the birds are mating, the trees are coming into leaf.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Discovering a new pub every weekend...


My paramour and I visit a different pub every weekend. If you want to experience the authentic British way of life, stop at a country pub. There's more to England than London. Country pubs are the local haunt to watch football, catch up with mates and just relax. Pubs can be hundreds of years old and offer a slice of our history where generations of proper blokes have been downing bitter in the winter and lager in the summer. If you're not a local, you'll stick out like a sore thumb (especialy if you order a latte and avocado on toast) but you'll always be welcomed with open arms. And if you misbehave, they'll stick you in the pillory.Photos copyright  SvD.Original link
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Sleepy on mum's lap


Jack Russell adorability.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Beautiful Padstow


If you haven't visited Cornwall, give it a go. Padstow is very bourgeois with lovely pubs, art galleries, restaurants, bakeries, a mecca for Rick Stein fans, and interesting bric-à-brac shops surrounding the harbour. Our two doggies had a whale of a time at the water's edge. Enjoy life. Live for today.Original link
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Love in a cold climate...


And snow on the beach!Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Fistral Beach, Cornwall


A part of our green and pleasant land I had not experienced before, the world famous surfers' paradise.. Mild 6 degrees Celsius in January but raining, of course. Hardy surfers weren't deterred though...Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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