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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ballooning Over Africa

by Mauverneen  
Approaching storm - Kenya
We almost didn’t go. The thought of getting up at dawn didn’t sound very appealing at the moment and my daughter and I debated whether it would really be worth it. We had scheduled an early morning balloon ride but we’d had a couple of very full days on our safari and now we were tired. We had seen so much – lions hunting, hippos bathing in the river right outside our tents, stately giraffes sauntering across the landscape, the wildebeest crossing – how much better could it get?  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


The view of Tenby from my parking spot
by Mauverneen

One of my favorite spots in Wales was the town of Tenby and nearby Caldey Island. I was spending a week driving through Wales, and those were two stops on my itinerary.

Tenby is a lovely old seaside town with remnants of its Medieval walls, sandy beaches (I had been told in Cardiff that Tenby had the best beaches), colorful buildings and wonderful shopping, along with some gorgeous coastal views. As always, I wished I had more time to spend there.
Early morning in Tenby, Wales

Tuesday, March 12, 2013



It’s misty and rainy as I write this but last year was very dry so I’m thankful for the rain.

Rainy days and Mondays don’t always get me down – generally they just put me in mind of other times, other places I’ve been in this kind of weather. I often joke - when it rains for days on end - that I should move to Seattle. The weather may be soggy there too but at least the view is better.

Clouds touching the ground
It was a wet, rainy August day as I drove through the Brecon Beacons in Wales with low, rolling patches of gray clouds interrupting the view.