The Magnificent River Douro

We spent our 26th wedding anniversary sailing the River Douro in Portugal.  Naturally, when in Portugal, you have to taste the Port.

Oh, it’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it.

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A New Year’s Day Walk

Yesterday was a beautiful day so, having donned some boots and a warm waterproof coat, I decided to take the dog for a long walk.   To be honest I didn’t expect the world and her husband to be out at the same time but no matter, there’s plenty of room out on the fell.

Our little town is built at the foot of a steeply climbing ridgemail,  from the top of which are some of the most spectacular views.  It’s a fairly long and steep climb up to the top, and one soon leaves the town behind. 

Along the way we met an orienteering group, families with small children, lots of dogs with their own servants (we servants exchanged our own greetings whilst our owners allowed us a breather before hurrying us along).

The views opened out as we climbed ever higher – though the light seemed to be fading slightly.  At the top I looked around the vast empty expanse – and realised that I was the only person still up there!  Time to head back for home. We’d been out for almost 2 hours and walked and climbed a fair few miles.

On the way back down, right at the edge of civilisation, is a lovely old house which has the most amazing views over the bay.  It also has a beautiful old door which leads, I can only assume, into the garden.  It obviously hasn’t been used for many years.  The timbers are old and rotting, but I often fantasise about what could lie behind this old door – what it hides or protects.   I’ve no idea who lives there, but I envy them this little slice of heaven.

Yay, faster broadband at last!

Today we took delivery of our new broadband router – one which heralds dizzying broadband speeds for us.  Having lived for so long with a snail pace speed of around 6Mbps we are to receive around 38 Mbps.   This amazing leap into modernity will happen at some unspecified time tomorrow.

Will it change our lives?  No, I don’t think so.  Will it make everyday living a little more comfortable ?  Nope, can’t say that it will.  So why am I so happy about it?  Well, because it means our little town, in the almost wild far north of England (at least as far as our government seems to view us) has, at last, caught up with modernity.  For now anyway.

Back to posting

Now that NaNoWriMo is finished for this year I can, at last, get back to writing about other things which have been on my mind for a while.  During November I managed to plot out another two novels – nothing grand, just basic plots, one of which has a time-slip theme.  The problem is I want to start writing it now, before I’ve even started to work on reading through the first draft of the novel I’ve just spent a month pushing out of my head!

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I’m still here – honest I am

I’ve just realised it’s been a week since I last posted, so I thought it was high time I brought you up to date on everything.
I’ve had a busy week, working, cooking, cleaning – the usual, but the weekend – well that’s where it all got interesting for Hubbie and myself.
For the past couple of weeks we have been waiting to hear whether or not we had been successful in adopting a new furry baby. This weekend we had our home check and, as all went swimmingly, we had a phone call an hour later asking when we would like to collect said furry baby. To say we were over the moon would be an understatement. We were ecstatic. We dropped everything and made the 90 minute journey to the rescue centre so that we could spend some valuable time with her this weekend.
We are now the proud parents of a 5 year old lab/collie cross girlie called Mischa. What a little treasure she is. I haven’t yet managed to take a decent photo of her as the weather has been pretty awful and the daylight so short. I’ll post one as soon as I can snap a good one.
I also managed to complete 51,000 words for NaNo by late afternoon today. I’ll keep writing until I finish the full first draft but I’m so relieved that I’ve managed to meet the official target. This week I haven’t been able to keep to my writing schedule at all, with three full days of no words added at all. Still, a week to go and I know I’ll finish it. Just need to verify my word count on the NaNoWriMo site now – once I’ve figured out how to do it 🐶

Writing 101: Cafe Blog

Breakfast, coffee and a chat this morning Costa Coffee 9am: will keep a seat for you

Hi, pull up a chair and sit down, coffee’s on its way.  Why breakfast in Costa’s?  Well, primarily because we’ve run out of everything in our holiday cottage food-wise and don’t want to buy any more as we’re heading home tomorrow.  Costa’s was the first place we found that served food and I was hungry – I don’t do hungry very well.  We’d already tried one of those places attached to the likes of Premier Inns or Travel Lodges on the way in, but it was totally locked up – lights on and no-one at home!  Thought we’d stop off here then make our way into King’s Lynn as we want to see the reconstruction of the Sea Henge at Lynn Museum.  We had a good look round Lynn on Wednesday, found our way to the quay and walked along, took lots of photos (almost all of them concerning buildings), and completely forgot about the museum.

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