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Solstice Card Photo Shoot: Cliveden House, Maidenhead, England

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Cliveden House is a very nice place for a walk outside.  We were on a quest to make some photos for our solstice card.  We did it!

Romey walks the grounds.

Noel plays the part

 

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Location one

The one below is the one we chose for the front.

Noel and Romey way up there.

Location two.

Here is the shot we chose for the back of our card.

A Walking Tour of Bath

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Some pictures taken during a brief two hour walking tour of Bath.  Fred Mawer is an exceptional tour guide even by blue badge tour standards.  Highly recommended.

Romey and I felt a little like this seagull who scored a huge piece of bread.

We started at the Royal Crescent hotel, about which more here.

Somehow it seems to me that these trees should be oaks instead of sycamores.  But they are properly regal and huge, centering the Bath Circus.

Architectural details make all the difference.  Speculative real estate development for the win.

All of the stone for these buildings is local, giving the town a unifying, opulent feeling.  The tea house.

We walked on the day that the Christmas market started.  Fred points out an old sign.

Apparently there is a cocktail scene.  We will have to come back and try it out.

Romey and Jane Austin.

Religion?  Justice?  Do not enter.  A conceptual collage.

The river Avon with some voiceover typical of our tour.

The cinema from Fantastic Mr Fox

All in all Bath is a beautiful place well worth a visit.  We can’t wait to return.

Moon Over Apothecary Shed

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Full Moon November 7, 2022

Ginko Yellow

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This is apparently the largest Ginko stand in North America, found at Blandy Experimenal Farm in Virginia.  We went during peak color change with Moonshine.

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The Apothecary Shed All Dressed up for Solstice

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Roast Beef in the Wolf

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The Viking gave out after 17 years.  Ridiculously, it took a year to replace.  Something about supply chain this.  Yadda yadda.  So, no more Vikings for me.  Instead, a Wolf.

The difference is night and day.  So much better!

The shiny oven gets broken in with a roast beast.  For recipe details see this entry.

The little one is ready.

Romey does the Julienne.

The beast!

Yorkshire resting.

Yorkshire under the beef.

In the drippings.

Pan gravy with the remaining drippings.

Beef resting

Perfection.

The crowd is restless and the kitchen smells great.

And then some broth from the bones.

 

 

 

Lets Almost Go See a Waterfall in Norway: Vettisfossen

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The day could not have been prettier.  Light rain, but gorgeous light.  And peak Fall leaves.  And waterfalls everywhere you look.  The funny thing is, though we hiked about 13km, we never made it to the big waterfall!  Ran out of light.

I guess we’ll just have to go back

THIS is not the one!  But look.  Spectacular does not even begin to describe this walk.

We had some very late lunch very near the top at an old farmstead and village.

The turn around point.

The Backyard (well, mountain) in Tyinkrysset

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Sometimes walking out the door and around back is the best way to hike.  We bushwhacked up through juniper and blueberry towards a small lake where fish are rumored to live.  Tyinkrysset, Norway is beautiful.

This little stream is just up the road a few hundred meters.

Here are some pictures of our walk in the mountains.


     

A view of the valley.

Chilly Romey.

Panorama

Our intrepid hosts at the top.  Our fearless leader Nova was dressed for the weather.

 

We love being in Norway.

Coffee and brown cheese?  Nova says yes.

   

Kongevegen, Norway Hiking and the Stave Church

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The trail, built by hand with horses and carts through steep mountain passes, is incredible.  Like a movie set.  This is one hike in Norway not to miss.  We did a few kilometers day hike to the Stave Church completed in the 1180s.

The Kings Road is what Kongevegen means, BTW.  The scenery at peak Fall is stunning and magical.

Romey and the logo bench.

 

Just up over the pass the first view of the Stave Church.

We approached from behind (with a herd of sheep).  These are not the sheep!

 

Our fearless leader Nova.

Don’t eat the mushrooms.

A quiet moment of conversation.

A boy and his dog!

An impressive waterfall on the drive home.

Coffee stop.

And back home for beer and a small fire.  This is the only kind of smoking that I like to do.

A Hike to the Backwards Waterfall

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It’s pretty far to get to the waterfall, and the directions are tricky.

Maybe it’s that way?

 

Should we follow the reindeer?

And you have to stop by the visitors center snack place where they have really nothing.  No coffee today, no waffles, nope, no water, sorry only candy made from juniper berries.

But there it is!  Upness in a waterfall.

OK.  Not the best waterfall in Norway, or really even the most interesting.  But there were reindeer!

 

Peekaboo romey.

On the way home we dreamed of bubbles.

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