As I have been recapping my summer travels, you might have noticed that I skipped something when I went from Paris to our trip home through the Lake District. I skipped about four weeks that we spent in Switzerland. I have been saving it, holding it in my hands and heart like a precious gem, not sure how to share it. This is the best way I know how to begin. When we were planning to move to Scotland last year, I had a picture in my mind of what our new life would look like. I had conjured a … Continue reading
There’s a reason the Lake District has inspired poets and wanderers for so many years. We fell in love on our first visit last October, and I have been watching for an opportunity to return. When we mapped our route home from Switzerland and decided that I would be at the wheel from London to Aberdeen, I spotted my window. I would break the journey at Windermere. The kids and I stayed two nights at the YHA hostel so that we could get in a proper walk in the area. We asked for recommendations from our lovely hosts, who gave … Continue reading
I’m off tomorrow for Arkansas. I could not be more excited y’all. There will be all kinds of ridiculous-ness and I’m sure I will cry at least once every day. When I get back I am setting off on the Coast to Coast Walk with my friend Diane and Macs Adventure. So I will be a little MIA in September, but not to worry, I have been saving the most magical part of our summer to share with you next month. September will be all about Switzerland. Also in lieu of my usual Pipeline in September, I will be doing … Continue reading
I’m picking right up where I left off in last week’s post. Leaving London. We landed in Paris, went through customs and took the train into town, arriving at our apartment to meet our host at 11pm. We all chose beds and fell quickly into them. It was Saturday night, and there was lots of activity on the streets. I flung open the windows of my room so I could fall asleep to the noises of Paris. For a while I could hear singing and then a voice from a building somewhere above me yelled at the revelers to be … Continue reading
On our way home this summer, three of the kids and I were camping at Aldenham Country Park for Blogstock, a blogging festival. The kids discovered that Winnie the Pooh’s home was just behind the field where we were staying, and they could not wait to show me. So we wandered off one evening into the 100 Acre Wood. Or 100 Aker Wood? We found our way to Owl’s Tree house and Eeyore’s house. There was even a bridge for playing Pooh Sticks. And after we re-discovered the North Pole, we walked to Rabbit’s House. I guess everyone was tired … Continue reading
I have a secret to tell you about the Louvre Museum in Paris. I know what you’re thinking. How can anyone possibly discover anything new about the Louvre that has not already been covered ad nauseum on the internet? And maybe you are right. But I had done my homework before going to the Louvre. Not the homework about what is actually inside the Louvre. I mean, I know that is important and all but hello, OVERWHELMING. No, what I mean is that I had done my homework about the best way to get into the Louvre. The best time … Continue reading
My SIL Whitney blogged about this walk last week, so I’m counting it as one of my #48walks. It’s a walk I’ve already done this year, but it was fun to do it in a new season and with our cousins, and it’s been such a delight to see Scotland through Whitney’s lens as she has been sharing photos. I feel like I have been taking mental notes about places I wanted to show my family and friends for a year. What a joy it was to cross some off the list. Of course, they will have to come back … Continue reading
I have to say, even with the rain, it’s been lovely to be back in Aberdeen, especially now that we have a week of school under our belts. Catching up with friends, being back at our church and returning to the rhythm of daily writing without constant interruption has been wonderful. Also every time I have to put on another layer I just smile because in a week I’ll be wearing sundresses in Arkansas. After a quick stop in Little Rock, I’m headed to Fayetteville for the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference. (Are you going? If so I wrote you a … Continue reading
When Simon, Ben and I left Aberdeen at the beginning of July with Peter and Whitney and our cousins, we stopped first in London. It was the boys’ first trip to London, and so we had a list full of what we hoped were kid-friendly places to go.
In celebration of the fact that we have now been in Scotland for one year, here’ s a quick look back at the last twelve months of life at the Chino House.