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In The Pipeline, Railway Man, Pot of Tea

In The Pipeline

Have you had a good week? And more importantly, are you looking forward to the weekend? Mine will probably be pretty low key. I’m in the middle of reading The Railway Man and hoping to finish it up. Also, I am making a cake for a bake-off that Mary Polly and her friends at church …

In The Pipeline, #48walks

In The Pipeline + #48walks

Hello Friday! I cannot tell you how glad I am going to be to see February (and winter) in my rear view mirror. I know I still have lots of gray weather in the days ahead but the evenings are stretching out longer. It just feels better. Like moving forward. Into the light. For February …

In The Pipeline

In The Pipeline: First Six Months In Scotland

Y’all, we have been in Scotland for six months now! How did that happen so fast? To celebrate, I thought I would list my five favorite days out in beautiful Scotland! We’ve had some good ones for sure! Dunnottar Castle Highland Getaway North Sea Walk Castle Fraser Bennachie More Links!

In The Pipeline + Keep on Walkin’

Y’all the walking is happening. #48walks and then some. And do you know what? I LOVE IT! Seriously, every time I get a little notification that someone tagged a walk, it reminds  me to go for a walk, and more importantly, it makes me smile. I hope you feel the same way friends. Here are …

Snapshots of Edinburgh, Day Trips, Scotland

In The Pipeline

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week. I had coffee with strangers no less than THREE TIMES this week. Y’all, that is a really lot of getting out of the house and chitty chatting for this introvert. I feel certain I will make up for it by not meeting anyone new for a …

In The Pipeline

Fractures of light on the edges of the clouds. I’m always watching for it. The light. Watching my boys taste tiramisu for the first time. Getting a letter in the mail. Light. I’ve been meditating on the idea of light in the darkness this week. For me, often darkness = depression + despair. Which is …

In The Pipeline, Chinos in Cartoon Form, Hannah Alexander Carpenter

In The Pipeline, Brought to You by the Number 5

Friends! How these first days of January have flown by! Confession: I have not left the house this week except to go to church and to walk to and from school. And I am still not caught up! But it’s time to throw off the PJ pants and head out into the world because it …

In The Pipeline, Little Advent Tealights, Silver Branches

In The Pipeline: Christmas Links

Last weekend, Taido and I went downtown by ourselves and we walked up and down Union Street and did just a tiny bit of shopping. Mostly we just enjoyed looking at the lights that are making Aberdeen’s city center shine so bright! LOVE! Then we went to a pub, where I had an ale that …

In the Pipeline, December in Aberdeen, Scotland

In The Pipeline

This is my view at 3pm every day right now. Dark, wet city from underneath an umbrella. I’m the only person carrying an umbrella. Most people do not bother because of a little thing called Gale Force Winds. I had no idea what those were until this week when the windows were rattling in the …

Cauliflower Pie, In The Pipeline

In The Pipeline

Writing is wretched, discouraging, physically unhealthy, infinitely frustrating work. And when it all comes together it’s utterly glorious. Ralph Peters Yep. That’s pretty much how I feel. I did not make my goal of 50000 words for NaNoWriMo, but I have over 36000 words, and more importantly, I am really beginning to see the project …

Steps to Grandmother's Homemade Rolls, Thanksgiving, Christmas

In The Pipeline

Tis the season for homemade rolls, friends! I promise rave reviews if you make my Grandmother’s homemade rolls for your Thanksgiving dinner! Also, I would suggest blackberry pie. Or apple. If you want to make your pie crust beautiful, you can go all the way back to 1959 for inspiration. If you are worrying about …

Barclays Bikes In London, In The Pipeline

In The Pipeline

Welcome to In The Pipeline, the most random feature going here at the Chino House. One part news, one part links and one part blatant self-promotion. It’s the weekend though, so let’s celebrate by wearing warm slippers and trying not to cry when the sun goes down at 4:30pm. Just me? Ok. Also I am …

In The Pipeline, Red leaf gray rock

In The Pipeline

Has the weather turned cold where you are? I’ve been making lots of soup to keep warm! This time next month we’ll be walking to school before the sun rises and home from school after it sets. Yikes! Some news from this week: WE SOLD OUR HOUSE IN ARKANSAS! (Super Exciting, y’all!!) No more paying …

Chinos In Scotland, Brig O Balgownie, Aberdeen, In The Pipeline

In The Pipeline

This ancient bridge crosses over the River Don, on the north side of Aberdeen. It’s called the Brig O Balgownie, and it’s over 800 years old. We walked there on a rare sunny afternoon while we have been out of school. A few links for your weekend: I finished up all my posts about Ireland …

Potatoes, Tattie Holidays

In The Pipeline

So we’re enjoying/slodging through (depending on who you talk to) our two week long Tattie Holidays.  Some of us might be composing a letter in our heads that goes something like this, Dear Scotland, Your Tattie Holidays are TOO LONG.  Sincerely, The Mother of Grumpy Teenagers.  Actually there have been some great moments of exploring …

AlisonChino.com, Love, Munro Bagging, Scotland, In The Pipeline

In The Pipeline

It’s been almost a week since I was in Ireland, and I think I am almost caught up on laundry. I’ve been going through pictures and notes, catching up on email and life here in Aberdeen. But we’ve managed to sneak away for a hike in the woods, walks to the park, a night of …

Ireland, Green, Donegal

In The Pipeline + Ireland Research

Happy Weekend! I’m wrapping up what has been an amazing week in Ireland! Can’t wait to share all about it next week! For now, here are some of the many spots on the Internet I found helpful while I was researching for my time in this beautiful country! Have you been to Ireland!? I would …

In The Pipeline, Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, Week 4, Chinos To Scotland

In The Pipeline

Welcome to the sometimes weekly edition of In The Pipeline, where I list stuff I like on the internet and tell you what’s coming down the pipe at the Chino House. So, most exciting bit of news this week?  I DROVE TO THE STORE AND BACK AND NO ONE DIED! Seriously, y’all.  Driving on the …