Saturday, April 25, 2015

Goodbye garden. . . . . . . .

As much fun as it is to travel to far away places, leaving home has it downside.
For me waving goodbye to the garden is always hard. Having to say au revoir
when it's just starting to thrive in the warm springtime sunshine, brings a catch 
to my throat and even a tear to my eye as the car backs down the driveway.

Last weekend I picked parsley and scattered annual seeds. There will be no 
languishing at the garden centers this Spring, sighing over all those gorgeous 
pots of perennials just waiting for a garden spot. 

So right now the garden IS lovely, things are growing rapidly with April showers 
and warm sunshine. Although the azaleas are late this year they have bloomed and 
I've enjoyed them this past week before leaving. Above you can see the first fig
leaves appearing - by the time I return perhaps there will be tiny fruits.
The grass was mowed - hopefully it grows slowly. The neighbors will watch the 
cottage and hopefully the weather will be gentle whilst we're away, with just quiet 
breezes to blow the last of the pollen off the roof. 
I know it will look like a jungle when we return mid-May!

What do you miss most when leaving home for an extended trip?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On the way to Hungary. . . . . . . . .

We'll be flying away come Saturday. . . . . . . .and by Sunday 
evening will be ready for a good night's sleep here in the truly 
fabulous city of Budapest.

Image from my visit in October 2013

Looking across the River Danube from Buda to Pest.

via Viking River Cruises

From Hungary to Holland ~  and many beautiful places in-between.
'Postcards' from the rivers and roads later! 

As several of you have already figured out, we are thrilled to be 
meeting up with the wonderful Jane & Lance Hattat who live in Budapest.  
Prior to embarking the Viking Cruises riverboat the Aegir (Norse name
 meaning 'of the gods'), these fun Brits will show us parts of the city we 
missed on our last visit.

Some of you already follow their always interesting and erudite blog 
HATTAT - click here
There's great news on their current post . . . . . . Jane & Lance are soon
to become movie stars!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Let's go. . . . . . . . . .

I used this collage previously when leaving on another trip. 
I like it so much I'm posting it again. 
Actually it's because I don't have time to make another! 

Not going to Paris or Sweden, but will be on a wonderful river trip aboard a 
Viking river boat. These boats are often denoted as 'longships'. We embark our 
boat in beautiful Budapest, where first we'll meet up with some special blogging 
friends - can you guess who? 
Then we'll sail the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers, visiting Hungary, Slovakia, 
Austria, Germany and ending in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
We'll be a group of eleven friends - American, British/American, British and Canadian. 
We've traveled often together, thanks to Paula, who will be at helm - though 
hopefully not steering the boat, ha ha!

Travel Tips

Pack light
Make sure your shoes can handle cobble stones
Take a rain jacket and collapsible umbrella 
Protect that precious passport 
Buy travel insurance
Have a load of Fun

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