Posted in Food, rural life, Travel

Ancient Steps

Today, besides like 5000 miles (an exaggeration of course but it felt like it) in a car, we also took a few steps alongside the ancient

Hadrian’s wall.

The sheer size (117 km) and location (middle of nowhere really) of it make it quite a logistical accomplishment. It makes our rock walls look little but they had a legion of 80 men per section. This thing, in places, has stood the test of time since being completed in 128! That’s a legacy all right.

We had been to the wall in 1998 on our first trip with our children. I can remember them climbing up it and walking along it for quite a ways. We had also stopped at a old Roman fort site.

It was on our list to make a stop and so I picked a random spot off the map to have lunch and hike along it for a ways.

Our lunch spot was actually the old quarry site so it was a good hike to the top of the escarpment.

The vista at the top was worth it. Along the way we saw a couple of cool things.

I now want one of those stile gates as they are so easy but I digress. Off to the top for the vista.

It wasn’t a long stop and not a wordy blog post but it was the highlight of our long travel day.

Bernie

Posted in 1918 Eatons' House, garden, grandchild, Projects, Random ramblings

Summer Sunday Snap Chat

The calendar reminds me that the days are getting shorter. This wheat field is a visual that reinforces that. 

The sunshine hours are so precious and I’m always happy when I’m outside “puttering”. Both the veggie and the flower garden are a source of food and beauty. 

When I’m not puttering I’m usually beside the mason working on the rock wall. I have a love hate relationship with rocks because after three years of back and arm  strengthening work I’m like so “over it” but I can still see the beauty in the rocks. 

The beauty in the next picture is more than skin deep which is good because the skin is messy! First encounter with an Arrowroot  biscuit and while she really enjoyed it the result ensured a bath at Gran’s house.Whether it’s with the camera or your memory it’s good to focus on the positives and the beauty in life. It’s far too easy to get weighted down with all the negatives and the “busy”. 

Bernie 

Ps I know this isn’t snap chat but that’s what I called my little chat that went with the snapped pictures!