Open Road

WRITE OUTSIDE

 A blank page is like an open road– full of opportunities. ~ Cara Perciaccanto

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I had the pleasure of  listening to Terry Kay present at a writer’s seminar in Sylva, NC this past weekend. The sage author was full of helpful tips, witty banter and poignant one liners. The audience was sad to learn this would be his retirement speech, no more after our last class. When he signed his book for me, I told him I hated to hear him speak for the first time at his final speaking engagement. He said he was tired of hearing his own voice, and after seventeen books, there was little left to say.

I thought I’d share some of his quotes that stuck with me.

“I dont’ write to tell a story; I write to discover one.”

“If someone expresses faith in you, you have an obligation to…

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Canada Coast to Coast – Our 2017 Cross-Country Trip – I Want to Be Outdoors

Canada is an amazing country! In August of 2017, we packed up our campervan and drove across the country. We visited all 10 provinces, spending over a month on the road.

Source: Canada Coast to Coast – Our 2017 Cross-Country Trip – I Want to Be Outdoors

2018 Bucket List

(Planner is from Etsy)

Time is already moving so fast and I never really got the chance to sit down and really analyze all the things I wanted to do this year.

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Single-handed Circumnavigation

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François Gabart: French sailor slashes around the world solo record

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When I read this article, it took me right back to my time as a ten year-old when I lived in a fishing village in Berwickshire whose lifeline was the sea. In Eyemouth, everybody was connected to the harbour in some way. We all knew, or were related to, somebody on one of the Seine-netters that made Eyemouth such a busy place.

This is why we admired the achievement of Francis Chichester so much. He sailed around the world single-handed in his yacht, Gypsy Moth IV. It took him 266 days. We watched him cross the line as he sailed into Plymouth. A few days later, he sailed up the Thames to Greenwich and was deservedly knighted by the Her Majesty The Queen.

At the time, which was before man stepped onto the moon…

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2017 Hokkaido Winter Drive – Blog Series

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In this blog series, I share the experience of my first winter drive in Hokkaido. Many of you are fans of my Singapore-Thailand road trips. This road trip, however, is a completely different animal, especially for many of us who have never driven in the snow and icy conditions before.

This was also the first time in 17 years I’ve rented a car for a holiday drive. I booked a car from the excellent website Rentalcars.com, a zippy Mazda 2 which is sufficient for two adults and one child. After doing a bit of research, I realised that an International Driving Permit would be required for driving in Japan. This is easily available at the Automobile Association of Singapore. The application procedure was super easy and convenient- I did a walk-in application at the Ang Mo Kio office and it took me only 10 minutes, all you need…

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Favourite Photos–2017

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The WordPress Challenge this week is to show our most meaningful photo or photos from 2017. So here are mine:

The first is from London in June and the rehearsal of the Trooping of the Colour.  I love this photo of the mounted band heading up the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.  I have this photo as my screen saver on my pc and every time I look at it I marvel at the stunning whiteness of the Drum horse’s white feathers.

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Next is a detail photo of the braiding of the Percheron horses competing in the six horse hitch at the Royal Horse Show in November.

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Finally  a photo that may be my absolute favourite, taken with my phone during the summer. One day my daughter and grandson came to visit and I snapped this photo of  them with my horse Biasini. My grandson is delighted with the…

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It All Started With Love

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Sometime during July, I was taking some landscape photos around Brundage Point River Park in Grand Bay. There were two sculptures and I decided to using them as points of reference and scale in my photography. I was just being a tourist, play around with my camera settings.

I had checked out the tourist information office and read on an interpretive plaque that  there had been a fire that destroyed a large number of home in the town in early 1900’s and the dedication plaque was in Unity Park.

Unity Park Unity Park Grand Bay West Field Mullen road

Monument to the 1921 fire On August 1921 A forest fire raged though West Field, leaving 55 families homeless with no loss of life. This memorial placed by the town of Grand Bay Westfield in the year 200

I located the fire dedication, and right beside it was another sculpture. This one was called Love. Now my curiosity was piqued; I…

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Little Clifty Bridge

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I was hiking at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana when I came across this beautiful scene. I caught the sun as it slid beneath the rugged hillside that surrounds Little Clifty Falls and the bridge that spans it. Timing is such a major player in photography and once again I ended up at the right place at the right time !!

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My Cheeky Hans

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Cheeky creature of the Sea of Cortez

If you are a blogger and/or photographer, the weekly photo challenges will take you on a roller-coaster ride of themes, for which to submit the appropriate image! Last week we enjoyed serene views of sunsets, peaceful moments and other settings which, as we prepare for the hectic holidays, was a much needed respite.

The goal of this week’s theme Cheeky,according to Michelle Webber at WordPress, is to “find a little irreverence in your world.”

Oh, a bit of fun and humor, huh? I can also use both as I prepare for the holidays!

If you haven’t guessed who this handsome and silly guy is, this is my husband, Hans. In the photo above, he was trying to make some kids traveling with us laugh with his antics!

Cheeky dirftwood Hans thinks he has a bigger smile.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Carl Hester

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I took copious notes during the two days of the Carl Hester Masterclass this past weekend and these notes made their way into two rather long  blog posts. However on Monday WordPress told me that 233 people per hour were reading the posts so I guess they were not too long or too boring.  But there were still some gems of wisdom and some of Carl’s wicked sense of humor that I had not managed to fit in. So I thought I would share some of these now.

When you are nervous in a competition remember: Don’t clench your toes! I used to do thatall the time. 

You travelled FIFTEEN hours to get here? ( To Erin MacQuarrie who had come from New Brunswick to Ontario) If travel is over one hour and my ride time is before 9 or after 4…. I withdraw from the competition!

If…

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