Monthly Archives: November 2014

Virginia Campsite

Week 21 – Repairs, Virginia & Charleston

‘You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.’ – Mae West

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Repairs

Dad working on getting the water pump out.

This last week has been relatively quiet. We were meant to leave on the previous weekend, but, once, again, we had engine problems. This time it was the water pump. As the mechanic had to come to us, he only came in his spare hours, which meant the replacement took 6 days.

Unlike the other 2 times we’ve had a breakdown, we went off touristing (my new verb!) – this time we took it easy and relaxed more around the campground we were staying in Virginia. To be honest, it was a really gorgeous spot and I got to have night after night of campfires. I love campfires,

Campfire

Campfire

especially with a nice glass of wine. It was chilly, but worth it.

Campfire Happy Hour

Campfire Happy Hour

Still, I managed to get some much-needed video editing done which will come out in December, plus make some good in roads for a promo video for ‘Miss Givings’.

I’ve really enjoyed my week of ‘rest’. We’ve had some great evenings talking and playing games – just like when I was a kid.

Virginia Campsite

Virginia Campsite

Still, reluctantly, we left our lovely campsite with the new water pump working its charm, we managed to make it to Southern Carolina and we’ve had a day out in Charleston.

Old Charleston House

Old Charleston House

The more I see, the more I just wish I had more time to see. This city’s old quarter is gorgeous – beautiful old homes with huge verandas.

Old Charleston House

Old Charleston House

I would love to just sit and while away the day on one. So glad we made it here, as I don’t think I would have. Love the warmer temperatures even if we are, also, dealing with severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings – England just doesn’t know severe weather!

One more day here and then we hope for sunnier weather in Florida.

What sort of ‘bad weather’ experiences have you had on your travels?  See ya soon!

Love
Debx

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Week 20 – Eastern States cont… mainly Virginia

‘Everything you need is already inside. Just do it.’ – Bill Bowerman

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page.)]

Manassas, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia where the civil war really kicked off!

This week started with us on the move to meet back up with Mom and Dad in Gloucester, Virginia. First, we had a stop at the Manassas National Park where the first serious battle of the American Civil War took place. I’m really impressed by the talks by the US rangers, definitely worth going on. This battle is what set the US up for 4 years of war and has lost more lives than any other battle, to date, in US history.

Manassas, Virginia

Ranger talk at Manassas, Virginia

We arrived in Gloucester, Virginia and have spent the rest of our time in this very historic region. This is where the Jamestowne settlement was, which was where the British claimed their first settlement. They were almost run out by starvation by the local native population, but, just as they were leaving, reinforcements arrived and thus the British set up their colony here. This is, also, home to the famous Pocahontas story who traveled to England, after marrying John Rolfe – an English Lord, but, sadly, she never returned to her native home, as she died before the return journey home.

Jamestowne, Virginia

Jamestowne, Virginia where the British first settled in the US and Pocahontas was.

We’ve been to Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia the capital of this state.

and Yorktown

Yorktown, Virginia

Yorktown, Virginia where the Americans and French beat the British to help settle the USA into an independent country.

which played a huge part in the driving out of the British powers and bringing in the creeds as laid out by the ‘Declaration of Independence’ which were the foundations to bring about the USA as we know it today.

This is a beautiful area and the people are very friendly. They’ve even helped us find a mechanic to help us repair another broken down part.

How have you dealt with change of travel plans, due to unforeseen problems?

Hope you are well.

Love
Debx

John and I

Week 19 – Halifax and the Eastern States

Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia

‘Failure is impossible.’ – Susan B. Anthony

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page.)]

Well, this week started with our last day in the Maritime Provinces of Canada – Halifax. I waved to all my UK friends from the harbour. (Forgot to mention in my original letter about going to Peggy’s Cove, so photos are added at the end of this letter.)

Halifax

Me waving at my UK friends!

The harbour in Halifax is significant for my Mom, as this was where she first landed in Canada, when she was 9 years old. We went to a place where they keep records for the immigrants who arrived, so, now, Mom and I are going to write about her experiences, as they don’t have many stories from the children who crossed.  You can read it here!

The next day, we made it across, back into the US and stayed the night in a quiet border town – Calais – nothing like it’s French counterpart.

Calais, Maine

Calais, Maine

The next day we headed to Boston area

Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

and this is where John and I headed off on a few days of adventure on our own, while Mom and Dad headed to Chesapeake to settle for a week. While they settled, we went to Salem, Massachusetts, where ‘the Crucible’ is based and I got to find out a bit more about the character I played – Hathorne. Seems his family did quite well out of his actions done at those trials!

Salem, MA

Me outside one of the jails where some of the victims of the Salem trials were held.

We over-nighted in a gorgeous little New England town called Mystic – where Julia Roberts came to fame through a film which was set here – Mystic Pizza.

Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic, gorgeous New England down

Peekskill, New York

This is the original ‘yellow brick road’ from ‘the Wizard of Oz’, in Peekskill, New York.

Then, it was off to Peekskill, New York – a burb of New York City and where my character – Anita Boult hails from in my one woman show, ‘Miss Givings.’

We managed to drive to Delaware State – the first state of the U.S.A. and from there headed to just outside Washington, D.C.  There we met with a friend and had a lovely meal and catch up – we hope to meet again in India or Thailand.

Another great week with so much more to see, but back with Mom and Dad and looking forward to our next findings!

Do you have any great stories of meeting friends on trips – either planned or unplanned?  I’d love to hear them!

Love
Debx

Peggy’s Cove:

Birthplace of ice hockey

Week 18 – The Maritime Provinces of Canada!

‘A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page.)]

Acadian Monument

Acadian Monument

Hello from the Maritimes! This last week has seen a dream come true! I’ve, finally, made it to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Happy ‘belated’ Halloween! I even made my own miniature pumpkin!

Pumpkin

This is the miniature pumpkin I made!

The week started with us leaving Quebec and the Gaspesie Peninsula,

Gaspesie Peninsula

Town along Gaspesie Peninsula

but not before seeing a very picturesque village – Perce.

Perce, Quebec

Perce, Quebec

Our first maritime province was New Brunswick.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick

I would say it’s the largest of these eastern provinces. Our main stop here was in Moncton,

Moncton Art

Moncton Art with a very Maritime feel

where we learned a lot about the Acadians.

They had settled in the Maritimes in the 1600’s, but then were removed in the 1700’s by the British, only to return again in the

1700 – 1800’s. They are a huge part of the culture of this region, along with the British. It was good to get a better understanding of this big part of Canadian history.

Acadian Settlement

Grand Pre Acadian Settlement

I, also, have now seen my first bore – like a baby tidal wave that happens with the tide – there are places in the UK you can see this phenomenon.

Tidal Bore

Tidal Bore, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Then, it was a day in Charlottetown, PEI.

Confederation Bridge

My Dad in front of confederation bridge – bridge across from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island.

This was the birthplace of Canada, where a bunch of politicians got together at a big party and decided to create a confederation.

Conferderation Museum

Confederation Museum in Charlottetown, we there on the last day before it closed!

It’s, also, the home of ‘Anne of Green Gables’, but she was all closed up for the year. Still, I’m glad I made it to confederation house, as its closing for the next five years for repairs.

Conferderation House

Confederation House, Charlottetown, PEI

Next day, we were on the move to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Lighthouse

Nova Scotia Lighthouse

and John and I ran off for a few days to drive around it on our own. We saw light houses, historic forts, more Acadian history and some excellent food.

Poutine

My first ever Poutine, this is Italian style. A new Canadian favourite food.

John as a happy man!

John as a very happy man, having some lobster in PEI.

I love the people here; they are so open and friendly – even more than us westerners!

Hope you are well!  Who are the friendliest nation you have met with?  Think there is a top 10 list in the making here….hmm?  Will Canada make it?

Love
Debx