Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Far from home, thirty minutes away


Janet and I went south today, down the winding dangerous road that should  never have been built, A lot of lives have been lost on that road . It follows the sea -  but is up on the blasted out hillside.  Chuckanut drive opened in 1916,  about four years after the work had started  -  was a difficult road to build , lots of mountain side dynamited , which It has never gotten over ,  with the help of gravity,  huge boulders crash down  every year- fingers crossed that one does not land on your car. I have mentioned this drive before, It is one that tourists really love and drive poorly on. It is very beautiful and a quicker way to  go south, but it can be treacherous .
I totaled my car on this drive at 1:00 am coming home from work. Lucky I did not go through the guardrail dropping down the cliff into the sea. Dodgy! I didn't even break a bone! 
Anyway, it is a great way to get to the little towns south of here for lunch and a look around.




We managed to remedy the world's ills over our two hour lunch so y'all can sleep well tonight.
What it comes down to , basically, is:
*shrug*


Doggy left it's bone on the bench, I would have tucked it in my bag if I still  had a dog in my life. But I don't, and that's that.


The meat market now sells clothing to put on the meat.


You can see that the smoke is not gone, Sort of settled in the valley.


I have to use my flight that cancelled because- surgery ...Giving me only until February to use it or lose it. I booked a flight to London, for the month of January, probably the worst time to go as weather will be cranky. 
It is possible that son will join me if his job falls through. His best friend is going to school there now - some where near the Albert Hall- I will try to book a flat in Kennsington  , close to  the school  or in Chiswick, where his friend has a flat- sort of torn between the two areas, also not knowing for sure, if I should rent a two bedroom if he joins me, or a studio If it is  just me. 
London is SOOOO expensive, it is lucky to find anything affordable. I will though. I am a good searcher.  Middle son and kids are in London right now, he is a pilot - it cost them 80 bucks to get there! , The perks are for his family only, not tag along brothers and step mothers. Of course it is unfair, I say.

12 comments:

  1. I admire your ability to just relocate to another city for a month. There is an emotional freedom in that, an ability to upend routine that I think I might sorely wish to emulate. In any case January in another place sounds wonderful. Say hi to Steve.

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    1. Routine is not good for my constitution, odd that way, I guess. It does not even phase me to leave home and stay elsewhere, One month is not long enough, last stay was four and a half, and even that was not long enough. I just want to go to galleries and museums, see Steve and Dave and Olga maybe and have sausage and mash! Likely will be more of a challenge this time.Wish you would come along!

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  2. I remember driving on roads near there where every moment I expected our car to be crashed into by falling boulders. I was, quite frankly, terrified.
    What a pretty little town!
    London? You just up-sticks and go? Really? Is that allowed?
    You are awesome.
    Thanks for sorting out this whole world thing. Some one had to do it.

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    1. The squirrels and crows will be snoozing in January, my dog is dead. Yes, I can go. A month goes by quick as a wink!

      Driving up here can be scary- especially in winter, so you were right to be terrified.
      When my Dad died he left me some pocket change , enough to travel around a bit, go see art in far off cities. Quite a gift.

      You are so welcome , wish you had been with us- your wisdom would have sorted it all out more than *shrug*.

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  3. It would be cool to stay in Chiswick. I really like it out that way. Not particularly cheap, but then, neither is Kensington! That mountain drive sounds very scenic and I love your photos of the quaint towns along the coast.

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    1. The cheapest places are too far out of the city, but since it is off season prices are better, I did find a flat in Chiswick for a reasonable rent but only one bedroom. You are right, it is pretty area , cool shops, beautiful church.

      If you guys are around in January I will give you a holler- we can go do something foolish!

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  4. if I wasn't dropping such a big chunk of change on fixing this house up I could go more places. but I do have a dog and a cat that prefer me to him. if I could take them with me I'd go go go. so nice that you are able to. being gone 3 weeks with other people the whole time stretched my social ability but I was a good girl to the end. if I was by myself perhaps being gone longer would be easier except for the dog and cat.

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    1. traveling alone does have it's benefits, just going at one's own speed is nice. That is one reason I have not yet gotten a dog or a cat or four...I would be the only one who wants them.

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  5. I took my daughters to the UK when I turned 65-loved London (and Paris and Totnes and Wales and the Lakes district and Scotland, etc) They treated me to high tea in London. We had such fun. I wasn't too worried about money there because I was still working but now...would be harder to travel like that.

    PS We rented a car while we were there and they gave us a Mercedes! And us driving on the left side of the road!!! No accidents (whew!)

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    1. Love London, it is everything and is so compact. Never would I try to drive there, you are very brave! My friend Sarah of "Circles of Rain" ,is a brilliant driver. Lives in Greenwich. So, When we need to go to a place where driving might come in handy, she drives! I keep hoping that they will not let me back into the USA...

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  6. Chuckanut Drive IS an adventure. My problem was trying to watch the crazy road and gawk at the scenery at the same time. As bad as it is you gotta admire the engineering that went into it. So much got done without Big Brother telling people to be careful and watch out. Cool stuff on the other end of the road. Thanks for taking me there. Good memories. Wishing you all kinds of success in getting to London again!

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    1. Hi Leenie, hope the smoke is gone from your home, sort of stuck around here, ( cough cough) Maybe next summer will be better and you can come up this way again! That's a good idea. I will find out from the neck cutter guy on Tuesday if London is a great plan! It will be.

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