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A New Year
A New Year
2014 was a busy year. In fact, it was more than just busy—it was at times surprisingly productive. The first part of the year was filled with big decisions and, as a result, was riddled with stress.
Snow Day
Snow Day
It snowed last night and most of today and although the total accumulation didn’t top two inches, it made everything look wonderfully white. It also screwed up traffic across the midlands.
South Loughton Valley Park
South Loughton Valley Park
Things have calmed down considerably since last week but I’m still trying to identify ways to better control my daily routine and in doing so protect the quality of my free time. The solution? Regular walks.
Milton Keynes Central
Milton Keynes Central
The first week of 2013 has been a hectic one. I had hoped to ease gently back into my routine after the New Year. But that didn’t happen. Instead I found myself tossed immediately under a landslide of work.
Sunny Loughton
Sunny Loughton
One of the lovely things about Britain in January is that when the sun comes out, you’d never know it was winter. When the sun’s out, it’s like stepping into the May issue of Countryfile Magazine.
A Very Long Year
A Very Long Year
Some thoughts at the end of a very long year, and the decision to make New Year’s resolutions work for me and not to conform to fabricated social obligation that calls for drastic personal change each January.
March Bloom
March Bloom
About this time of year, I get antsy for the landscape to come to life. That’s why I try to time things so that I’m in the UK for February and March, because then I get to see the snowdrops and crocuses and primroses open up and my spirit is lifted at the time I need it most.
Stowe
Stowe
Phil and I have visited Stowe many times but I was surprised to realize that I’ve never devoted a post to it. It’s a stunning place, a vast landscape garden lovingly restored and maintained by the National Trust.
Outbound Flight
Outbound Flight
My flight to the UK took a northerly route, so much so that the wing tip skimmed the air above the southern shores of Greenland and I was able to capture a rare glimpse of the rugged, frozen island.
Summer at Stowe
Summer at Stowe
More Spring
More Spring
Just thought I’d share a few more pictures of spring, that lovely several weeks that happens across the globe in places that are not Chicago.
A Real Spring
A Real Spring
It’s the Ides of March which means it’s the dead of winter back in Chicago and I’m giddy that I’m not there to (ahem) enjoy it. Instead, I’m here in Milton Keynes where March is fragrant and mild.
The Rains
The Rains
Woke up early to thunderstorms that were already building. The sky broke into downpours that lasted a good hour or so and then stopped, leaving a gray sky to linger the rest of the day.
A Walk Around Loughton
A Walk Around Loughton
Time has been flying past me and I can’t seem to catch up. The summer was filled with a hankering to drop all responsibilities and just go back to Maui.
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