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Kathy Noltze's view on:


Dover 7/25

Rusty mufflers 7/17

Luggage 7/12

Career of Evil 6/28

The Last Mile 6/7

Love & Friendship 5/30

Ozaukee County 4/20

Dry Bones 4/8

The Road to Little Dribbling


& more



In August 2016 it is 38 years.




Books by author Kathy Noltze:



Available at Amazon and other booksellers. Or for a copy, visit the Washington County Historical Society in West Bend, WI. Also can be purchased in Wisconsin at the Port Washington Historical Society. See their website for opening hours.



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Kathy Noltze's

Portals to Europe


Folkestone and

 Bits of Britain



Bits of Belgium


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Buy Kathy Noltze's books at Amazon.


Bournemouth photos

Cologne photos

Good King Wenceslas

Krakow photos

Montezuma Castle

Reclaimed info

Warsaw photos




Two +/- densely wooded acres in Wisconsin's Northwoods. Bounded by residences on acreage, zoned commercial on primary road. Paved. Rural character, walk to Conover amenities. Electricity to lot line. Pound or drill well, put in septic. Taxes: $175.77. (Yes, the whole year.)

Tax parcel #8-817

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Last of the Summer Wine country photos by

 Kathy Noltze.


Clifton Suspension Bridge

Read here.


See Portsmouth page.

Portchester Castle



Cliff walk at Dunbar

It's just steps to the beach.



We are in Arizona in July, so we restate the obvious:

Excessive heat warning in Arizona's high country...

(People are actually paid to tell us this.)


A staycation is pretty tempting right now, with the state of

the world. By reading the news, I could be coaxed into

sticking closer to home and enjoying the attractions of

this area. Then I realize that foreigners have just as much

reason to be afraid of our country based on news of our

homegrown fanatics. Then I start to plan my next adventure.


This is what unharvested blackberries look like when the birds have a go at them.


Shadows were long when this little girl caught her first fish ever.

A group of spectators gathered to marvel at the catch.

Alas, she threw it back because it was too small.


Lacking enthusiasm for either major presidential candidate,

he installs a flagpole because he believes in the republic.



There was a lot of controversy about Green Valley Lake when it was constructed as a

reservoir in the '90s. Now it is an attraction for the Payson area. There is a path around

the shore, an adjacent playground for children, fishing holes... Arizona Fish and Game

keeps the lake stocked with trout and other delicious fish. Ducks and geese don't just

winter here but splash around all year.


These geese tried to grab bait for a snack.


Born in the USA...yea!


This family of javelina crossed my patio and waited around

to see if That Big Guy would feed them.


♪♫...People say we monkey around...♫♪

The funny guy in our family took me to the zoo, but they wouldn't take me.


Sometimes I feel like a nut.

A day in the Rim Country


The look of fatigue...

Watching the lake activities at the end of the

day is his reward for a hard remodel job.


Even the Blue Heron watched the fishing activities.


These two did their fishing on land.


Last Paddle

At twilight, a gaggle of geese goes for a last paddle around the lake before nesttime.


The grass is always greener on the other side.


A good builder is known for his tools.



A cold breakfast by candlelight July 2 was due to a power outage

in the Rim country. We welcomed the rain. Once again,

windshield wipers we installed after the last rain were

were dry-rotted. I'll get a new pair when it stops raining.


President Obama led us in commemorating the 100th anniversary of our National Parks System. The gorgeous backdrop was one of our parks. Which put me in mind of John Muir, its founder. He was born in Dunbar, Scotland. A couple years ago, I was in Dunbar visiting a museum dedicated to Muir's life's labor: to preserve nature for posterity and to make it accessible to all. I found myself whispering because a group of school children was fascinated with my American accent. They were proud of their native son and the contribution he had made to America, which includes Arizona's own Grand Canyon National Park.



En route to Weston-super-Mare via Hayes & Harlington


Along the trail in Christ Church Meadows


Kathy Noltze's been to Oxford (on the train).

I returned from a fun-filled week in Oxford,

where just walking across the grounds of

Christ Church College raised my IQ by 2 points.


About us

Bloomin' Desert




Severn Tunnel


How's It Hanging



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March in such a way that

others will wish to join us.

       –-Hubert H. Humphrey

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

–Abraham Lincoln

Numbering your possessions

invites fate to take them away.

My great grandparents rode horses but were afraid to take the train. My grandparents took the train but were afraid to drive. My parents drove but were afraid to fly. I fly but I'm afraid to ride a horse.

He is not happy who does not

think himself so. –Roman Wisdom

A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit.


...I learned this... that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

–Henry David Thoreau

But dost thou love Life, then do not squander Time, for that's the Stuff Life is made of.

–Benjamin Franklin

The Sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

A large red drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone.

–John Steinbeck

The soul awakes...between two dim eternities–the eternal past,

the eternal future.

–Harriet Beecher Stowe

Nature Calls:

Ducks the Issue.

Kathy Noltze's photographs of

not-so-wild life on canals and

riversof northern England


Bournemouth photos

Cologne photos

Good King Wenceslas info

Krakow photos

Reclaimed info

Warsaw photos

Signs of the times:

Gargoyle on York Minster appears baffled; maybe he's trying to decipher signs.


♫♪Yellow Ribbon

I made a wrong turn when I departed the train station and found myself on a lonely street in Bad Godesberg, Germany. Godesburg ruins (notice spelling difference) was my aim but here I was in an isolated residential area. Suddenly I heard music, an American song, and I followed my ears, which ended up at a bandstand between a lively duck pond and a terrace of tea-drinkers who were startled to see me pop through the hedge. An orchestra on the bandstand played "...tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree..."

     Such are the memories that a song or smell evokes. The boss of the dials at our house had dialed a mellow-listening station and I was transported across time and distance.

Skuhrov, Czech Republic

Genealogy studies found me in  Czech Republic a few years

ago digging up Bohemian ancestors. This church in what was formerly Rathsdorf has a monument in its cemetery to residents who were killed in WWI; on the monument are inscribed the names of several Doubrawas and lots of Zimprichs, names familiar to many people in Wisconsin. Skuhrov/Rathsdorf can be  reached by train from Prague to Ceska Trebova and then about 7 miles by local bus.


Desert living isn't for the faint of heart.


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