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Kathy Noltze's

Portals to Europe


Folkestone and

 Bits of Britain



Bits of Belgium



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: $164.18. (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.





Today I put on a t-shirt that I bought in 1990 to commemorate

a record-breaking day. It was the first time they closed Sky

Harbor Airport due to weather. Pilots didn't know what to do

at 122. The Valley is under an excessive heat warning. (What

is excessive?) We may break this record this week.


Woods Canyon.


On the brim of the Rim...

It's a good thing he had a headwind; with

a tailwind he would have been swept over.


The dock at Woods Canyon Lake wasn't deserted as it was when I was here in the winter.




Doing the duck walk...

These critters were sorely disappointed that I didn't feed them when they waddled to me.


Wisconsin has many places designated after John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin.

His family brought him to the state from Dunbar, Scotland, where he was born. The

picture above is part of John Muir Walk along the coast where it originates in Dunbar.

I photographed it on a delightful windy day. Always an advocate of preserving nature's

landscape, Muir went on to establish many of our national parks and is indeed credited

with creating the entire system, including our own Grand Canyon National Park.


Guess who came to the party?

This pig was looking for that Big Guy who lives here.


At the salt mine near Krakow, I remember descending

a bajillion steps to get to the magnificent salt sculptures.

 Below me were hundreds of tourists and above me were

hundreds more. There was no alternative but to go with the flow of

people. Of course, partway down, the line stopped for no apparent

reason. There I was, in a non-English-speaking crowd a mile below the

surface of the earth with not even cell phone service (because we were

a mile down). That was the first time I remember being claustrophobic.

After about 15 minutes, the line started moving and I survived. I never did

find out what trapped us because it was a non-English-speaking crowd.


Last rays of sun for the day fall on the Zane Grey Museum in Payson, Arizona.


Enhanced security measures are replacing the proposed laptop ban on flights to the USA.


Today was only 115 degrees, not a record-breaker, but we decided to head for the hills anyway. An interior project seemed right for the day; I was thinking about painting a wall. He was thinking about tearing apart a bathroom. He won.


It's too hot for some airplanes to fly today, so call your airline before going to Sky Harbor.

                                                                                                             --Kathy Noltze, 6/20


Smoke from the Highland Wildfire


Woods Canyon Lake


This is the view he had while standing on the white rock on the brim.


Payson, Arizona is at the geographic center of the state, towards the eastern end of the Mogollon Rim. It is at a higher elevation than the Valley, therefore cooler but not as high or as cool as Flagstaff. The Town provides a lot of recreational opportunities to the residents. My favorite is watching the ducks and the people fishing at Green Valley Lake.





Memorial Day 2017

My grandparents called it Decoration Day because that was the one day each  year that you were sure to remember the veterans in your family who died serving our country; you remembered them by "decorating" their graves with a flag or flowers. Have a safe and Memorable Day.



Javelina came to dinner one day.

They showed off their babies.


Remember to check carry-on restrictions before packing for the airport. Laptops are sometimes banned—actually, any electronics larger than a cell phone—and I don't recommend putting them in checked baggage; what goes missing is the electronic device while all the clothes stay nicely folded.


There is a security alert for Americans traveling to Europe particularly if you are going

to major tourist cities, such as Paris or Amsterdam. Read state department warning.



Mogollon Rim

Locals pronounce it muggy-on and everyone else calls it whatever is trending on Wikipedia.

It's a geographical feature of Arizona that's about 200 miles long; this is near the east end.

 You might have crossed the western portion if you ever drove from Flagstaff to the Valley.



Arizona Fish and Game controls the number of waterfowl nesting in our lakes

by controlling the reeds. If there are too many birds, the water is too foul for

the game fish to thrive. They stock our lakes regularly from our fish hatcheries.


This Blue Heron has a nest at Green Valley Park lakes.

It's a good place to raise off-spring.



Kathy Noltze 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.


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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.

Full Circle

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 eternitiesthe 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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