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Mine are the correct ones.





Sometimes I feel like a nut.



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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: $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

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See Portsmouth page.

Portchester Castle



Cliff walk at Dunbar

It's just steps to the beach.




Including my car, there was one vehicle on the road.


Oh, look! A native!


Burned trees, remnants of a wild fire, surround the viewing platform at the Rim.

On the horizon are Four Peaks and Mt. Ord.  ©RJH


Woods Canyon Lake was a good place for a photo shoot on Black Friday.


Walls keep people apart;  bridges bring them together.


The lake attracts all kinds of wildlife, not just snowbirds.


This is the East Verde River. It has lots of hiking trails and places to picnic.


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.


Tonto Natural Bridge


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



It was too early for colorful fall foliage this week-end

so I took a picture of a cow instead.



♪♫...People say we monkey around...♫♪

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


Willow Springs Lake

Tracks in the snow confirmed that someone had been here before me.


Fish in the sand weren't biting that day.



Snow on the Rim

This is Arizona?


November 27 was the first Sunday of Advent 2016


NPR, writing, and good books substitute for television at my vacation home.

With National Public Radio I hear news to which I wouldn't ordinarily be

exposed. National news lately has been depressing, but classical music is good

to hear while I'm writing. I create a changed environment when I'm on vacation.



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.


The sun threw its rays parallel to the earth at this moment in time in my bit of the world.


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

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


This is the first American Avocet I've seen. It likes

to wade close to shore at Payson's town lakes.


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.



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 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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