There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Friday, 27 January 2017

A Few Good Reasons to Travel


It leaves you speechless,
then turns you into a storyteller.
~I Battuta

We passed these two gents on our way to
Stourhead last summer. They warmed the
deepest cockles of our hearts.


Travel is fatal to prejudice,
bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,
and many of our people need it
sorely on these accounts. Broad,
wholesome, charitable views of
men and things cannot be
acquired by vegetating
in one little corner of the 
earth all one's lifetime.
~Mark Twain

Holywell Cemetery, Oxford


The impulse to travel
is one of the hopeful
symptoms of life.
A. Repplier

Daffodils bloom in
Christ Church meadow.


Twenty years from now you will be 
more disappointed by the things you
didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bow lines, sail away
from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade
winds in your sails.  
Explore. Dream. Discover. 
~Mark Twain


Bridge of Sighs

Find a new way of 
looking at the world.


Walk where CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien,
 John Donne,  Percy Bysshe Shelley,
Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley,
Harper Lee, Dorothy Sayers,
and Evelyn Waugh walked in


~Hans Christian Anderson


Stourhead National Trust, Wiltshire

Don't just listen to
what they say. Go & see it.


New College cloisters where
Harry Potter was filmed.

Be a kid again and stand where
Malfoy was turned into a ferret
in Harry Potter, The Goblet of Fire.

Or watch for Mr. Tumnus
under a lamp post.


"I am looking for someone
to share an adventure....",
says Gandalf in The Hobbit
I haven’t been everywhere,
but it’s on my list.
~Susan Sontag


It is not down in any map;
true places never are.
~Herman Melville

Punting on the Cherwell River, Oxford


I am not the same,
having seen the moon
shine on the other
side of the world.
~Mary Anne Radmacher

The moon shines over New College
on Holywell Street, Oxford


  1. What lovely glimpses of your world in and around Oxford. I enjoyed my wee visit.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend...

    1. Thank you Brenda--I'm happy you enjoyed a little taste of Oxford. xxx C.

  2. Carrie, Every time I visit you here, it really is like stepping through the Wardrobe into Oxford and the surrounding areas that your share in words and pictures. I'm almost overwhelmed with the impression of experiencing it all with you ~ the light, sounds, the beauty of leaves blowing in autumn winds and the peace of tea brewing in your welcoming kitchen, of Tolkien walking the streets with you and Lewis gazing from his window into your garden. You truly do "fill your paper with the breathings of your heart", and your readers are richer for it. Thank you. PS Is there a book in the near future, I hope?

    1. Thank you Christie and that means the world--it's a magical place that must be shared. And yes! A book is definitely percolating and coming together (in my mind at least) at long last. xxx C.

  3. Good morning, Carrie! At least it's morning here in Edwardsville, Illinois. :-) I'm lucky enough to be married to a guy who loves to travel, so we get out and about as much as we can. Returning to Oxford is high on my list... I want to catch a glimpse of Mr. Tumnus and spend an afternoon punting on the Cherwell! 😊 Stay well! 💖 Georgia