What is on this Green Stick?

I was cleaning my desk and came upon a green memory stick. I had no idea what was on it so stuck it in my laptop only to find a collection of all the photos from the travels and the hiking of our last 5 1/2 years in the UK.

Everything is there except for our Dubai trip, a hike we took with Sarah to go see some pones, our last hiking trip to the coastal path in Cornwall and our last trip to Paris with Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Man we covered a lot of ground in 5 1/2 years.  Two ski trips in Austria, two in Italy. Several hiking getaways; Hadrian’s wall, Ben Nevis, Snowdon in Wales, Scaffell Pike, Seven Sisters, The Dover Cliffs, and Dartmoor National Park. Weekend getaways in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Iceland, San Sebastian,  Normandy, Athens, Nice, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Venice, Budapest, Bordeaux (to run Le Medoc), Dublin (twice), Avignon and  Jordan.

In England we went to Oxford, Bath, Cambridge, Liverpool, Brighton, Kent region, Cornwall and also parts of Scotland (Edinburgh and St. Andrews).

I followed Peter on business trips to Sidney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Zug (Switzerland) and New York.

We went on three beautiful and memorable trips. One to the Yukon to visit my brother. Breath taking part of Canada! The second one and my favorite one (sorry Yukon), Istanbul and the third one to St. Petersburg, also amazing.

This is why every time I go to the United States I get pulled over and the agent questions me.

Agent, “Elise, what do you do for a living?”

Me, “Stay at home mom.”

Agent, “Why do you have visa entries to Jordan, Russia and Turkey?”

Me, “I just travel for leisure with my husband.”

Weird how they never really ask Peter. Always me because I have an older passport and these visas will be with me till 2023. Peter’s passport is new and I think he got it done after the Turkey and Russia trip. He still has Jordan. Oh well, I don’t mind, I will fondly remember all these places and the visas and questions at the border are totally worth it!

I leave you with a video montage of the green stick (not in order of visit) and photos of the places that were not on the mysterious green stick.





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Saturday Morning

Has quickly become a trip to Windy Bank Farm market for me.


Every Saturday I get up and after my morning coffee, I like to jump on the scooter and head over to Windy Bank farm. I go on the scooter since their parking is, shall we say, almost nonexistent and if there are loads of people, which often there are, you end up parking your car at your own risk.

That being said, going with the scooter by myself poses a challenge. There is only so much I can buy. Sometimes, Daddy Cool comes along, so two scooters are better than one, but lately he has squash on Saturday morning and if you want the good stuff, you have to go early.

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Food in the seat.


Food in the box.

This morning I made my regular Saturday morning pilgrimage and bought some veg, fruits, soups and a loaf of Spanakopia Loaf (Spinach, Feta, Dill & Onion). I am told it goes well with the gingered chicken and coconut soup. All made at the farm and usually excellent. This is also where I buy my eggs but I did not need any this week. I like that I can take back my egg carton and they will just fill it up with fresh eggs.

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The yummy baked goods made at the farm and the eggs.


I realize that not all veg and fruits come from Windy Bank farm but while living on this Rock in the middle of the Atlantic, I am really making an effort to buy local and what is in season. Trying to practice the 3Rs as best as I can.



Harrington Sound

As many of you know, the body of water we overlook is named, Harrington Sound.


Harrington sound is where our dock is and where we ”park” our kayaks and paddle boards.


Our Dock.

But aside from overlooking this beautiful body of water, I am finding out that Harrington Sound in itself is quite interesting. At times it is calm, (like this morning when I went for a paddle) and other times, like yesterday, it is rough! Sometimes, depending on the direction of the wind, it is rough on one side and calm on the other. This was the case during this year’s Round The Sound. The kids and my floatie had it easier on the North East side of the sound. It was dodgy when I climbed into my kayak on the South West side of the sound. I almost went into the water, and paddling across was rough till I reached Trunk Island.

This is how Wikipedia describes Harrington Sound, ”Large inland body of water in the northeast of the main island of Bermuda. It is surrounded by the main island on all sides, only appearing open to the ocean via a small channel called Flatt’s Inlet in the southwest. Much of the sound’s water flows to and from the ocean via subterranean cavern systems, notably Crystal Cave and Leamington Cave. The sound was named for Lucy Harington, Countess of Bedford. Local superstition stipulates the crater is bottomless. There are numerous small islands in the sound, notably Trunk Island. Unfortunately, as Bermuda’s human population (and fishing) has increased there has been an equivalent drop in the populations of the sound’s formerly abundant shellfish, such as Bermuda Scallops.”

I was told this last detail, about the shellfish, by several locals. Apparently, you could find lots of mussels in Shark Hole. This is an aerial view of the Round The Sound Swim, just to locate you, we live around Guide 3.


Daddy Cool and I try to explore the Sound by kayak and paddle board as much as possible. When the water is calm, even when it’s rough. The currents and water can change quite fast when you are kayaking or paddle boarding. Case in point, last summer, we set out on our kayaks on a nice Saturday morning, within 30 minutes, we were paddling through some rough conditions until we reached Cockroach island. Once behind the island, we were sheltered from the wind and able to rest a little before returning to our dock.

The tidal range is also different within the sound versus outside. Outside the Sound, the tidal range is about 2.5 feet. Inside the Sound, 7.5 inches, and they are about 3 hours later than coastal tides.

In any case, it is a beautiful body of water and this morning it was calm and I decided to go for a paddle to Trunk Island.

‘Trunk island is the largest island in the Sound. The island has been owned by the Tucker/Gardner family since the early 19th century and was used as a summer camp for Bermudian groups such as Sea Scouts and Girl Guides in the 1920s and 1930s. It remains privately owned by descendants of the first owners, although a share of the ownership of the mansion plot has now been donated to the Bermuda Zoological Society, which supports educational programs at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. The Bermuda Zoological Society purchased the cottage property and has created a living classroom throughout the island.”


The cottage on Trunk Island.


The dock that belongs to BAMZ.


I saw a blue heron that was taking flight.






There is a small but beautiful private beach on the other side of the island.



It was just so calm and beautiful.



This is Harrissi, the orange-terra cotta cottage with a guest house on the left, (a.k.a. the Love Shack) in the hill. This is what we call home. 

Well, now I am back at home, the Sound still looks calm but I can see some of the currents are changing.