Autumn changes.

As the seasons change and the daylight hours reduce, Richard and I have been considering the Autumn of our lives. 

The most popular options considered by people changing their lifestyle are:

  • open a coffee shop
  • go travelling
  • open a bed and breakfast.


When I started this website I was going through a coffee shop phase (great to be so predictable eh?)

 I read a book about coffee shops which quickly identified the pitfalls including the ever increasing numbers of coffee shops. I think I would enjoy letting rooms if a property offered a degree of privacy. We have enjoyed many a good bed and breakfast during our travels and have met many lifestyle changers who have successfully chosen this option. Being able to let a property completely would enable us to do more……… travelling!
Next year we are visiting Rome and Tuscany. I have downloaded my Italian speaking course in readiness. I hope to visit Vinci as am still having a Leonardo moment.
I have recently been having a dabble at watercolours. 

First water colour attempts. Helpful criticism welcome!

I would like to pursue something more creative, but initially will probably continue my present occupation in a new location.

Thoughts for October

Great walking this month and glad of the break from the relentless routine. Doing some Autumn things such as collecting blackberries and baking.

Harvest mice made from bread
Harvest mice made from bread
Apple and blackberry crumble
Apple and blackberry crumble

The leaves are now turning, back to work and feeling the futility of present work situation (summed up by the peanuts cartoon).
Oh well “On y va” 🇫🇷 will soon be Christmas.

Thoughts for September- Leonardo Da Vinci, my latest hero

da-vinci-alam_159842t mona-lisa

Having a philosophical month.
I find myself intrigued by Leonardo Da Vinci.
More than the painter of the Mona Lisa (which I once queued up to see in Paris).
Genius, inventor, scientist and philosopher.
Born in 1452 yet making so much sense today.

The Seven Da Vincian Principles

Curiosity (Curiosita) – An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

Demonstration (Dimonstrazione) – A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and willingness to learn from mistakes.

Sensation (Sensazione) – The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.

Smoke (Sfumato) – Becoming open to the unknown. A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.

Art and Science (Arte/Scienza) – Whole-Brain thinking. The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination.

The Body (Corporalita) – The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Balancing the body and mind.

Connection (Connessione) – A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.

August summery summary

After a week removing the soot deposits from the kitchen walls and cupboards it was a relief to spend most of August on holiday. It was interesting seeing new places, have time to think and to live life at a slower pace. Sailing means going with wind and tide (and the occasional storm). A picture that we bought in Cobh Southern Ireland provided me with a thought for this month.

Picture by Francis Leavey
Picture by Francis Leavey

July not very summery summary

Another month flown by.
Richard lovely (as ever)
Weather mostly warm and not too much rain.
Started new long distance path-the Macmillan Way.
Boat delivered to Cork and I survived!
Have been back to Scilly
Lovely day on Tresco
Had a week free of work.
Have 10 followers on twitter.
I think someone may have looked at my website?

Weather could be sunnier.
Has been a barbecue free month.
Was seasick on way to Scilly…yuk

This month I have learnt to live more in the moment.

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment”.
Henry David Thoreau

Love Winnie the Pooh thanks AA Milne
Love Winnie the Pooh thanks AA Milne

2 months of virtual travel cafe, a June review

When I started this website two months ago, I had never built a website and had no idea about blogging. So I have set up a website site and have managed to record most of our recent travel experiences. We have enjoyed a week in Scotland and some great weekend outings. It has been great considering the wet weather during June. The weather forecast for July is typically non-committal, we are hoping for south westerly winds and sunshine. We are resigned to going where the wind and tides take us (quite romantic really). We watched the film The Lobster recently and the ultimate test for a couple was to spend 15 days together on a yacht off the Kerry coast. Interesting idea.
I have found it sometimes difficult to find the time or motivation to write, especially after a day at work. It has taken a long time trying to get each post looking as I would like (I do not know coding). I did not write while we were on holiday because I did not want to spend our precious holiday time recording our experiences as you become less present in the moment. How can you truly enjoy the wonders around you?
My main problem at the moment is procrastination and managing my time.

We will hopefully be visiting these shores in July
We will hopefully be visiting these shores soon

“Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end”.
William Shakespeare (him again!)

The sea theme is deliberate as we will soon be spending 3 weeks afloat.

“Tide and time wait for no man”
Geoffrey Chaucer