Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Our Trip to Britain in August 2023: Part 2 Mousehole and Ancient Sites in Cornwall


During our stay in Cornwall, UK, we visited several other places after Land's End.

We hiked on steep footpaths down to the small fishing village of Mousehole, pronounced ‘Mouzelle’. The header image shows the view from the hill overlooking Mousehole.

One morning, we visited the local megaliths, the Merry Maidens stone circle. We often passed isolated megaliths and stone crosses, although we don’t know if they were standing at the original sites.


Another afternoon we walked to a hill top with a pile of rocks called Chapel Carn Brea. Five Dartmoor ponies were grazing near the rocks. I took a picture of three horses.

On the same day, we hiked across footpaths to another hill with an ancient site called Bartine Castle. Most of the stones were deep in the heather and gorse. We found a Holy well on top of the hill. Stones are placed around a well of water from a spring.

Finally, here’s a hazy view over lovely Porthcurno Beach with light yellow sand and turquoise-hued sea. Two ponies were sheltering in the rocks. The cliffs are steep here and rain was forecast, so we refrained from climbing into the crowded beach.

After our week in Cornwall, we drove to my brother’s house for more family get-togethers. People in their extended family often drop in for a meal or stay the night.  

This will probably be my last post from the UK since we’re flying back to Atlanta in a couple of days. 

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Friday, August 18, 2023

Our Trip to Britain in August 2023: Part 2 Land’s End, Cornwall


After our niece’s wedding, we spent a week in Cornwall. We stayed in a converted barn on a small farm near the tiny village of Kerris. On our first trip, we went to see Land’s End, the southernmost tip of England. The top photo shows a cove by the promontory of Lands End.

We parked at Sennen village and hiked along the coastal footpath to Land’s End (it’s less crowded and parking is cheaper!).

View of Sennen Beach

The coastal paths have wonderful views of the cliffs and sea. The hills are covered in purple heather and yellow gorse flowers.

Here’s a closeup of pretty heather flowers.

Land’s End has several cafes, restaurants, and tourist shops. It also houses a noteworthy relic, the First and Last Post Box.


The rocky seashore includes fascinating natural phenomena like this rock arch in the cliff adjacent to Land’s End.

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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Our Trip to Britain in August 2023: Part 1 Bristol and Lee, Devon


This summer, we traveled in Southwest Britain during most of August. We stayed with my brother for the first few days and he took us on several hikes through the woods near Bristol.

His house is close to farmland. We walked around fields of corn. One local farm keeps horses as shown in the top picture of a mare and her foal.

I love the pretty wildflowers blooming in the woods and along the hedgerows. These Harebells or Scottish Bluebells are among my favorite wildflowers.

In the next stage, we drove to Devon for our niece’s wedding. The ceremony and reception were in different sites near Ilfracombe. I took a few pictures near the reception in the small coastal village of Lee. The local church of St Matthew, and village houses are typical of rural England.

The village ends at Lee Bay, a cove with a stony beach overlooking the Severn Estuary.

If you take a vacation in England, make sure you visit the rural regions and admire the picturesque villages with thatched cottages and flower gardens. You can also hike on many footpaths throughout the countryside.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

GRAND MASTER'S TRILOGY - My 99c Book Bargain for August #sciencefantasy #scifi



Science fantasy adventure and romance.

Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s stories will love this series. If you favor epic adventures in space with super psychics, dragons, and a sprinkle of humor, read the Grand Master’s Trilogy!

Only 99c at all retailers:


Threat: Supreme rulers of the galaxy, beware of this young woman. She is fated to destroy you.

Romance: Can she convert a domineering, untouchable man of great power into a devoted lover?

Villain: Can an insignificant empath defeat the evil Red Queen?

Teleport across the galaxy in this thrilling Sci-Fi adventure and romance.



One young woman challenges the secret rulers of the galaxy and finds an impossible love.

Young empath, Violet Hunter, dreams of exploring exotic planets as a Grand Master’s pawn. But breaks in the teleportal network threaten countless lives, and suspicions point to the twelve Grand Masters. Violet must penetrate their curtain of secrecy to identify the culprit. Her challenges escalate when she meets the enigmatic man behind the griffin avatar. She plunges into a world of deadly intrigues and risks a perilous love. Armed with only her erratic powers and a mishmash of allies, she must battle the most powerful beings in the galaxy.


Psychically linked lovers fight the powerful Grand Masters dominating the galaxy.

The rebellious Grand Master, Athanor Griffin, devises a risky plan to uncover the culprits responsible for the life-threatening failures in the galactic portal web. His loyal pawn and lover, empath Violet Hunter, is the key to success as they contend with their enemies. But, she wrestles with her erratic psychic talents and doubts about their unequal partnership. She must surmount her insecurities to overcome the nightmares ahead.



Young empath, Violet Hunter, and her crafty Grand Master, Athanor Griffin, tackle the villains threatening civilization.

Their worst enemy rampages across the galaxy, while blocked portals prevent normal interplanetary communications. Compounding their problems, half the Grand Masters on the Council vow to eliminate Violet. She and Athanor embark on a hazardous quest for a weapon hidden by the ancient psychic masters. But, the weapon proves elusive, dangers lurk in the ancient sites, and new alliances forged with bizarre entities may not suffice to foil their enemies.

Events swirl in unforeseen twists in the thrilling conclusion of the Grand Master’s Trilogy.




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