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Once we had our fill of Ghent, we drove the remaining way to Eindhoven, which is normally another 90 minutes or so, but took a bit longer due to some crazy traffic in Antwerp. We had a hotel just on the edge of the town centre, which was good and bad. Good because we weren’t in the heart of Carnival (I know someone whose hotel room window was by the deejay booth) but we still had a bit of the crowd and noise.

So, if you’re interested in a nice quiet weekend in Eindhoven, don’t go during Carnival! Carnival is a Catholic tradition there and celebrates the last week before the fasting of Lent, much like Mardi Gras and other carnivals around the world. It’s a lot of crazy costumes, dancing and alcohol. People get loud, drunk, and they party hard!

We settled in and decided to wander around a bit and find a place to eat–always a bit of a chore in a different country. We walked around the town centre, which is a lot of shopping, restaurants, bars, and a pretty church before we did an internet search for a gluten-free restaurant. The site we used first wasn’t very helpful and most restaurants didn’t have options for us. Eventually, we tried a place called Vintage, which could make anything on their menu to suit us.

I must say with language barriers and such, I was a little nervous and I probably over-asked several questions, but the server we had was very nice about it.

After our meal, we walked back towards the hotel and had a good time watching everyone dressed in their craziest get-ups for the celebrations. Tents with loud music, alcohol, and crowds cropped up throughout the area.

Our second day was spent mostly at the National Swim Centre, which is an amazing place if you’re into swimming and pools. It’s a beautiful facility and was fascinating to wander around when we weren’t busy.

After our busy day, we were certainly hungry, so we drove back to the hotel. I messed up a bit and I’m still waiting for someone to mail a ticket to my house since then! I missed the little side path for the car and ended up in a bus lane then I got stuck behind someone making a left turn, which made me run a red light. Hopefully, there were no cameras!

That evening, we wandered through the now filthy streets in the town centre to find another restaurant. Our problem this time wasn’t finding a place that was gluten-free so much as finding a restaurant that had room. All of them were packed!

Finally, a really nice gentleman at Ilios found us a table. I love Greek food and this place didn’t disappoint. The manager/owner spoke very good English and was so nice, even apologising for the slower service when the small restaurant was packed to the gills! The service, in my opinion, hadn’t suffered at all.

Once we’d eaten, we wandered around the streets a bit, but people were rowdier and the streets were truly gross with beer bottles and garbage, so we headed back to the hotel to sleep.

The next day we woke to our last day in Eindhoven, we swam, and we made our return trip to the Eurotunnel in Calais. The trip back was without any traffic and the weather was decent. We made it to the Chunnel about an hour and forty minutes early for our scheduled train. We were offered an earlier train, made it through customs, and when we were through, it said that our train was preparing to board, so we drove through the maze and onto the train. We didn’t discover until after we were packed in like sardines that it was the train before ours. I suppose they have plans in place for that because we had no issues and we paid nothing extra. We just ended up back in the UK 30 minutes before we were supposed to. I wasn’t upset about that at all!

Just for laughs, me swimming. Not a pretty pic!

 

Off for another sports event! This time was to Eindhoven, Netherlands!

This time I drove and boarded the Eurotunnel (Chunnel) in my own car, which was a new experience in itself, so I’ll tell you about that too. 🙂  I booked the tunnel crossing online before we traveled. Though I learned that you have a two-hour window where you can take an earlier or later train, we still left ridiculously early in case there was traffic on the M-25 (“The largest car park in England” as I’ve heard it called.). We ended up arriving almost an hour early. You pull up to something like a toll booth, but it scans your license plate and your reservation comes up on a touch pad screen on the booth. We were given the option of a train 30 minutes earlier, which we took. The screen then prints out a hang tag for you to put on your mirror.

We had to scan our passports out of the UK and then had them checked by French customs as we drove into the complex that surrounds the trains. We stopped at the services since we had some time before boarding for the facilities and some water. Once we’d done both of those, the letter designation for our train came up on a huge screen and we hurried out and drove through the maze to get to the right train.

fromfrThere are people at every turn to ensure you go the right direction and then you drive into either the bottom or top level of a really tall train. We were on the top. Once you’re inside, your car goes into first with the parking brake/hand brake up or in park if your car is automatic, and you open any sunroofs and your windows at least half-way (I’m assuming for pressure).

The crossing is about 25 minutes and there is a very slight descent going down and back up. The only hint that you’ve changed depth is your ears popping.

You disembark pretty swiftly once you’re at Calais, and you’ve already gone through customs, so it’s just a matter of driving out and remembering to drive on the right instead of the left!

I made a stop at a wine store because you know, when in France! The coach driver took us to this particular one when we came into France on our way to Brussels earlier in the month, so I went to the same place. It’s called Franglais and I’ve found the people who work there to be kind.

From there we drove north into Belgium and stopped in Ghent (Gent when you’re in Belgium) because I wanted to see an old altarpiece painted by Van Eyck that is in St. Bavo’s Cathedral. We parked pretty close to the cathedral, but I missed the place to pay for parking. I found it when I returned, but don’t make the same mistake I did! I don’t know if I had a ticket, but I hope I didn’t. Nothing was on the window when we returned to the car.

Anyway! St. Bavo’s, which is named for the patron saint of Ghent, is built on the top of what was once the Chapel of St. John the Baptist. In 1038, the chapel was expanded and the expansions continued until it was completed in 1569. The chapel became a cathedral in 1559.

The cathedral is huge and absolutely beautiful. I will say that it was quite chilly, so if you’re visiting during winter months like we were, you’re going to want to have your coat! You’re not supposed to take pictures, though quite a few were doing it in the open. I wish mine were better, but I was trying to be a bit discreet about it. I am always a nervous ninny when I’m not supposed to do something.

We walked around the cathedral and eventually found the ticket box that we missed when we came in to the right of the entrance. You don’t pay admission for the cathedral, but you pay 4€ a person to see the Van Eyck altarpiece.

I could write an entire blog post on the altarpiece alone! It’s history is incredible. It’s often considered the most coveted and most stolen painting in history. Painted around 1432 by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck, it was once known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. It’s a polyptych work and is composed of a total of a total of 12 panels, which are painted front and back. Since its creation, the altarpiece has been disassembled, stolen by Napoleon, almost burned, sold or seized in pieces and even hidden from Hitler in WWII and later recovered by “The Monuments Men” according to a source I found recently. One piece was stolen in the 1930’s and has never been recovered, though a copy now sits in its place. The rest has been restored, and protected behind glass in a small room off the main part of the cathedral.

I do understand why it is kept behind glass, but one of my favourite parts of the work is its detail and I love to look at that up close, which I couldn’t do. It was a lot smoother than I expected but I don’t know if that was a result of the restoration process or because of the glass.

The cathedral has free listening guides to the altarpiece for those who are not familiar with the work or would like to learn more. My only complaint on the listening guides is there is nothing that tells you what number is what panel when you listen. They were informative, though I randomly plugged in numbers to listen to everything.

In the end, I have something checked off my bucket list and it was awesome to see. I have a couple of links below if you want to learn more about it.

 

 

Next week: Eindhoven and Carnival

 

 

Sources:  https://visit.gent.be/en/st-bavos-cathedral-0?context=tourist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Bavo’s_Cathedral,_Ghent
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghent_Altarpiece
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/dec/20/ghent-altarpiece-most-stolen-artwork-of-all-time
http://www.npr.org/2010/12/25/132283848/is-this-the-worlds-most-coveted-painting

We were looking for something for the kids a few weeks ago and I found this exhibit at the Horniman Museum for their Robot Zoo. Deciding to make a day of it, we decided to take the train since the tube ride was considerably shorter from the train station than the outermost tube station and the train is faster into London.

We made a late start and had a bit of fun navigating other trains to get to London since we missed the direct service, but we made it in and took the over 40 minute tube and London Overground ride to Forest Hill. It’s a neat part of town. A suburb really of London and was a fun one mile walk uphill to the museum. Now, there’s much more to the museum than just this Robot Zoo, but due to time and weather this time of year, we didn’t do everything the Horniman had to offer.

My children wanted to see the Robot Zoo and the Aquarium, so we paid for the two together as the rest of the museum is free. The Robot Zoo is downstairs and really in one large room. There were several animal “Robots” set up around the room, built to show and kind of explain different physiological features if you read the bits that go along with each. For example, Giraffe’s have a series of valves in their neck to prevent them from passing out from blood loss from raising and lowering their head, so the robot version had a series of valves as well. There were also other activities that went along with each animal featured.

The robots were colourful, imaginative, and interesting. I will say my youngest, at 9, is probably on the line to being too old for this exhibit. Most of the children there were quite young. It’s really geared towards younger children and while my 11-year-old did seem to enjoy herself, but said she would’ve preferred to stay at home with my eldest.

We then ventured down another level to the Aquarium. My children enjoyed the poison dart frogs, but the exhibition is actually rather small and I found it disappointing. It didn’t take long to wend our way through the tanks and make our way back upstairs.

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London Skyline

We walked through a portion of the natural history museum, but my children were beginning to complain of hunger and how they wanted to leave, so after a quick walk through a small part of the gardens (which has a great view of the London skyline, by the way!) we called it a day. We took the Overground and the tube to Borough Market and ate at a seafood restaurant right in the shadow of a neat old church, walked about Southwark, crossed Millennium Bridge, and from St. Paul’s walked to the tube to return to the train station.

 

After a quick trip to Platform 9 3/4 and a Hotel Chocolate store, we took the train back home!

The Robot Zoo runs at the Horniman through 29 October 2017.

 

 

Now, most people would travel to Brussels and stay a few days so they can see all the town has to offer, but when you’re travelling with a band of teenagers for a sports competition, that doesn’t happen. Despite this trip being a very short one, there were a number of firsts for me. This was the first time I travelled by any mode of transportation across the channel, or under in this case, and into Europe as well as my first time in France and Belgium; not that I saw much of France but a bit of Calais and the motorway. 🙂

So, the Chunnel was not quite what I expected. I did some research and given that I get claustrophobic in the weirdest of situations was a little concerned over that, the crossing wasn’t bad at all. When you arrive at the Folkestone Chunnel Crossing, you use your reservation to be admitted to the area and as a coach, we went through customs at a small services where there’s a Starbucks, a W.H. Smith, and a Duty Free shop. When the time came for us to board our reserved crossing, we loaded back onto our bus and drove through a maze to reach the train.

It’s amazing really because the coaches drive in from the end and once each car is loaded, glass panes with the train doors fold out and a metal retractable door that descends from the ceiling. There are public toilets in the first and last cars, so you can get out for those or to just stretch your legs, though you cannot walk between the cars in the event a parking brake/hand brake fails.

The descent under the English Channel is really gradual; you don’t notice that you ever really are going down or back up again other than a bit of popping of the ears. I opted to get off the coach and stand along the side because the buses tend to rock back and forth, which can be a bit like being in a boat. It was a much smoother crossing that way. Once the train begins moving, the crossing takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Brussels was larger than I expected, though a lovely town. We stayed in Grand Place, where there you have a choice of a number of hotels as well as touristy shops for entertainment. We arrived late afternoon, settled into our room, and then decided to walk around and look for a place to eat.

Grand Place is the central market square of Brussels and has its origins dating back to the 11th Century. As early as the 14th century, improvements began being made to the square, but those were destroyed in the late 17th century and the current buildings erected. Grand Place is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you haven’t been to Grand Place, it is a rather large square which has the City Hall and several guildhalls as well as the Maison du Roi (or King’s House) which contains the Museum of Brussels. The buildings are ornate and opulent Gothic and Baroque architecture, many decorated with gold paint or material and are even beautiful at night.

Most of the restaurants in this part of town have their menus outside of the door for people to peruse, but none had a gluten-free menu available from what we could tell. After a search online, we opted for Hard Rock Cafe. I haven’t been to a Hard Rock since I was a kid, but the staff was so nice and the food was very good, so we were happy.

Once we had some fun in the gift shop, we hit the first chocolate shop we found, which fortunately had great labelling for gluten. The chocolates from Bruyere were very good as well. While they had a great deal of places to buy Belgian Beer and Brussels lace, we walked around and enjoyed the area before we returned to our rooms to sleep.

Sorry about the quality of the photos. It was starting to darken and the rain did not help!

 

 

 

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/857

 

 

 

The answers for Part 1 are up at Austen Variations, so don’t forget to check yourself there too!

 

 

Ready? Let’s see how you did!

 

 

  1. What movie and what was the house’s name in that adaptation?

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Norland Park, Sense and Sensibility (with Emma Thompson)

 

 

 

 

2. This could be in more than one adaptation, so tell me the book and the location.

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The Cobb, Lyme Regis (These steps are called “Granny’s teeth.”

 

 

3. This one is easy peasy! What’s the name of the fictional house and which adaptation?

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Pemberley, Pride and Prejudice 2005 (Otherwise known as Chatsworth)

 

 

4. Hint: If you name the book/movie, you name the place!

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Northanger Abbey

 

 

 

 

5.  Whose house is this and what movie?

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Mr. Knightley, Emma (Gwyneth Paltrow version)

 

 

 

 

6. Where was this folly and what important scene happened here?

 

Temple of Apollo from a break in the trees

The folly was at Rosings in the 2005 P&P, Darcy’s failed proposal took place here.
(The folly is at Stourhead in Wiltshire in real life 🙂 )

 

 

 

7. This room has been in two of Jane Austen’s books as well as the movies. Which ones?

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The Pump Room in Bath are in both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey 

 

 

 

 

8. What fictional house is this and who walked there?

 

Recognise this?

Pemberley (P&P 1995), Darcy and Elizabeth 

 

 

 

9.  Which heroine grew up in this house? What is its name?

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Elizabeth Bennet, Longbourn (1995 P&P)

and the last one!!!

 

10. Which great fictional house is this and what movie does it come from?

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This was Rosings Park in the 1995 P&P

 

 

So, how did you do?

 

 

 

Photo credits:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Irland_2010.08.18_026.jpg by Ingo Mehling
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ClaydonHouseSWAnsicht.jpg by mym
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pump_Room_Bath_02.jpg  Immanuel Giel

Thanks to everyone who submitted their best guesses on this scavenger hunt post!

 

Congrats to Pam Hunter, who won the giveaway!

 

  1. “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey)

 

  1. One shoulder of mutton, you know, drives another down. – Mrs. Jennings (Sense and Sensibility)

 

  1. In essentials, I believe, he is much as he ever was – Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

 

  1. “My dear Alicia, of what a mistake were you guilty in marrying a man of his age! Just old enough to be formal, ungovernable, and to have the gout; too old to be agreeable, too young to die.” – Lady Susan (Lady Susan)

 

  1. “So you and I are to be left to shift by ourselves, with this poor sick child; and not a creature coming near us all the evening! – Mary Musgrove (Persuasion)

 

  1. I do not know whether it ought to be so, but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Emma Woodhouse (Emma)

 

  1. “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park)

 

  1. “One is never able to complete anything in the way of business, you know, till the carriage is at the door.” Mr. Parker (Sanditon)

 

  1. “What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer.” Col Fitzwilliam (Pride and Prejudice)

 

  1. “The one claim I shall make for my own sex is that we love longest, when all hope is gone.” – Anne Elliot (Persuasion)

If you haven’t taken the quiz at Austen Variations for Abigail Reynolds’ giveaway, then don’t forget to stop over there and follow the instructions there before you call it a day!

If you’ve come over from Austen Variations, then this is the quiz of locations from Austen movie adaptations! How well do you know your Austen? We’ve tested your knowledge of places from her life, now, to test your movie knowledge! For this giveaway, we have a signed copy of one of my books, this calendar of National Trust properties, two Jane Austen book postcards, and a pack of Austen Variations notecards.

 

 

Don’t forget to send your answers to ldiamond531@yahoo.com when you have them done to enter the draw!

 

 

Ready? Let’s get to it!

 

 

  1. What movie and what was the house’s name in that adaptation?

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2. This could be in more than one adaptation, so tell me the book and the location.

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3. This one is easy peasy! What’s the name of the fictional house and which adaptation?

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4. Hint: If you name the book/movie, you name the place!

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5.  Whose house is this and what movie?

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6. Where was this folly and what important scene happened here?

 

Temple of Apollo from a break in the trees

 

 

 

 

7. This room has been in two of Jane Austen’s books as well as the movies. Which ones?

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8. What fictional house is this and who walked there?

 

Recognise this?

 

 

 

 

9.  Which heroine grew up in this house? What is its name?

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and the last one!!!

 

10. Which great fictional house is this and what movie does it come from?

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Alrighty! Get those answers in to me at ldiamond531@yahoo.com for a chance at the giveaway!

And, if you haven’t taken the quiz for Abigail’s giveaway, do that here!

 

 

 

 

Photo credits:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Irland_2010.08.18_026.jpg by Ingo Mehling
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ClaydonHouseSWAnsicht.jpg by mym
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pump_Room_Bath_02.jpg  Immanuel Giel

So you’ve answered the first set of questions and now you are seeking the last set! (If you’ve happened upon this post first, then backtrack to Austen Variations for part one of the Scavenger Hunt! Once you’ve got these down, email them to me at ldiamond531@yahoo.com, and if you have them all correct, I will enter you in the drawing. If you can tell me which book the quote comes from, I will count it as bonus if you miss one of the others 🙂

 

 

So here we go on the second part!

 

6. “I do not know whether it ought to be so, but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”

7. “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

8. “One is never able to complete anything in the way of business, you know, till the carriage is at the door.”

9. “What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer.”

10. “The one claim I shall make for my own sex is that we love longest, when all hope is gone.”

 

Alrighty then! Email me those answers at ldiamond531@yahoo.com (I’m going to run to empty my email!) and tell me if I made it too hard below or at Austen Variations!

 

 

From the moment we crossed the first bridge, we followed the signs toward the Rialto Bridge and San Marco. Obviously, by my past posts, we did stop places along the way, shopping and sightseeing as we plodded along. Our main goal was to reach what everyone said we had to see.

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View from the Rialto Bridge (sorry about my son’s head!)

The Rialto Bridge is one of four bridges that cross the Grand Canal, designed by Antonio da Ponte and completed in 1591. In all honesty, you can’t miss it since it’s rather large and in a rather busy and congested portion of Venice as you pass through the Rialto market to get to it. It also has shops, such as the Hard Rock Cafe, on the bridge itself, so you cannot see the Grand Canal from the interior of the bridge, you have to pass through an archway to an outer ramp to take pictures of the Grand Canal.

 

From the Rialto Bridge, the Piazza San Marco is not far and is one of the main sights of Venice, containing Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doges Palace as well as a few other sites. Our first stop was Saint Mark’s, an Italo-Byzantine church completed in 1092! We’d heard it was a must see and was free to enter, which was lovely. My complaint was it was dark. Not so dark you couldn’t see, but I really would have liked to see the mosaics (Not just regular mosaics either! The background is gold glass tesserae-gold leaf encased in layers of glass.), which cover the wall in more detail, and it was really impossible to see all I wanted. Given the windows in the ceiling, I am certain a bit of it was the poor weather and the time of day since we toured near 5 pm, but we had poor weather both days in Venice. No matter what, our experience would have likely been the same. My other complaint–we weren’t allowed photos.

Now, one thing to note on Saint Mark’s! General admission to the building is free, and you can see most of the mosaic’s and the main portion of the church for nothing, but they do have certain artefacts and portions of the Basilica which require admission. For example, the Treasury has antiquities, even including a small animal mummy (My children found it and I don’t remember the animal. Sorry!) and some Greek/Roman pottery. The Presbytery is another part which requires admission.

Once we’d seen all of Saint Mark’s, we walked back out to take photos and then, walked down towards the water through the Piazetta and past Doges Castle. We took quite a few photos of the amazing view, though with the weather, though it was a bit foggy. From there, we turned left and walked down a ways before testing our skills and our sense of direction by taking whatever bridges we thought were in the correct direction to make it back to the tram. We ended up using the GPS/SatNav! Venice is a maze!

Our second day in Venice was rainy and more relaxed. We decided to play tourist shopper and walked through a lot of the gift shops and even boutiques (some felt no bigger than a walk-in closet!). I believe I warned everyone in the initial post to beware of the “Made in China” knock-off souvenirs. The handmade Carnivale masks are impressive and if you are looking for something small, not terribly expensive by comparison. There are also many shops touting, real Italian leather handbags. We found a distinct difference in the feel of the bag after shopping in one boutique rather than the touristy shop. Just be aware of what you are buying!

If you are celiac or gluten intolerant. Do not worry about finding food! Many restaurants offer either pizza or pasta, and sometimes both you can eat. We actually had a more difficult time finding bread and other “Sensa Glutine” items at the grocery store. Just beware the bakery windows! They look divine and I kept taking photos! I did enjoy the coffee and espresso drinks immensely, however, much to the chagrin of my nerves. 😉

We opted not to take a gondola ride as they were rather pricey for five people, though from what we discovered, you can haggle the price of the ride. 🙂

 

 

Sources for historical info:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_Bridge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Basilica
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_San_Marco#Description_of_the_Piazzetta
Photos St. Mark’s courtesy of:
tango7174 of St. Mark’s Basilica: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Veneto_Venezia2_tango7174.jpg
Dennis Jarvis of Pentecost at St. Mark’s https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venice_SMarco_Vault2.jpg

Seriously! I feel like New Year’s 2016 was just a few days ago and now it’s 2017. Does time have no sense of patience? My children are growing entirely too fast and I never have enough time in the day as it is without speeding things up. Oh well! Father Time

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I’ll get over it. I always do.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. They always sound nice and I’ve tried to make them in the past but in the end, I forget about them within a few weeks. I have a terrible memory as it is, so it’s just one more thing to try to remember. Though I suppose my vow to get this holiday weight off could be called a resolution. I went to spin last night, but was thwarted in my attempt at exercise this morning by my son. Can’t get to cross-training with an ill child at home–well, some days I can. Just not today. Grrr!

Particular Attachments is up to Chapter 14. I haven’t decided a definitive length yet. I suppose it depends on how the story progresses. I know where I want it to go, but not whether I will use my characteristic  30 chapters to tell it.

Don’t miss Jane in January this month at Austen Variations! I have no idea what I’m going to do, but hopefully, I’ll figure it out soon!!! If you have a suggestion, then feel free to put it in the comments below. I’m always open to suggestions 😉

A few of us also have something special we’re planning on unveiling in February near Valentine’s day at  Austen Variations as well, so look out for that, too!

The expat has one more post on Venice left, and then she needs to find somewhere to travel!

Gotta get back to writing, but I’d love to hear if you made any New Year’s resolutions this year. If you did and you can share (TMI not accepted! 😉  ) then please do!

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