A new lease on life...


Colorful buildings create a pretty scene on the narrow roads in small towns in Cornwall.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth
"Falmouth was the start and finishing point for both Robin Knox-Johnston and Ellen Mcarthur’s voyages around the world (Knox-Johnston in 1969 and Mcarthur in 2007) – sailing non-stop single-handedly."
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It's foggy, rainy and humid today but our hearts are filled with hope and optimism.  I am better...so much better it's indescribable.  After 6½ months, barely functioning as a frail, shaky, unsteady pain-ridden individual, I am now a completely different person, only five days after completely stopping all three of the heart medications with horrendous side effects.
We wandered through one small town after another, often finding this style of row houses on narrow roads.  Banners fly in the main part of town where the shops and restaurants are located.
I can walk.  I can climb stairs. My hands don't shake. My legs don't swell. I can breathe more deeply. I can bend over to pick something up off the floor when over this extended period I suffered dearly in attempting to do so.  No longer am I sleepy at 10 am, about the time the drugs kicked in having taken them at 7 am.

Three drugs no longer fill my little pill case; a statin (Crestor), Amiodarone, and Bisoprolol and the side effects of each are rapidly being released from my system.  
We love driving down these interesting roads in Cornwall.
Oh, I understand the statin enthusiasts who totally believe in these drugs but I dare anyone to find a valid study (not funded by Big Pharma) that says otherwise.  So far, the only report I can find is that statins may extend the patient's life by three days.  I'll give up three days for quality of life. 

I won't get on my Big Pharma soapbox here.  Each person must do what is best for them.  Please...do not stop any of these or other medications without consulting with your medical professional.  In some cases, there is an alternative medication that may be beneficial for a patient's heart condition.

Both the Amiodarone and Bisoprolol were prescribed for me for aFib, (irregular heartbeats and high pulse) which I do not have.  Taking medication for a condition you do not have is dangerous and may cause serious consequences.
Suddenly, there would be an opening through which we could savor the view.
No, I am not an expert on this topic nor other medical topics.  But, I decided to take my own life into my own hands, as risky as it may have been since I knew if I didn't the remainder of my life, albeit short, would have been as a frail, shaky, unsteady pain-ridden individual.  

Perhaps the final road to my full recovery is yet in the future.  My right thigh still has a painful hematoma that requires I sleep with a pillow between my knees.  The remainder of the horrific wound on my lower left leg still has a way to go to fully recover but is doing well.  The incision in my chest continues to be painful to the touch and may hurt during certain movements.
Many of these attached properties are actually single-family homes.
On occasion over these past five days, I feel a little breathless but it passes quickly.  This is normal in the first year after bypass surgery.  I don't panic and I totally relax to find breathing easier a few minutes later.  In time, all of this will pass simply through the healing process but at least drugs aren't paralyzing me.

Tom and I discussed what would have happened had I not weaned off these drugs.  I would have been wandering through my life in a haze of exhaustion, pain, immobility, and despair.
Boat lift in Maylor, Cornwall.
One of the most common residual effects of bypass surgery is PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  The trauma to one's psyche as well as their body is astounding.  Somehow, although I felt anxious at times, I wasn't depressed nor had symptoms of PTSD.  I was sick from drugs.

Although I didn't have the daily face-to-face support of family and friends, I had Tom at my side.  He never wavered in his attentive care and emotional support.  He did everything for me.  Now, I'm attempting to encourage him to let me do things for myself, carry a grocery bag, cook a meal or lift anything over five pounds.  

Yes, it will take time to rebuild my muscles and build strength and stamina.  Here in Falmouth, the house is too small for indoor walking and its raining outdoors.  
This bike advertised the local business behind it, a bicycle repair shop.
But the frequent walks on the hilly road on a sunny day will serve me well.  Today, I've set my timer to go off every 20 minutes when I'll walk up the stairs to the second level and then back down.  Good exercise.  My goal is to be able to do multiple flights at a time.

Thank you to all of our readers who have stood beside me during this lengthy struggle.  I apologize for perpetually discussing this topic but when I didn't many readers would inquire wondering how I am doing.  Now, I can let this go and if anything changes good or not-so-good, I will share it here.

"They" say writing down how you feel is vastly therapeutic.  Could it be that I averted depression by being able to share what I was going through with all of you?  I always had a voice.  I always had YOU!

Be well.  Be happy.
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Photo from one year ago today, August 31, 2018:
This was our first daytime giraffe visit at this house.  For more photos, please click here.

A sunny day drive into wonderland...


Look at the numbers of sailboats moored in this bay!
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth
" In 2016 Falmouth was named best coastal community at the Great British High Street Awards and in 2018 Falmouth has been named as one of the 'best places to live in Britain' by The Sunday Times."
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We can easily see why the above statement under "Fascinating Fact About Falmouth" referring to Falmouth as one of the "best places to live in Britain."  This is so true.  

If a potential resident can tolerate the "no assigned parking" on the majority of the streets near High Street, the center of town and are willing to walk up and down many steep hills when out and about, this town has it all.
"The historic parish church of St Gluvias, dedicated to Gluvias of Cornwall (or Gluviacus) serves the Church of England parish of St Gluvias with Penryn. Gluvias of Cornwall was the son of Gwynllyw the warrior, King of Gwentlog, and a nephew of St Petroc. The church was founded in the 6th century and the parish was in the Middle Ages sometimes called Behethlan or Bohelland. In 1881 the church was in a dilapidated state and in need of thorough repair. It was rebuilt by J. P. St Aubyn in 1883 although the medieval tower survived and is built of blocks of granite. The church contains the brass of Thomas Kyllygrewe, c. 1485. There are also three wall-monuments of interest: Samuel Pendarves, d. 1693, and his wife; William Pendarves, d. 1671, and his wife (both are curiously positioned with the figures which should face each other on either side of the corners of a window opening); and J. Kempe, d. 1711, bust under drapery."
Beauty, outstanding views from almost every location, mild weather in the summer months, friendly people, a quaint ambiance and a sense of welcoming may be instrumental in making this a perfect place for a move or retirement.

However, I can't stress how vital it is for a new resident to be fairly fit to be able to tackle the steep hills.  Long terms residents are probably in fairly good condition if they've been walking these hills for years.

Since the "action" on High Street includes grocery stores, shops, restaurants, and even a movie theater and is easily accessible "distance-wise" from many streets in this neighborhood and, parking in town is at a premium, walking is a great way to get around.
The graveyard at St. Gluvias Church in Penryn, Cornwall.
As a matter of fact, on Sunday night, we have a reservation for the "Sunday Roast" at the local Boathouse Pub and Restaurant which is close enough that we can walk.  It's hilly but we've already tried it a few times and I can make it up and back.

To give up one's parking spot for such close proximity to the pub makes no sense at all.  On Sunday night, everyone may be home and finding a new spot will be nearly impossible.

Soon, once Tom finishes watching the last Minnesota Vikings pre-season game, we'll be off again.  Its time to grocery shop, most likely for the last time with us leaving Falmouth a week from today, and we hope to plan to purchase sufficient groceries to last through the week.  
The side entrance to St. St. Gluvias Church.
We also plan to dine out on our last night here, Thursday and have already selected another highly-rated establishment on High Street.  Today, we'll head to the pharmacy, the fishmongers market and the Tesco grocery store, some of which is too far to walk from place to place.  

Tom will drop me off at the pharmacy and I'll meet him at Tesco a short time later.  It's only a block or two and now as the pain in my legs continues to improve, I'll be able to make it.

Yesterday, we hit the road again driving to several picturesque little towns on the opposite sides of the bay.  As the crow flies, it may have been a five-minute drive to the first town of Flushing but driving on the narrow, often one-car lanes, took quite a while.
Another area of the graveyard.
We drove on to little town after another reveling in the uniqueness and beauty of each area.  Some tourists wandered about the center of each town but nothing like how many there are in Falmouth which is a port of call for many cruise ships which are older and considerably smaller than we've experienced.

On several occasions, we found parking spots in and approaching the small towns stopping to walk to taking photos.  It was a blissfully sunny day and we couldn't have more enthused to be out.

I surprised myself how much easier it was to walk up and down the many stairs and hills, we encountered along the way.  At times, Tom stayed with the car when there was nowhere to park, while I took off on foot on my own to get better photos.
Last posted church bulletin.
It was the first time I'd taken on such a challenge in almost seven months and I felt energized and refreshed being able to make it up and back to the various venues, mostly churches, mostly up and down hills, without getting out of breath with heart racing by the time I reached the car.  

I'm hopeful for the future, more now than ever then, I dared allow myself to be.  But, you know how it is, as soon as we mention something improving, the next day can prove to be tough.  So I play it by ear, one day at a time until I can freely feel confident that I've fully healed.

May your Friday and upcoming weekend be filled with many wonderful surprises.  For those in the US, please have a safe Labor Day weekend!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 30, 2018:
This male ostrich appeared comfortably seated in the middle of a driveway of a bush home.  For more photos, please click here.

Staggering beauty in the seaside country...


Ruins at the shoreline at an overlook.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth
"It was following the development of the docks in 1858 and the introduction of railway services in 1863, that the town began to thrive as tourism and business prospered."
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Today, our photos are a bit hazy due to a cloudy overcast day which is not uncommon in England. Sunshine is a hot commodity here in the UK even during the summer months.
Sailboats in the harbor.
The expectation of sunny days is foolhardy and planning outdoor activities for the future is risky, often resulting in disappointment. This weather is not unlike the weather in Ireland which we left a mere three weeks ago when we flew to Amsterdam to embark on the Baltic cruise.  
As is the case in Ireland, there appear to be more cloudy days than sunny.  As a result, we do our best to take sunny day photos.  However, we don't allow the sun to dictate when we venture out or not.  As long as it's not pouring rain, we'll head out.
Young men sitting on rocks overlooking the bay.
None the less, we've had opportunities to see some beautiful areas on sunny days or not.  Also, what starts as a sunny day can become totally overcast in minutes.
We're enjoying our time here.  The house is comfortable and the views are beyond description.  At times, we've found ourselves on the veranda at night in the dark, staring at the boats in the harbor and the stars in the sky  when its clear. 
Cloudy day views across the bay.
There's always something magical about being near water, whether its overlooking a pond, a lake, a river, a stream or the vast expanse of the ocean.  Our eyes are drawn to its etherial qualities, leaving us mesmerized and enchanted.

Yesterday afternoon I spent over an hour on a Skype call (using our Skype phone number, not Skype video chat) with my dear friend Karen in Minnesota. I took my phone upstairs to the bedroom to talk to her for a little "girl time."  
Houses and boat across the harbor.
Like Tom, who doesn't have an opportunity to interact with his old friends, except visa Facebook quips here and there, occasionally I long for some of the candid chatter women are so good at.  

This is not intended to imply men aren't capable of this kind of talk but many women seem to gravitate to one another for intimate conversations. It truly was therapeutic talking to my friend Karen as it is when I speak to other girlfriends I left behind.  It a by-product of this lifestyle we chose almost seven years ago.
Lighthouse at a distance on a cloudy day.
Now, with eight days remaining in Falmouth, we find ourselves savoring every moment.  Many times during the day as well, we run out to the veranda to gaze at a passing sailboat, a flock of birds, a special boat in the bay and of course, the cruise ships as they come into the port.  It's truly wonderful!

We'll be back with more photos tomorrow after we venture out for a while on this sunny day (so far).
The shoreline is craggy and uneven in many areas but sandy beach scenes will be posted tomorrow.
Have a spectacular day!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 29, 2018:
Wildebeest Willie hung around for several hours, resting and eating a few pellets from time to time.  He makes good eye contact, letting us know exactly what he wants.  Do I detect a morsel of love in those looks?  Could be.  For more photos, please click here.

A walk in the hilly neighborhood...


Vegetables for sale in a front garden.  We selected a zucchini and a small pumpkin.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth:
   "Falmouth was originally known as Smithwick, home to the Killigrew family at Arwenack Manor. In 1613 John Killigrew began to build houses around the harbor, despite opposition from the ancient towns of Helston, Penryn and Truro and a new town began to immerge, split into two hamlets called Smithicke and Pennycomequick. Finally, in 1660, King Charles II decreed that they should be known as Falmouth."
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As of three days ago, I am officially "off" the heart medication Bisoprolol which had caused me serious side effects including difficulty breathing, difficulty walking, extreme exhaustion and a constant feeling of general malaise.
This is the sign for the produce garden products.  We dropped the appropriate coins in the letterbox after we'd selected a few vegetables.
The side effects of the withdrawal of the medication may include dangerously high heart rate, excessively high blood pressure, breathing problems and serious palpitations.  

During this gradual withdrawal process I experienced infrequent episodes of all of the above but for short periods only, no more than a few minutes at most.  Knowing the possible withdrawal symptoms, I stayed calm and made my way through it all.
Plant prices were marked and offered for sale in the homeowner's front garden.
Within minutes, my readings would return to normal.  Once I was down to ¼ of the original dose, these side effects dissipated completely.  I stayed on that dose for another week and three days ago I stopped completely.

I hadn't planned to reduce the dose while on the cruise but since the process seemed to be going well, I continued on, checking my pulse and blood pressure a few times each day which were normal except for one night early on.  As I patiently continued, those ill effects have ceased.
This sign is located in the garden by the plants for sale.
This drug among others I recently stopped may remain in one's cells for many months still serving up side effects.  I'm hoping I will make it through the upcoming months without incident and be free of these toxic drugs.

(If you are prescribed any of these mentioned drugs, please see your physician for changing of stopping your medication.  Some patients must be hospitalized during the weaning process when doing so may cause a heart attack. Proceed with caution.  We are not offering any medical advice nor are we qualified to do so).
A Black Rose Aeonium.
The literature included with this last drug stated three days after gradual withdrawal, the incidence of side effects may begin to lessen.  I started noticing a dramatic improvement yesterday on day 2.

As a matter of fact, for the first time since the surgery on February 12, 2019, Tom and I went for a walk in the neighborhood, taking the photos included here yesterday and today (post found here).

No, during the 30-minute walk, I wasn't totally free of pain in my legs but I did considerably better than I'd done while on tour in St. Petersburg.  The hills are steep in most of Falmouth based on the terracing of homes for the outstanding ocean views.  Walking on the local streets is a challenge for most people, let alone me in my weakened condition.  
Fuzzy burgundy blossom spotted on the walk.  Any ideas what this many be?
It's not so much that I run out of breath when walking but more so having to deal with the fierce pain in my legs.  Now, as I continue to progress we'll walk more and more taking advantage of those hills to aid in my recovery.  I only push me as far as I can go, stopping frequently as needed.  

Today, we'll stay in on a rainy day.  There's no point in risking a fall on the cobblestone streets in the rain.  Instead, I'm busy around the house, organizing and repacking my messy suitcase.  We leave here in nine days for the next location but fortunately, we'll be driving, not flying.
We made a reservation for the "Sunday Roast" which we'd had at a restaurant while in South Kensington, London in 2014 at the Andover Arms.  Here's the link from that date.   Fantastic meal.  Hope to be so once again.  Check back on Monday for details.
With the towel situation resolved and a bottle of Prosecco for our inconvenience delivered by a wonderful neighbor, Sheena, we're willing to provide a good review if everything continues as it appears from here on.  

We're loving the beautiful location and the house is fulfilling our needs with good Wi-Fi, constant electricity, running water and a very comfortable bed.  The fridge is tiny but we've adapted and every three days we shop for perishables.

Have a pleasant day and evening.
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Photo from one year ago today, August 28, 2018:
We visited the Railway Museum in Livingstone, Zambia.  Here is a steam engine, reminding us of "Thomas" trains, appropriately named, built-in 1919.  For more photos, please click here.

Struggling with sorrowful situations...

The Artina Phoenix Reisen, with 1260 passengers, built-in 1984, is a passenger ship, arrived in the Falmouth port this morning.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth:
"Falmouth Harbour and the Carrick Roads form the third deepest natural harbor in the world and the deepest in Western Europe."
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It's a glorious morning in Falmouth England.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and a cruise ship is docked at the Falmouth Pier while passengers disembark to savor this stunning town and surrounding areas.  

We were able to take a photo of a portion of the ship, part of which is obscured by a building.  Perhaps later we'll walk down to the road for a better photo.  But, today our hearts are heavy.

This morning as the sun began to rise, Tom captured this photo with the sun's reflection in the bay.
Someone we love has been diagnosed with cancer and we pray she'll find a path to recovery and healing.  Our love, hearts, and prayers are with her until we can be at her side in 73 days.  (In an effort to protect her privacy, we aren't disclosing who this is and the depth and breadth of her condition).

As we've learned, particularly in the past seven months, that joyfully traveling the world, in love with life and one another, doesn't make us exempt or free from the sadness associated with disappointment, heartbreak, and sorrow.  
Morning sunrise with more reflections in the bay.
Often, others perceive our lives of world travels to primarily consist of the pleasure and fulfillment one might experience on a non-stop holiday/vacation.  Not the case.  

As "they" say, "Everywhere we go, there we are."  There's no escaping the realities of life, much over which we have little to no control. As I struggle to re-learn to walk less tentatively, I realize, perhaps for the first time in years, that regardless of a degree of sheer will and determination, not everything can be overcome.
Sunrise in Falmouth Bay.
Oh yes, there are theories that clearly promise that healing can come from meditation, mindfulness, and prayer.  And, perhaps, there is a certain element of fact in these modalities when we exercise our hearts and minds to heal and ultimately recover.

Is the reality such that "we can't control what comes our way?" But we can control how we react to what comes our way.  And, can it be that our reaction has a profound effect on the outcome?  With that, I totally agree.
All Saints Church in the center of the town.
I've been no hero or example of strength and fortitude over this past almost seven months filled with pain, worry, and frustration.  Many have so kindly written praising me for "being tough and strong."  I appreciate these comments wholeheartedly (no pun intended).

However, my reality remains...I merely have done my best to get through this, emotionally and physically intact.  That's all any of us can do.  We have the option to "give up" or continue on. But most of us have a powerful commitment to ourselves and those we love to heal and recover.
Clock atop the Packet Quay, where vacation rentals are located.
I will admit I did exercise a high degree of self-control in an effort to avoid self-pity and hopelessness by not complaining aloud.  The story can be shared but not in an attempt to elicit sympathy, although a tinge of compassion goes a long way when I haven't been able to keep up the pace.

I've seen this compassion from our readers when over the past months, expressing a deep understanding and compassion over my inability to write at times, to take photos, and to get out sightseeing to add depth and interest to our site.
Alternate view of the cruise ship in port.
Believe me, if it hadn't been for all of you, I could easily have become a "couch potato" lounging day and night.  Instead, I was keenly aware of the fact that our readers expected a "little action" and thus motivating me to get out and do more and more.  This proved to be a blessing in disguise.

For those who are worrying about a loved one's illness, there's no easy answer.  Not everyone wants to include other family members and friends during a difficult time.  We must respect this and simply let them know we care.  It's not about us and how we react.  Its all about them and the process that lies ahead and how they choose to handle it.
Our love and prayers to our loved ones and yours, who struggle to find peace and resolution, in their own challenges.

Be well.
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Photo from one year ago today, August 27, 2018:
Lots of kudus by the steps to the veranda.  We couldn't hand out pellets quickly enough.  For more photos, please click here.

A fantastic road trip in Cornwall, England...


Arriving across the bay, we captured this view looking back to our house.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth
    "The town, which has a population of about 21,800, is one of the oldest and busiest ports in Cornwall, with a deep, sheltered, working harbor and docks which is one of the biggest employers in the region."
Colorful series of apartments on a hilly road.
    As often the case in many parts of the world, the day starts out sunny and a few hours later a cloud cover monopolizes the skies.  Such was the case yesterday when after two days of blissful sunshine, the clouds rolled in no more than five minutes after we left the house.
Realizing that we were completely out of photos, we knew, regardless of the weather, we needed, and wanted, to continue on.  We spent most of the afternoon, which was well-spent, as we often stopped on the side of the road to take photos and gawk at the gorgeous scenery.
Many roads lead down a steep hill to the sea.
We couldn't help but be thrilled to see each sleepy beach town while on the scenic route following along the coastline.  We'd heard about many of these special areas and reveled in their beauty and uniqueness in each case.
Not all buildings are in good repair.
As we meandered the coastline on the easy-to-maneuver scenic route, we wandered off to many side streets and often were pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous homes, neatly trimmed gardens, and ocean views.

When we reached a particularly scenic spot with parking space, we exited the car to savor the view.  Over the next few days, we'll be sharing our photos, albeit cloudy days photos and plan to head out once again on Wednesday after the cruise ships will be gone.  
Utility boats in the harbor.
With a few thousand passengers disembarking the ships to explore this special area, we're better off to wait until the crowds thin out.  Also, school starts the first week in September which will result in less traffic on the narrow roads.
Cruise ships often dock at this port enabling passengers to visit the charming town and other points of interest.
Each time the sun peeks out we head out to the veranda to savor the sunshine, the warmth, and the views.  Yes, there are some inconveniences here but the town and its surrounds, easily make up for them and we're delighted to be here.

When we'd completed the scenic drive for the day, we drove back the market in Falmouth, located where all the action is.  Parking is a definite challenge.  Tom dropped me off while I shopped.  
Typical for most sea towns, every inch of space is utilized.
He'd taken off to find a parking spot and then joined me in the store to finish up the shopping and bag the groceries.  We both walked up the steep hill to where the car was parked and I surprised myself on how well I made it up that hill.

As far as my ability to walk, it's still limited and quite a challenge.  Today, I stopped the last small dose of bisoprolol.  In two to three days, I'll know if I weaned off it too quickly and if necessary, go back to a very small dose to start a new tapering over a slower period.
This style of house and grounds may be found anywhere in the US.
In the past six weeks, I've stopped three drugs that were causing me serious side effects and profoundly affecting my quality of life.  No doubt, it will take time for the side effects to fully diminish.  I've read it can take as long as a year.  I must stay active, positive and be patient. I'm fully committed.

Thanks for visiting once again.  Much more on this lovely area will follow.
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Photo from one year ago today, August 26, 2018:
In Marloth Park, when it took a few minutes for Tom to mix up the bowl of raw scrambled eggs, the mongooses began walking up the steps to the veranda.  For more photos, please click here.

Life as we know it has begun in Falmouth, England...Settling in...


The crowds were considerably less today as opposed to Friday night when we shopped for groceries at the "downtown" Tesco Supermarket.
 It's quite a comforting feeling to become settled into a new home whether it be for weeks or months.  In this case, renting a holiday home in the picturesque Falmouth, England causes us to realize we won't be here for long.

With only 12 days remaining (September 6, 2019) until we depart for the next location, we plan to savor every moment, while living in this stunning seaside town, filled with scenes us ocean-lovers only imagine in our dreams.
The roads are narrow especially between parked cars in the area of our holiday home.  Parking is not assigned nor is there a parking fee.  However, it's not easy finding a parking spot nearby.
As mentioned in yesterday's post (click here for details) we've encountered a few issues with the property that apparently the owner had never experienced in the past...lack of attention to detail by cleaners.  We tried to be patient.

Finally, two days after we arrived, the next-door neighbor dropped by with a stack of towels we can use during our time here.  I suppose the owner called the neighbor (a friend) hoping she could attend to the towel situation.  It wasn't easy living without towels for two days.  We'd never experienced such an anomaly.
The Packet Quays, a holiday rental complex crosses over the road creating an interesting scene.
Yes, we could have gone to a store and purchased towels but that wasn't our agreement.  If we'd done so, we anticipated we'd have a hard time getting reimbursed for BPS $81.44, US $100, worth of towels.  

When we booked this property the listing specifically stated: "towels not included."  We'd never heard of such a thing.  Every holiday home has towels.
When we negotiated the rental with the owner, we asked that towels be included and he sent us an email agreeing to do so.
I had no choice but to take photos through the windshield when there was no way to stop on the narrow road.
OK...enough about towels.  It's now resolved.  As for the remainder of the challenges, we mentioned in yesterday's post (found here), we're adapting as we often must do when we're staying in a new location.

I'm making it up and down the stairs to the second level each time I need to use the bathroom.  Ultimately, I believe this will be good for me forcing me to get more adept at going up and down steps, of which there are many in every direction including many steep roads.
The quaint and charming town of Falmouth is a visitor's paradise.
Without having any laundry done while on the ship after they'd raised the price to BPS 28.51, US $35, for a relatively small paper bag we each had no less than three loads to fit in the front-loading washer.  Yesterday, we did all of mine and today, we're getting Tom's three loads underway.  

Today, it was sunny up until we went out for a drive our first since our arrival two days ago.  Cloudy weather is expected in England.  It's often cloudy and rainy.  We're savoring every moment when the sun peeks out, sitting outdoors on the veranda savoring the heart-pounding view.  It's cool but when the sun is shining we are comfortable.  
There is an endless array of shops and restaurants in this delightful area.
Now, as I write this, I see more and more clouds rolling in and imagine there will be a dark cloud cover by the end of the day.  However, as we've often mentioned in past posts, we don't mind bad weather as long as we get an occasional sunny day.  
Many shops and restaurants have interesting British names, often humorous and light-hearted.
There's plenty to see and do while here.  Today, after Tom watched the Minnesota Vikings football game from last night, we headed out on a long drive searching for photo ops to share here.  There are plenty!  I'm particularly anxious to get out after staying in all day yesterday while we unpacked and started laundry.
Boats moored in the bay.
May your Sunday be filled with beautiful scenery and balmy breezes.
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Photo from one year ago today, August 25, 2018:
An old massive elephant resting his trunk on his tusk.  We saw this only one other time in the Maasi Mara in 2013.  Here's the link to that post where there are some shocking photos we'd taken at that time including lions! Here's the link to the year-ago post.