No hurricane yet...Passion...


An inviting hammock in the side yard of the garden.
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon: 
From this site:
"Devon has the country's only 16-sided house (see photo below):
If you're ever filling in a request list on Zoopla making it clear what your house must have - three bedrooms, parking, nearby school, must be a hexakaidecagon, (in mathematics, a hexadecagon is sometimes called a hexakaidecagon or 16-gon which is a sixteen-sided polygon) you won't be in much luck. The only 16-side house in the country is A La Ronde in east Devon. It was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe in the late 18th century The interior decoration includes a feather frieze, gathered from native game birds and chickens, laboriously stuck down with isinglass and a shell-encrusted gallery, said to contain nearly 25,000 shells. Sounds like it was designed by Laurence Llewelyn Bowen after a head injury - but actually worth a visit."

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This morning's weather report reads as follows:
It comes as Britain braces itself for one of Europe's strongest-ever hurricanes to bring 80mph gales and 16ft waves from Thursday. Six hundred-mile wide Hurricane Lorenzo is forecast to hit the Azores off Portugal with 100mph winds on Tuesday then spin close to Britain by Thursday, the Met Office said."
-13 hours ago."

There's even mention of the possibility of snow.  To our surprise, it snows in the UK, primarily in Scotland but also in Wales where we'll be in 11 days.  But, most of the snow (not substantial amounts) occurs in the months of January and February and often only in the mountains, which won't have an impact on us since we'll be long gone.
The paddock we can easily see from the living room window.
Sadly, most of our time here is spent indoors with the heavy rains day after day.  When the sun makes an appearance it only for a few minutes.  On many occasions when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, we'd begin readying ourselves to take off on a road trip and moments later, we were removing our shoes and rain jackets when the rain had returned.

We've resigned ourselves that this is the way it is going to be over the next 11 days.  Instead of fussing over this situation, we're exploring the farm as soon as the rain stops and the sun emerges. 
Our favorite big duck.
Living on this farm is truly enchanting.  At any hour of the day, we hear the myriad ducks, geese, and chickens making endlessly varying sounds along with the baaing of the sheep only 20 meters (65 feet) from the house.  Its all music to our ears.

In all falls in line with our passion for animals which we've been able to foster in many locations throughout the world.  No doubt, we've lived in many areas where wildlife was rarely spotted nor did we encounter any barnyard animals.

This doesn't mean we haven't had a good experience in those areas.  It's merely a different experience.  Instead, we focus on the area's history, architecture, and scenery whether its a quaint village or big city.  There is always something that stands out as unique and fascinating.
Ducks considering their next move.
Of course, there is always the people and that above all is the passion we share regardless of where we may be.  One of the main reasons we enjoy cruises (the next occurring in 24 days), is the opportunity to meet new people and on occasion, encounter a few we've met on past cruises.

The main means of enhancing the cruise experience for us is to dine in the main dining room for both breakfast and dinner at a "sharing" table.  Occasionally, we'll have breakfast in the buffet and there again, we may meet other passengers sitting at a table they're happy to share.  We've made many friends throughout the world on cruises.

We seldom dine in the specialty restaurants for two reasons; one, the added cost and, two, the circumstances are such whereby it's difficult to meet others when most tables in the specialty restaurants are for two people.  We're perfectly content with the food in the main dining room, which at times may be mediocre at best.
These ducks and chickens are on a mission.
However, we don't cruise for the food.  Many passengers do, finding the all-you-can-eat aspect most appealing.  We can eat all we want when we're cooking our own delicious meals.  We don't need to be on a cruise to do this.  

The only limitation we place upon ourselves when preparing our meals is to avoid overeating and gaining weight.  We can't be in a position where we don't fit into the few clothes we each have in our one suitcase.

Mondays keep coming quicker and quicker.  It must be a by-product of aging.  the days flying by in a blur of pleasant experiences, good conversation, accomplishing tasks and planning for the future.  It's all good.

Have a fantastic Monday! 
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Photo from one year ago today, September 30, 2018:
A little affection between two warthogs in the garden. For more photos, please click here.

Hurricane Lorenzo coming this way...A useful greenhouse on the farm...


Renate suggested we pick all the tomatoes and other vegetables remaining in
the greenhouse.
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon: 
From this site:
"Devon was the last place in the country to execute witches:
By the late 1600s, the rest of the country had given up executing people as witches and instead started giving them columns in the Daily Mail. But the last English executions for witchcraft happened in Exeter in 1682 and 1685. Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards, and Mary Trembles, of Bideford, died in 1682 and Alice Molland died in 1685 in Heavitree. They were accused of causing illness and death by the black arts."
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We selected a few of the larger ripe tomatoes and a variety of cherry and grape tomatoes.
We are not worried about Hurricane Lorenzo based on the fact we are not living on the coast but instead are located inland in Devon as shown on this map below:
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We are located north of Exeter in Section 22, as shown on this map and south of Tiverton,
in Section 29 in this map.
This morning we spotted information from a few news sources.

From this site, Metro News, published within the past hour:

"The UK could be hit by 70mph winds and torrential rainfall when the remains of Hurricane Lorenzo arrive next week.

The UK could be hit by 70mph winds and torrential rainfall when the remains of Hurricane Lorenzo arrive next week. The country was struck by heavy rain overnight and the bad weather is set to continue when the storm sweeps across Britain on Thursday. 

The Met Office said there was a potential for Lorenzo to bring strong winds and flooding and described the weather system as a ‘real beast’. Hurricane Lorenzo has strengthened into a Category 5 storm in the central Atlantic Ocean, making it the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. 

The US National Hurricane Centre said late yesterday night the storm has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (257 kph). Lorenzo is moving north at 10 mph (16 kph) and is centered about 1,410 miles (2,269 kilometres) southwest of the Azores, a Portuguese island chain.
Hurricane Lorenzo
Map of the expected course of hurricane Lorenzo from this site.
Yellow weather warnings were put in place from 6pm on Saturday to 5pm on Sunday, warning of persistent rain and a risk of flooding across the north-west and south-west of England and Wales. 
Lettuce next to a with a fallen apple with a butterfly.
Areas such as Devon and Cornwall could see coastal gales of up to 50mph, while between 30mm and 40mm of rain is expected to fall within the warning area over the weekend. Cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Bangor, Swansea, and Cardiff are also covered by the weather warning."
  
Based on our location and this map we could experience heavy winds and rain in the next 24 to 48 hours.  We were hoping to head to Tiverton tomorrow morning to shop but if high winds and torrential rains have commenced, we may have to head to the tiny shop in Witheridge to get what we need for a few days.  
Two ducks sitting on the fence at Pond Cottage.
Right now, we're considering driving to Tiverton to at least get our shopping done.  With many shops closing at 4 pm today, we won't have much time and need to head out shortly.  
The fall remains of what must have been a lovely flower garden during the spring and summer months.
We'll report back with updates.  In the interim, speaking of updates, we did finally receive the refund from Easirent of EU 2100, US $2297.62 (as of today's values).  What a relief!

At the moment, it's raining but there is no wind so it may be best we get on our way.
A few flowers remain in the cooler weather.
Have a fantastic day!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 29, 2019:

Elephant's feet must carry a lot of weight: "Elephants are the largest living terrestrial animals. The average male African bush elephant is 3.20 m (10.5 ft) tall at the shoulder and has a body mass of 6,000 kg (13,228 lb), whereas the average female is 2.60 m (8.53 ft) tall at the shoulder and have a mass of 3,000 kg (6,614 lb)."  For more photos, please click here.

One year ago...Time flies, blah, blah, blah...A favorite year...


This lamb is half the size of the others.  Renate explained she never grew to full size due to a genetic.
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon, Cornwall: 
From this site:"
Devon has Europe's Oldest Cinema:
Torbay Picture House was opened on 16 March 1914 and is believed to be the oldest surviving purpose-built cinema in Europe. In its early days, it featured a 21-piece orchestra, with each member paying a guinea to perform. There are 375 seats: 271 in the stalls, 104 in the circle, plus three private boxes at the back seating an additional eight. A project is currently underway to bring it back into use. We can't say for sure, but the first film shown was probably the original Police Academy."
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"They say that time flies when you're having fun."  We've found that time flies regardless of how much fun we're having. During the past difficult last three months in South Africa flew by in a blur, from February to May 2019, waiting for me to heal enough to fly to Ireland.
One of the entrance gates to Renate and John's 500-year-old seven-bedroom house.
Now, as we recall Ireland and the three months we spent in Connemara from May to August 2019, passed so quickly, the memories seem distant and far removed from our reality.

Now, as I'm quickly returning to my "old" self (old, indeed) we're able to look back to our 15 months in Marloth Park, South Africa, focusing on the amazing months we spent in my favorite place in the world.
The lush green pasture.
It was about one year ago that I found myself saying to friends and perhaps even posting that I was in the midst of experiencing "the best year of my life."  With our many friends close at hand with an outrageously busy social life and of course, the constant flow of wildlife both at "home" and in Kruger National Park, life couldn't have been more pleasing.

Regardless of the hot weather, the mozzies, the insects and the prospect of snakes at every turn, we found ourselves entrenched in the magic that living in the bush offers.

Some have asked, "Did the cardiac by-pass surgery and its long and painful recovery tarnish any of our South African experience?"
The sheep in this particular paddock had been sick or have some disability.
No doubt, the last three months in Marloth Park were difficult, especially when I was too ill to be able to go out onto the veranda to interact with our wildlife friends, until the last few weeks before we departed in May.  

However, I'll still stand by my statement that the first 12 months we spent in Marloth Park as being the favorite year of my life since we'd begun our travels almost seven years ago. It was a dream fulfilled.

The proverbial question is...will we return?  Our hopes remain that immigration will allow us to return and remove our status as "undesirables" for the three months we overstayed during my recovery.  
This is the biggest goose we've ever seen.
We're scheduled to return on a cruise from Lisbon to Cape Town in November 2020, hoping to stay in Marloth for another three months, minus the few days we'll spend in Cape Town.  
If we don't receive the waiver, we'll have to cancel that Azamara cruise and possibly lose our GBP 892, US $1100 deposit we paid long before I became ill.  We've decided to continue to wait to see if we'll be approved for the waiver over the next few months.  If not, we may choose to get an immigration lawyer to assist in this process.

In the interim, we'll continue to make plans for the future planning around the cruise as we continue to wait on the waiver.  Neither of us cares to have plans up on the air but in this case, we've decided to be patient and forge ahead

This dock on the pond outside our door is covered in moss due to the humidity.
This morning farm owners Renate and John stopped by to bring us fresh towels, a new down comforter and duvet with matching pillowcases, a dozen eggs from their chickens and feed for the ducks, geese, and chickens along with different feed for the sheep.

Once the rain stops we'll wander out to the greenhouse to pick tomatoes and stop to feed the animals some "pellets."  Ummm...farm life...we like it!

Have a delightful weekend!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 28, 2019:
From a recent visit to the "hippo pool" in the Crocodile River bordering Marloth Park.  For more photos, please click here.

Living in the moment...The simple life...


A chicken in our garden, right outside the door.
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon, Cornwall: From this site:
"Devon "invented" the first Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier was created by the Reverend John Russell - born in Dartmouth, went to school in Plympton, rector of Black Torrington. He bought a dog which had stumpy legs, huge ears and was great at digging around in filth. The white and tan dog was excellent at digging out foxes which had gone to ground."
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We often hear comments such as, "Live in the moment. Don't dwell on the past or the future."
Roses blooming outside our door.
A huge part of the joy we experience day by day is wrapped around our current lifestyle, our past travels and the anticipation of experiences yet to come.  

No, this doesn't mean we forget about where we are at any given moment.  As a matter of fact, as shown in today's simple photos, a chicken looking in the door was an experience in itself.  Even, in our old lives, we would have giggled over a chicken looking into the house.

For those who raise chickens, which more and more health enthusiasts are tackling these days as interest in free-range chicken and eggs has grown, a single chicken looking into the house may not be as big a deal as it is for us.

She approached the door when she saw us inside. "You got any pellets?"  she clucked!
We found ourselves giggling over this seemingly insignificant event.  A short time later we captured more photos of the farm and its farm animals when the sun peeked out for a few minutes.

With the sun shining we started a walk, heading across the road where the Dorset sheep are located in a paddock.  Alas, no more than five minutes from the time we left the house, it started pouring again and we rushed back to the house. 
She was awaiting our reaction and the possibility of food.
Are we bored hanging around the farm?  Not at all.  We are loving this simple farm life with little obligation other than keeping the house clean, gathering firewood, grocery shopping, cooking our meals, doing our laundry, making and changing the bed, all of which is not unlike what most of us do each day.

We don't have a cleaner here for the three weeks on the farm.  But, we both work to stay on top of keeping the house spotless, exactly how we like it.  Sure, we have our fair share of clutter including items on the kitchen counters where we often leave out bowls and pans we use frequently.  

In our old lives, clutter was out of the question but now although we don't have newspapers, snail-mail, and work-related clutter, we have lots of adapters and cords cluttering our space lying all over the living room floor including our HDMI cord.  We always have to walk carefully around theses cords when there are few outlets in most holiday rentals.
Although it's very cool flowers are still blooming.
It's not like the US, where there's often outlets on every wall.  In many countries, there are only one or two outlets in an entire room.  We've never had outlets in the bathroom.  We work around it.  

Tom figures all of this out upon our arrival at a new location and somehow manages to ensure we each have ample plug-ins for our digital equipment using our power strips and universal adapters.

Although we've assigned ourselves certain tasks, we're always willing to help one another, regardless of the task. Tom is still babying me by not allowing me to carry heavy objects, bring in groceries or help with the firewood.  I doubt this will ever change but I do my fair share around the house, especially now that I'm feeling well.  
Colorful flowers in the garden.
As more and more time passes, I think less and less about the difficult past seven months and spend more and more time reveling in the joys of past experiences and embracing those for the future.

We're both very grateful for this life.

May you find gratefulness in your simple days!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 27, 2018:
This was my favorite photo of impalas, taken in Kruger National Park.  Impalas have exquisite markings on their faces and bodies. For more photos from our self-drive in Kruger, please click here.

Farmer Tom...Also, credit card rewards...


In the rain, Tom was using the wheelbarrow to bring the wood to Pond Cottage.
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon, Cornwall:From this site:
Devon has the world's country's bakery
"I know what you're thinking, the clue's in the name. But just like they don't get cream teas right, our Cornish cousins didn't invent the pasty either. The earliest recorded recipe for the pasty was discovered in 2006 and dates back 500 years. Yup, it's in a Devon book. So, you can go to Europe all you like and get them to say Cornish Pasties have to be made in Cornwall. Doesn't make it so. If you like, we can also prove we invented Cornish Piskies, the Cornish language, and the writer and director Joe Cornish."
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With the weather in the 14C, 57F range the past several days consisted of almost constant rain and it became quite cold in the Pond Cottage.  It's been so cold, using the woodstove was our best option to warm up.  We've been bundled up in our sparse warm clothing.  

The past two nights, I wore socks to bed. It makes us wonder how cold we'll be when we get to Minnesota in November with the winter season begins rolling in.  We recall a blizzard on Halloween in 1991 as described here and below:  
The woodshed...a building on this 500-year-old farm. 
"In eastern Minnesota, the Halloween Blizzard shattered many of the previous October snowfall records. The 8.2 inches that fell in the Twin Cities on October 31 was more snow than had ever been recorded in any October in its recorded history. Over the next two days the snow continued to fall, leading to additional snowfall of one to two feet (30 cm to 60 cm). By the time the snow ended on November 3 the storm had dropped 36.9 in (93.7 cm) on Duluth, the largest single snow storm total in Minnesota history at that time. The Twin Cities received 28.4 in (72.1 cm), setting a single-storm record for the metropolitan area. In all, at least one foot (30 cm) of snow fell in a swath approximately 100 mi (160 km) wide from south central Minnesota, northeastward into northwestern Wisconsin and into the Minnesota Arrowhead. A more narrow band of 2+ ft (60+ cm) of snow fell from the Twin Cities to Duluth and northward."

As it turns out, my son Greg and wife Camille have offered to loan us winter clothing while in Minnesota.  If necessary we'll also buy a few items, such as warm jackets, sweatshirts, and sweaters, leaving them behind when we depart.

As mentioned in a post a few days ago (see the link here), we were awaiting a credit from Easirent Car Rentals in Ireland.  Over six weeks had passed and we'd yet to receive the EU 2100, US $2308.71 they'd actually charged to our account.  It was not a "hold" but an actual charge.
The dry woodpile from which Tom collected wood.  The kindling is to the left of the woodpile.  The owners encouraged us to use all we wanted.  We're using the wood-burning stove/fireplace to heat the house.
Fortunately, after pressing them with the threat of reporting them to the Irish equivalent of the Better Business Bureau, they finally came through.  The credit appeared on the card last night.  We sighed with relief.  We didn't want to deal with the negativity of the threatening phone calls for one more day!

While I was reviewing our various credit card balances online which we generally pay off in full on the first of each month Tom suggested we use accumulated rewards points on our cards toward any balances we may be paying off in a few days.  We hadn't done this in awhile.

When we used the points this morning we paid off $1397.37 on the cards.  We've recently become more mindful of only using cards that provide the most reward points.
With all the vegetation and rain, it's not unusual to see moss growing on the trees.
When we shop, we use a card that offers the most points for groceries.  When we pay for travel-related expenses, we use one of two other cards, one in Tom's name, another in mine.  It's working well for us.

The sun was shining when we awoke this morning but by the time we had our coffee, it was raining again.  We're looking forward to getting out.  Most sightseeing venues near Devon require a drive of one or two hours on the narrow winding roads which we aren't willing to tackle in this rainy windy weather.  

We'll continue to wait patiently for a sunny day or at least a day without too much rain.  In the interim, we're enjoying the cozy fire in the woodstove while continuing our research.

May your day be sunny and bright!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 26, 2018:
This male lion was cuddling up to this female.  For more of our lion photos, please click here.

The narrowest street in the world...Heavy rain keeping us in...Update...


See the description below of the narrowest official street in the world. (Not our photo).
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon, Cornwall:
"Devon has the narrowest road in the world (from this site):
Parliament Street in Exeter bears a plaque claiming it to be the narrowest street in the world. At its narrowest, it is about 0.64 metres (2 ft 1 in) at its widest it is 1.22 metres (4 ft 0 in). It used to be called Small Lane but was renamed Parliament Street to poke fun at the Government for passing the 1832 Reform Bill, funny eh? The German's claim they have the narrowest street in the world - but that's really just a gap between two houses. Parliament Street runs from High Street to Waterbeer Street. In 1836 the residents of Waterbeer Street paid to have the street widened. The council hasn't done that yet. Maybe after the new pool."  (See the main photo).
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This morning before I started preparing the post, we tackled the pouring rain and made our way from the house to the car.  Needing a few items from the grocery store, it made sense to only drive to nearby Witheridge rather than head back to Tiverton, a 40-minute or more drive in the rain.

With it raining as hard as it has, added to the reality we were totally out of photos, we'd hoped to take more photos in Witheridge.  Doing so was tricky when both the camera and I got soaked even while wearing my rain parka.  It was not a good day for taking photos and attempting more sightseeing.
Sheep grazing near Pond Cottage.  This paddock is where the older rams reside to live out their lives.
Instead, we purchased the few items we needed and headed back to Pond Cottage to build a roaring fire and hunker down for the remainder of the day. In checking out the long-range weather report it appears it could be raining for the next 10 days.

We apologize for the lack of good photos for today's post but we did the best we could under the circumstances.  On Monday, if it's raining when we return to Tiverton to shop we'll visit a few museums in the area.  Rain or shine, museums are always a good option.

With our taxes done, our recent "paperwork" completed and a variety of supplies ordered that will be shipped to us from our mailing service we now have more free time to begin researching for our upcoming trip to India in a mere five months.  
When we didn't feel like driving in the pelting rain, we drove 10 minutes to this tiny market in the village of Witheridge.  They had everything we needed at reasonable prices.
All we've booked for India to date has been the exciting train trip on the Maharajas Express departing from Mumbai on February 2, 2020, ending in Delhi on February 8, 2020, and also the fabulous cruise embarking on April 3, 2020, from Mumbai, India and arriving on May 2, 2020, in Greenwich, England, a 29-night cruise. 

Now, we need to begin further research where we'll stay in India from February 8th to April 3rd, almost two full months.  We haven't decided yet if we'll rent a series of holiday homes or stay in hotels.  If you've visited India in the past few years and have any suggestions, that would be greatly appreciated!

Tom had suggested we wait to book anything further for India until we had a better idea as to how I'd be feeling.  Now, after being off the three awful medications and being able to walk for the past month, my strength is quickly returning.

St. John the Baptist church located in Witheridge.
It is no longer painful to walk and the breathing issue (aka dyspnea) I was experiencing has diminished each day. The wounds on my legs and the hematoma on my right thigh are almost completely healed and my sternum continues to be less and less painful when I move certain ways. 

Overall, I feel great and hopeful for plans for the future.  Barring any unforeseen setbacks, I'm good to go anywhere we'd like to go in the world. We'll continue to purchase global insurance which is available annually for long term travelers at a much better rate than we'd paid in the past.

Ultimately the international insurance we had all these years proved useless when they refused to pay my medical bills, claiming I had a pre-existing heart condition, which I did not have, nor was aware of.  
Row houses in the village.
We could commence a lawsuit against the insurance company but we've decided we don't want to make our lives all about a legal matter, constantly on the phone with lawyers.  

Life goes on.  And, we're grateful that "life goes on!"  We're grateful to have survived the trials of the past seven-plus months and feel free to return to our world journey with peace of mind and contentment.

May your day present you with peace of mind and contentment!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 25, 2018:
The baby tried drinking from the river on her own while mom stood nearby to watch for predators.  Giraffes are vulnerable to predators in this position.  For more photos, please click here.

Reviews of rental car companies...The good and the not so good...Photos of our new home in Witheridge...

Renate and John took all the lovely photos we're sharing today.  This is our holiday rental, Pond Cottage at night.
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon, Cornwall:
"Devon has the slowest roads in the country (from this site):
Not only do we have more road than anyone else, but it also takes you longer to use. A survey by international travel experts Inrix, who provides live traffic information to people like the BBC, this year named Exeter the slowest city in the country during rush-hour. Yes, slower than London. Traffic crawls through the city at just 4.6mph at the busiest times of the day. You can walk faster. Businesses in Exeter spend more time stuck in traffic than businesses in London."
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Over the past three days, it's been raining around the clock.  Yesterday, it was cold, we started a fire in the wood-burning stove to keep us warm and kept it going all day, well into the evening.  
It's too cool to use the beautiful pool.
It was delightful to see the roaring fire and to hear the crackling of the dry wood.  It reminded us of cozy cold days in Minnesota, although it certainly isn't as cold here as it was there.

There is heat in this house but we don't use it to help the owner in keeping costs down.  The fire was an excellent alternative especially when all the firewood comes from downed trees on the 150-acre farm.
The living room where we're currently situated as I prepare today's post.
On another note...Over the past several weeks we've been dealing with a frustrating rental car issue resulting in countless phone calls in an effort to resolve it.

On May 12, 2019, we rented a car from Easirent (a rental company in the UK) in Dublin for our three-month stay in Connemara, Ireland.  We were shocked at the rental office when a deposit of EU 2100, US $2308.71 was required along with a tax of EU 712, US $ (neither of which were mentioned when we rented the car online).  This huge sum was not just a "hold" on the credit card but they actually "took" the amount from our credit card.
There's a freezer on the opposite side of the kitchen, (not shown in photo) which is the same size as the under-counter refrigerator shown here.
We returned the car, filled to the brim with fuel and with no damage whatsoever on August 9, 2019. We were told when we booked the car and then again when we returned it, we'd see the substantial refund within 10 business days.  That was 46 days ago.  No refund.

After three weeks past from the return date, I started calling, inquiring as to when we'd receive the refund.  First, I called the location from which we'd rented it to insure they'd properly processed the return. 
The master bedroom with skylights with a remote for opening and closing their shades.  Each of the two almost identical bedrooms has en-suite bathrooms.
They stated, "Deposit refunds can take as much as three weeks.  You should see it in a few days."   

This was a red flag...from the original "10 business days" to "21 business days?" This was not acceptable.  However, we knew we had a backup plan in the event they didn't refund the money...we could contact the credit card we'd used for the rental and request they handle it.  
We're a little too early to see the leaves turning.  
On one other occasion, we'd gone through the credit card company when we were to receive a refund from an airline when they'd canceled the flight.  It took months, contacting them over and over with no results.  

Finally, we took the issue to the credit card company and they resolved it in days, not months, giving us a full refund.  Now, we were faced with doing the same, with the same credit card company.  
An aerial view of the two houses and farm buildings on the 150-acre property.  Pond Cottage is closest to the pond shown between the trees in the forefront of the photo.
We preferred not to have the credit card company handle the refund if we could help it.  It's possible they'd flag our account showing multiple requests for refunds.  

I went up the line...searching higher up at Easirent to find the appropriate management to speak to.  Yesterday, I had no alternative but to threaten with the prospect of contacting an attorney and muddying their name on our site. 
A few hours ago I was told by a "higher-up" that the credit was processed at 8:51 this morning.  No apologies.
There are many ducks and geese that reside on the farm.  They enjoy the pond and daily feedings.
He explained it could take a few days to appear on our credit card. I don't understand why a credit would take so long when charges appear immediately but we'll give it a few days and see what happens.  Frustrating, to say the least, and also time-consuming.

When we rented the first and second of two cars here in England through Europcar at the Exeter Airport we were thrilled with the cars, the customer service, the low deposit, and the ease of the entire process on both occasions.

We'd used Europcar more times than any other rental company over the years and always had a great experience.  Why did we choose Easirent this one and only time? For some odd reason, pricing in Dublin was considerably higher at Europcar for the three month rental than Easirent.  We chose Easirent without doing enough research on the company.  Our error.  We'll never do this again!

Pond Cottage during daylight hours.
So now we wait to see if the refund comes through in the next few days.  If it doesn't, we'll ask the credit card company for assistance.  We'll report the outcome here in the next few days.

Yes, traveling can result in situations such as these, whether over the short or long term.  We learn as we go and carry along with us, the knowledge we've acquired along the way.  Even after almost seven years, we still don't always get it right.  We continue to learn from our experiences as we enthusiastically look to the future. 

May your day be filled with peace and contentment.
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Photo from one year ago today, September 24, 2018:
From this site"The giraffe's main predator is the lion, which can accelerate to almost 50 miles per hour. His second worst enemy, the hyena, can reach 35 mph. If a lion and a giraffe ran a race side by side, the lion would beat the giraffe to the finish line. However, the giraffe is not about to give a predator an even start. He uses his great height and excellent eyesight to spot a pride of lions as far as half a mile away and gets a head start. Lions can sustain their top speed for only about a hundred yards, so they run out of gas before the giraffe does. Hyenas can be more dangerous because they hunt cooperatively. They can take turns sprinting to keep the giraffe from slowing down to catch his breath." For more photos, please click here.