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.

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