England meanderings

 

I could live here it’s so beautiful and charming.   Well, except for the driving. What maniac dedided to change the steering wheel to the right side.  If you have never done it (and want to loose some weight) I highly recommend it.  It’s aerobic!  I am sure my heart rate was at maximum level every time the British accented GPS  said “take the second left” as I am going CLOCKWISE around the roundabout.  It’s worth it to drive to the tiniest towns full of history.

It seems I am a collector of three types of photos; 1. Gravestones

Churches…

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My husband is wearing his Stetson cowboy hat everywhere and his ostrich boots which draw a few stares.  So far only two brave souls have asked to take his picture.

We are loving the open air markets Wednesdays  and Saturdays. Homemade breads and pastries, meat pies, fruits and vegetables…

But then there was the pig booth. imageJust about anything one could do to pig parts is represented.  Thank goodness they left out the privates. I told G that Pig privates must not have the FLAVOR of bull privates or this place would have it.  He is ignoring me now.  Speaking of G, he answers people’s questions in a terrible British accent.  He won’t stop.  People just look at this black Stetson wearing, Ostrich boot havin’, American with a terrible British/Mexican accent with the most confounded looks.  Sigh.

Practice Packing

Preparing for our upcoming trip I decided to practice packing.  Here I am trying to cram 3 weeks with of clothing for indeterminate weather into 2 carry on bags.   The Ryanair flight restrictions are extremely strict. Basically about 5 inches less in width than American flights.    Checked baggage cost is determined by weights and being frugal (cheap) decided to try just carry on.    Missing from the picture on the left above is my underwear (because I want to keep a LITTLE mystery).

I used packing cubes and rolled clothing which is suggested all over the Internet. I really like this idea and really kept everything organized.  I can take one or two things out and it retains shape.  Shoes are stuffed in the top and bottom in plastic with rolled up socks in them.  I was surprised how well it worked!

The cubes I ordered came with “secret pouches”. It literally says that:

I am using the secret pouch for electronics and sewed lines in the bag to keep everything separate.

I thought about painting over the “secret pouch” so that TSA won’t stop me and say “Hey, look in here!  It’s a secret pouch! Let’s strip search her!”  It could happen as I am typically singled out for a wanding at least.  Also several TSA agents have gone to second base on previous trips.  Not sure what wild haired middle aged woman is causing havoc but I must look like her.  (I really wish she would stop).

Finally I got it all in the two bags.  Practice packing success!  Now that I know it can be done I am a little disappointed that I am not leaving tomorrow and have to hang this stuff back up.  Sigh.