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28 October 2009


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Looks magical. Have a lovely time.

I love maps and books as well. There is a great book called My Life in Maps that you might find interesting. I actually just posted something about it this week on my blog. If you like maps the cover art will definitely draw you. in.

Ah! A road trip -- lucky you! It's been far too long since I've had a trip devoted to wandering serendipitously, aimed at a particular destination but with flexibility about how to get there. Have a lovely time!

Go safely and have a great journey as well as the holiday at the end of it. I look forward to exchanging stories and photos when you return. I suspect I might get the better weather in Spain!

It all sounds wonderful and I'm sure you and the Boy will enjoy yourselves enormously.

Am delighted to have just discovered your blog, via a hungry search for irresistible Ilse Jacobsen wellies. Living in rural Scotland, I feel almost justified in wanting yet another pair of wellies...
Anyway, love your wellies, am a map nut too, love Eilean Donan and the west highlands, and love your blog. Have a great trip. Scotland is looking beautiful at the moment in autumnal russets and mists.

Thank you everyone; will post from the road as and when. (Have dongle, will travel . . . )

And a warm welcome to Thomas (thanks so much for the link to the Guy Browning book, sounds like a must-read) and to Kate. Good luck with your search for the Ilse Jacobsens; they have rather shot up in price since I bought mine. If you do get a pair, check that they don't squeak; mine do and, apparently, it's a not uncommon problem and no-one seems to know why. After all, they're rubber! But I still love them, squeak or no squeak.

Lovely to hear of you making your own adventure. Those boots are made for ...er ... walking!
I sometimes think that a good map can make you feel you have already been there.
Enjoy your journey.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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