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I stayed at Oscar's Bed and Breakfast last night in Buffalo. It was very lovely and very comfortable. I even got to tick a box on my long list of things I have wanted to do for a long time. I got to rock on a front porch like a Granny Mae. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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I didn't need the pot of gold, just seeing the Niagara Falls was reward enough ! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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I have zip lining on my bucket list but did not feel up to tackling this one ....being a novice ! Looked fun but not for wimpy me ! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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Yesterday I visited Purgatory Chasm (love the name) in Middletown, Rhode Island. !! It was formed many thousands of years ago by glaciers and has eroded over time by the sea. Of course there is a legend about mismatched lovers that accompanies this wonderful site. The drop is about 50 feet so watch your footwork !! . Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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If you love big pink statement flowers then this dinner plate hibiscus is going to be your favourite. I could not believe the size !!! I drove by then had to come back on foot, with camera in hand. Full sun and average to wet soil is apparently what suits them but they are a hardy plant. I have seen many hibiscus flowers of all colours in many different countries even in my own Australian garden but never this size ....so amazing !! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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This 1864 Newport house has an amazing roof, very eye catching. I thought is was fancy tile work, but it is actually decorative slate. It is luckily now a designated National Historic Landmark, recognised for its architectural significance. The Newport Art Museum has its home here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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It's not harmful and a very typical thing apparently, as this fuzzy red seaweed is native to the waters around Rhode Island. It grows on the ocean floor and on rocks and grows fast in the late summer, like now, the end of August. The swelling surf breaks it up and it washes up onto the shore. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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A grey drizzly day is the perfect day for a lobster roll and a wander round the Newport piers and harbour. The boats are big and beautiful (as was my lobster roll). Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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This classic wooden chair, the Adirondack, for me is a both a US icon but also a childhood memory. We had two, painted a dark blue, put together Ikea style, by my father in the 1960s. Driving though Kentucky recently I saw many places selling these wonderful pieces of outdoor furniture. The inventor of this chair was actually a Harvard graduate and used his family to test out every prototype till he felt he had come up with the perfect outdoor seat with its high back, slatted seat and wide arm rests. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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This classic wooden chair, the Adirondack, for me is a both a US icon but also a childhood memory. We had two, painted a dark blue, put together Ikea style, by my father in the 1960s. Driving though Kentucky recently I saw many places selling these wonderful pieces of outdoor furniture. The inventor of this chair was actually a Harvard graduate and used his family to test out every prototype till he felt he had come up with the perfect outdoor seat with its high back, slatted seat and wide arm rests. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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When you are house hunting and go to an open for inspection it is usually straight forward but when its a boat then things can be tricky especially if the boat is in dry dock !!!! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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When you are house hunting and go to an open for inspection it is usually straight forward but when its a boat then things can be tricky especially if the boat is in dry dock !!!! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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This is an historic little place as during the American Civil War, Confederates defeated Union troops here. Thompson's Station had its first settlers in 1780 and today, well its population has hit around 2,500 so watch out for crowds ! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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This town, in Kentucky, again with a bustling population of around 2,500 was founded in 1820. It was named after a watering hole where a large herd of elk drank. The architecture was classic and quintessential old USA, as was the signage. I loved this little place. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Late summer sunshine, VIP seating and a view of a lush vineyard made for a glorious interlude at the weekend. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at mosaic road
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My final two nights in Tennessee have been very rural, on a mini farm . It was lush and green with the flock of sheep guarded by two big woolly maremma dogs. The gardens were gorgeous, full of colour. Such a contrast to Australian farms in midsummer where brown is the dreary feature colour . When I asked about the animals , in true and realistic farm fashion I was told everything was 'on the menu' bar the dogs ! Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at mosaic road
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Whilst the first Nashville Air BnB we stayed in was all about retro decor, no 2 was contemporary shabby chic . Both different but both comfortable and excellent. No complaints from us whatsoever....happy campers !! Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at mosaic road
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I have followed this store for some time on Instagram . The owner or main shaker and mover of Draper James is actor Reece Witherspoon. They sell gorgeous clothes and accessories online as well as in a store in Nashville. I was staying unexpectedly close by and got a chance to have a wander round with my glass of complimentary iced tea. I could become a Southern belle very easily hahaha !! Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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I have seen very little evidence of public transportation in Nashville, only the odd passing bus. Here are some mighty fine alternatives I have spotted in my travels !! Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Corn is the top crop grown in Kentucky. I thought it might have been tobacco as I have seen a lot of that (surprisingly) !!! The yield of corn is measured in bushels (I think we would measure in tonnes in Australia). So....2016 saw 223 million bushels harvested from 1.4 million acres...huge business. Of that, 50 percent goes back to feed farm animals, beef, poultry and hogs and 10 percent goes into to making the world famous Kentucky Bourbon !! Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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I have been on a wander in the pretty streets around where I am staying and I just love the varying styles of the homes. Mostly they are big with very green manicured front lawns and no fences. Houses in Australia all have fences at the side, back and front ! It helps keep your dog from getting lost but it also can create neighbour/boundary disputes ! Also I see here many US flags flying from the verandahs of lots of homes. I wouldn't even know where to buy a flag in my hometown of Melbourne. Interesting differences like these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at mosaic road
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If you need cash (in most places) you go to a cashpoint or ATM . In Nashville ( and maybe in some other places) if you want cake you can do similar, go to a cakepoint or ADM. I am soooooo glad I live nowhere near one of these as I can envisage very clearly the cupcake and calorie trap I would fall headlong into. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at mosaic road
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Our Air BnB is a charming 30s single story bungalow in a lovely quiet street in Nashville. We have in fact got half a house with room to spread out. Loads of books and magazines, a record player with records, fresh flowers and wholemeal bagels have helped make our stay into a perfect one. The hosts live next door and are sweet and helpful. I have only good words for Air BnB. My experiences throughout Croatia and now here have all been wonderful, way better than a bland and boring hotel rom Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at mosaic road
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Coffee plays a major role in my life and so exploring cafes and coffee venues tops my list of things to do when I travel. I visited this old auto workshop in Nashville, now transformed into Barista Parlour It was amazing, the room is huge with a vintage industrial feel and look. Coffee is their thing, their love and they are dedicated to perfection. Charming staff and fun ambience but a little hard to find so follow you nose, not the map !!. They sell unusual chocolate alongside coffee paraphernalia and tee shirts. I loved the packaging of their coffee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at mosaic road