Looking Up!

Here we are at the 15th of August and our word for the challenge is Train. You can also choose training or trained.

2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV):

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

From Barbara at Sweet Tea and Sandals:

Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

From Maristella:

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 | NIV. ”

From Happy One at Life is Good:

I King 10:2 KJV
The she in the verse is the Queen of Sheba.

And she came to Jerusalem with a very great TRAIN,
with camels that bare spices,
and very much gold, and precious stones:
and when she was come to Solomon,
she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

If you have a verse to share please do in the comments and I’ll add it here. Thank you in advance.

Shop Progress:

I took these photos yesterday from our neighbors property looking across and up to where Dear is working on the roof of the shop. He only has 3 more panels to go to finish up the metal part of the roof. Once our son gets back from the “Coast” they’ll hoist up the last three and get them fastened. This is the most time consuming, tedious and difficult part of the project.

Our furry four pawed friend is arriving this morning for our keeping. I’ll probably have some photos to share this coming week. Hope you all have a good weekend.

As I Was Going to St. Ives…

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As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits,
kits, cats, sacks, wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

There are differing views as to which St. Ives this nursery rhyme/riddle was referring to but many believe that St. Ives in Cornwall is a good choice because it was a busy fishing port and they would need many cats to help with the rats and mice destroying the fishing gear.St. Ives sunny 008We took the advice of our friend who lived in Cornwall to take the train to St. Ives because it could be hard to find parking in this busy port destination. The day before had been so gloomy and rainy so when we woke up to beautiful sunshine on September 18th we let Jeeves lead us to the railway stop. We met up with quite a crowd who had the same idea as us and were ready to enjoy the seaside in the sunshine. Thankfully we found the last parking spot in the train waiting area.

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We had beautiful views of the sea as we rode the train on the short trip to St. Ives.

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When we arrived our first order of business was to find the Tea Room where we had decided to eat a meal and enjoy our first Cornish cream tea.

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Bliss! I have to admit it wasn’t easy to find the tea room in this bustling humanity filled town. With narrow cobbled streets filled to the brim we made our way to the end of the sea walk. When we finally spotted “the Tea Room” and got our seats we could finally…”Keep calm and carry on”

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It’s amazing how a satisfying meal can make your outlook so much better and the crowds so much easier to coexist with.

St. Ives sunny 048The tea room was at the far end of the town and the next photo shows the view of the harbor with the tide out looking out from the tea room. I’ll be sharing photos of the harbor after the tide rolls in soon with more of the great views we enjoyed in St. Ives along St. Ives Bay.

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I’m heading outside in the brisk sunny weather to try to gather up some of the leaves that fell over the weekend. The rains are headed our way again soon and I want to take advantage of this dry window before the leaves get real soggy. I’m hoping to get more creative mojo this week, too, with some final preparations for a get together at this old house on Sunday November 10th.


Let’s Start At the Very Beginning…

…a very good place to start.

We’ll start at Como since it comes before Duomo and because we can see the Alps from there and they inspire me to want to sing all the songs from The Sound of Music.

We arrived by train in Varenna on beautiful Lake Como. The train ride was just about an hour from Milan.

The walk into the town gave us some promising views. The day was sunny and clear but very very windy and cold. It was the kind of wind with gusts that threw you off balance at times. This beautiful town is probably bustling in season but our time here was off season with very few people about and very few shops open.

We chose to eat at Ristorante Borgovino on one of the narrow lanes of Varenna.  We were happy with our choice. Dear and I were the only ones in the restaurant and were treated well.

We both chose risotto dishes. Dear had his with Lake Como Perch and I had the special with asparagus. Delicious.

More from the narrow streets and waterfront views of Varenna soon.

I’m happy to report I’m feeling a tad better today. I’m watching snow falling softly out my window. It threw me off guard when I first opened the blinds this morning to see everything covered with a light dusting of snow. How’s the weather in your part of the world?