You know what’s sweet?

Maple syrup!

You know what’s really sweet?

When the maple syrup comes from your own back yard!

And, you know what’s EVEN sweeter?

When the maple sap starts to run earlier in the season than usual, and you manage to figure that out before it’s too late! 馃榾

You see, typically, the sap starts to run in mid-March. And it’s those days when the temps are above 5C in today and well below freezing at night that triggers the sap to glow up the tree. But we all know, (of us, everywhere!) that weather patterns are bonkers, do we must remain vigilant and observant.

In early February, I noticed the maple buds starting to swell and took a chance. Taps in trees – buckets under taps – sap boiled down (40 litres of sap = 1 litre of syrup). And, voila!!

Our own Maple Syrup! SWEET!!!


Borough Market

We grabbed a coffee here – from the cutest little coffee venue ever. Just a couple of weeks ago. 

Here in Borough Market in London. 

The coffee was fantastic!  And the vibe here was electric!  The sights. The smells. The flavours!  We stayed for lunch, which we picked up from a Somalian vendor … and it was delicious!  

There were so many people.

Afterwards, we walked across London Bridge. 

The news of yesterday’s attacks has me retracing our steps in my mind. 


And Senseless.


London Doors

We walked ALOT during our recent visit to London. Sooooo much to see. And so little time. But i would argue that the very best way to really see a city is from the street. 

And I couldn’t help but collect a few photos of Doors along the way….. 

The gates to Kensington Palace.

The Household Cavalry Door. 

A pub door. 

Doors at Shakesphere’s Globe Theatre

The Door to Spencer House

Near St. James Park. 

A Fleet Street Door – and friendly doorman. 

And, of course, the doors to Canada House … with Nelson’s Column reflected in the window. 

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors 


Reflecting …

A couple of moments of peaceful reflection in the middle of London – the self-proclaimed “capital city of the world”.  

A swan and some clouds in Hyde Park, London.

The view from the bridge in St. James Park.

WPC – reflections


Doors of Portobello Road聽

Exploring Notting Hill, just over a week ago, we were treated to some gorgeous doorways along this famous, vibrant road.  Let’s take a walk ….

Each of the entrances to these terraced houses have such a lot of individuality and personality.  

And, at No 22, the the former home of George Orwell. 

That’s enough walking.  Time for a cup of tea …. or maybe a gin & tonic. 

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors 


The Doors of Mowsley

A stop in South Leicestershire village of Mowsley and Sunday Lunch in the local. 

This 500 year old village has a population of just over 300.  It boasts a terrific pub …. The Staff of Life, where we found a wood fire in the fire place, an older gentleman in a chair by the fire and a handful of fellas leaning on the bar with their pints … and some very fine food. 

And in Mowsley, of course, there are lots of very pretty Doors …

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.



Bags packed. 

Cat delivered. 

Delayed flight endured. 

Bland breakfast served after sleepless night. 

Long walk from plane to customs completed. 

Rewarded by the English countryside in springtime. I wonder where this road will take us……

WPC- wanderlust