After four days of being on the move, Sunday was spent doing laundry. We went to a garden center and browsed. Cara and Colin have bought their first home and the sweet garden needs some attention. They picked out bleeding heart, magnolia and a rose bush. I bought them a rhododendren to thank them for such a wonderful time.
Monday, they both worked. I entertained myself by walking to the little post office and mailing off some post cards. Then I headed off on a walk around town. People watching is always fun. It was a sunny day and people were out and about.
One difference that strikes me here are the simple differences. Gas prices are so very high now, but Colin's car gets 54 miles to a gallon. My own car back home gets 22 or so. The technology is there, but any push to make cars more energy efficient is a big controversy. I wonder why?
I see windmills steadily turning. There is no pile of dead birds beneath them. There is no talk about windmill cancer. But a whole industry will spend a fortune to fight any move to renewable energy.
Now there is a mad man throwing our world into chaos. Oil prices are crazy. I am afraid that our own refusal to change is going to bite us.I walk around town for a couple hours thinking. So much has changed since I bought the tickets to come visit. I will always be thankful I did not wait.
I found English post offices rather strange compared to ours at home but hat was several years ago.ReplyDelete
No illness and sleeplessness from the noise of wind turbines either? Some have tried it on here and lost.
We too are backward with our car emissions and fuel consumption but what happens in England and Europe does filter down to us. While we don't use mpg, an internet check tells me our modest car gets an average fuel consumption rating of 28 mpg. Not great.
I have found my travels to different countries can be a very enlightening experience. I have learnt so much from my little jaunts abroad.ReplyDelete
I think England with its smallness must be a voyage of discovery for an American. Also of course our history which you are discovering yourself.ReplyDelete
It sounds like a lovely trip. I'm glad you didn't wait either.ReplyDelete
People watching - that is the best place to learn. Keep wondering how you are enjoying it.ReplyDelete
Seeing another place makes us rethink some of the obvious things in life.ReplyDelete
There's been a lot of emphasis on fuel efficiency and green energy here. I hope it continues even though we've now broken off from the EU.ReplyDelete
I love the insight and small adventures that traveling give us.ReplyDelete
I echo your thoughts about windmills Debby. Sixty percent of Ireland's electricity is generated by wind power.ReplyDelete
Sadly, I think many folks SAY they want to embrace other forms of energy, but "not in their backyard"! (thinking especially of wind turbines or nuclear energy). We have solar panels and it was one of the best decisions we ever made.ReplyDelete
I hope I was in that batch of postcards! :D
it seems like an ordinary day and a little bit like you could settle into life there.ReplyDelete
Enjoy that visit, Debby. Sounds delightful.ReplyDelete
Did you know the imperial gallon is 20% larger than the US gallon? Also our EPA has much stricter testing standards for mileage so English mileage tends to be inflated much like ours were in the 80’s.ReplyDelete
Hi Debby, thank you for visiting my blog. I've read back on yours and think you're from US, and enjoying a visit here in UK. You seem to be going to see loads of places, and getting around. We due for some warm weather so that will nice for you. Have a great weekend, perhaps find somewhere where you can sit, drink good coffee and people watch and catch up on some relaxation. BestsxReplyDelete
People are suddenly wanting electric vehicles now in Hawaii and they're sold out and unavailable. We have a Prius which is great but thieves are stealing the catalytic converters. Sheesh! We really need to get away from fossil fuel.ReplyDelete
It's good catching up with your travel experience.ReplyDelete
Your comment on gas/fuel consumption surprised me. In the UK people are, generally in my experience, very concerned with fuel consumption because fuel has always been very expensive and long gone are the days when big engines with high fuel consumption were the fastest and therefore the most macho. I drive a large Korean estate car with automatic transmission and over it's life so far (4+ tears) it has averaged 48 mpg.
I also live in a place which has benefitted from financially from investment in wind power and, despite some objections and plenty of NIMBYism it's a long time since I heard anyone mention them adversely. Ironically friends who visit and get close up often say how beautiful and elegant they are.
I hope what is left of your stay is enjoyable.
Hope all is well. You've been so quiet for so long....ReplyDelete
Hope all is well and making many memories.ReplyDelete
I'm really grateful for our 12 year old Prius right now.ReplyDelete
President Biden is getting flack right now for saying that Putin shouldn't stay in power. Sigh. It's what we're all thinking anyway.