Being abroad taught me what Thanksgiving is all about

I’m always thankful on Thanksgiving. I love being surrounded by my loud, crazy family, eating tons of delicious food I didn’t have to cook, drinking wine and listening to Christmas music. I even love Black Friday, getting up early with my mom, aunts and cousins to hunt for the perfect Christmas gifts. This year, I […]

Brook Farm: Up Close and Personal

In the three weeks since we arrived, I have been poking my nose–or more accurately, my camera lens– into everything at Brook Farm. Now far away from the pace of daily news coverage, it has been almost meditative for me to return to exploring photography as an art form rather than a race to get […]

A walk through Kington and across Hergest Ridge

I think some day I want to be the writer or photographer behind one of the “50 best walks in the UK” or “Britain’s Greatest Rambles” -type books I keep seeing. I’ve already talked about how much I love the British walking spirit. I’m actually disappointed in myself for how little walking I’ve done since arriving […]

Working to make Brook Farm “lovelier”

Sarah titled her Workaway profile, “Come stay in a lovely country B&B and help make it even lovelier!” Well, Dave and I have completed our second work week at Brook Farm, and I promise we are trying our hardest. Brook Farm is gorgeous. It really doesn’t need much help, especially with the gardens and the […]

For my veterans

Whether they know it or not, there are quite a few men in Barren County, Ky., whom I call “my” veterans. (I hope they don’t mind.) With the celebrations of Veterans Day in the U.S. and Armistice Day in the UK earlier this week, I have been missing those men and the town of Glasgow […]

Happy Guy Fawkes Day

Happy Guy Fawkes Day. For those of you who, like I did, only have a vague idea that today is a British holiday because of V for Vendetta‘s “Remember, remember, the 5th of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot” chant, then Wikipedia will be glad to enlighten you as to what happened in 1605. On […]

Finding Brook Farm (Becoming a Workawayer)

For the next six weeks, I am living in a bed and breakfast in Worcestershire, United Kingdom, near the border of England and Wales. The building is nearly 500 years old, and it’s everything you could wish for in a 16th century farmhouse–low ceilings, crooked floors, fireplaces, teacups on the shelves and gardening books on […]