Now we know why they wanted all that toilet paper!

A description of tourist behavior in the Lake District National Park. Also, a humorous book by Jim Webster.

Jim Webster


The Lake District National Park Authority held a Visitor Poll on the 30th and 31st of May. They asked interesting questions.

Before your visit which of the following things did you do?
Use the LDNPA website to check how busy areas were.  35.5%

Plan your destination AND end up at that destination.  38.7%

Plan your destination AND change your plan enroute. 55.1%

Use social media to research your visit.    43.4%

Bring a picnic and refreshments.    42.2%

Bring a BBQ.    25.8%

Bring alcohol.    70.3%

Then they asked them; before your visit, which of the following things were you aware of.

Not all car parks are open.      58.2%

Not all toilets are open.     70.3%

Most shops are closed.  74.6%

Most food businesses are closed.  39.5%

Local people are worried about visitors not respecting social distancing.  86.7%

You should take your litter home.  34.4%

You should follow the Country Code.  12.5%

You should…

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Sensory Deprivation?

The sad lack of touching during the pandemic.

The Silent Eye

I was no more than five years old. We were staying with one of my great-grandmothers for a while. She was an old lady by that point, with a sharp mind and a wicked sense of fun. She was also blind, having lost her sight quite suddenly one day on her way to work. We were there to make sure she would be able to manage on her own. My mother had gone out to get some shopping and Grandma and I were alone.

“You’d better go watch the cat,” she said, quite suddenly. Whether it was her hearing or her sense of smell that had alerted her, I never thought to ask, but she knew the moment that the resident moggy went into labour. The cat was curled up a cardboard box lined with clean rags. Grandma had me watch and keep up a running commentary, explaining to me…

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Holler Hiking~

Lovely scenes taken by Cindy Knoke near her home in California.

and picnicking,

are perfect during a pandemic.

No one here but us turkeys.

Well there are lots and lots of coyotes skulking about….

and cacti blooming everywhere.

The pasture below The Holler is happy due to all the rain,

and this is our peaceful morning view.

Cheers to you, from all of us, hunkered down at The Holler, with hopes you are staying safe and well~

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Joined at the Lip

If you enjoyed this zany humor, just rise up and swing to the right on this post. Click on one or both of the covers of Russell’s books. If you want to do more to help, reblog this post as I’ve done. 🙂 — Suzanne

What's So Funny?

Until recently, if you wore a mask into a liquor store people would assume that you were either a robber, or a Baptist hoping a fellow parishioner didn’t recognize you.

Today, thanks to the coronavirus, it’s fashionable for everyone to wear masks in public. All you need is a head to hang it on and a face to attach it to. Despite the fact that the majority of the public can meet this simple criterion, many people are intimidated by the thought of wearing a mask. Don’t be afraid. They don’t hurt. Plus, your mask will never tell your innermost secrets or go bragging to other masks about how many times you wore it in public last week.

If you’re new to Friday Flash Fiction, the pint-size Superhero who presides over this hallowed institution is The Periwinkle Gnat Wisoff-Fields. If you’d like to participate in this exercise in madness, head…

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Understanding Juneteenth

Understanding Juneteenth.

Filosofa's Word

Today is Juneteenth, and I would like to start with a few words from President Barack Obama …

Obama“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible––and there is still so much work to do.”

I planned to write a piece about Juneteenth, but I found that it had already been done, much better and much more authentically than I could possibly have done it, by Jamelle Bouie, an opinion columnist for the New York Times, and former chief political correspondent for Slate magazine.

Why Juneteenth Matters

It was black Americans who delivered on Lincoln’s promise of “a new birth of freedom.”

jamelle-bouieBy Jamelle Bouie

Opinion Columnist

Neither Abraham Lincoln nor the Republican Party freed the slaves. They helped set freedom in…

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Then … And Now, 2020

Lady Liberty with her hands covering her face says it all.

Filosofa's Word

Today, June 17th, marks the 135th anniversary of the arrival of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour.  I did a post similar to this one last year on this date (actually, a couple of days late), but this year my point is still valid and so I have updated it to reflect the differences between then and now.  The main difference this year is the issue of police brutality, and I have added some pictures to reflect this.

The statue arrived dismantled, in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases, and it would be October of the following year before it was fully re-assembled and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.  The statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and came to symbolize freedom and democracy.

In 1892, Ellis Island opened as…

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It’s been 4 yrs as of yesterday.

Kawanee is feeling better.

For those of you who haven’t been following along… I lost my husband 4 yrs ago on June 16th. He was over in China on business and I still don’t know what happened to him. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they decided to send me a picture of him decomposing in the morgue. This has left me with PTSD and severe anxiety as well as depression and other fun things. Since then, I had skin cancer, my favorite aunt had a stroke, I lost my job and found a new one… lost it 2 yrs later and then the same aunt spent 6 weeks in ICU and I’ve had to start taking care of my mother. She’s having some Alzheimer’s issues which has been just a wonderful ball of wax to deal with. And my leg is STILL messed up from 2016 plus I lost a major support line…

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