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Gifts Of The Journey

The Fearless Pursuit Of A Life Worth Living

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The Gifts Of Time And LoveEFullSizeRenderAttachment-1

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:52:56 +0000

Ten birthdays together hardly seems possible yet here we are. It was a photo much like this one taken recently that made me take a second look almost ten years ago when John’s profile showed up in Guardian Soulmates. I was intrigued by his photo looking out to sea and have been delighted for the […](image)

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:13:18 +0000

A few months before my daughter turned 16 we went on a trip that taught me a lot about Miranda and what she was capable of on her own. I will add that I learned a few things about myself as well. I was looking for a different kind of experience for us, one that […](image)

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What I Discovered In the CoverupE5309784541_a7db24cab6article-0-119e3c91000005dc-406_634x806156851999492167350_2s4fakeq_f

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 04:30:07 +0000

A couple of days ago I had a small medical procedure that involved sutures near my ear and included a head wrap bandage that left me looking a bit like Jacob Marley’s Ghost in the Dickens classic,  A Christmas Carol. Moderately vain woman that I am, I wrapped one of my long scarves around my […](image)

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Keeping Company With Poldark In AmericaEp1000170img_9585fullsizerender-2fullsizerenderfullsizerenderfullsizerender

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:22:35 +0000

It’s the wee hours of cool morning in October as I write this and if the weather follows the direction of the last few days, I shall be peeling off the added layers rather quickly. Such variations in Georgia temperature are no surprise to me and I am looking forward to mild days well into […](image)

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Darkness Into LightEp1190532

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:42:36 +0000

When a blogger disappears if you’ve been reading them for any length of time you notice when they’re gone especially if they just drop out of sight without warning. But when it happens slowly over time with posts becoming less frequent, you may not even realize they are gone until one day you can’t remember the […](image)

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Noting Time – 29 Years of 8:03Em-snowflake-kiss

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:47:07 +0000

Facebook tells me that today is my daughter’s birthday as if I could ever forget. 8:03 It’s been 29 years since I heard a chorus of voices saying  “8:03″ almost in unison. Throughly exhausted by a 52 hour labor, I remember thinking, ” So what if it’s 8:03 ” before realizing a half second later […](image)

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Lisa Taylor Huff – A Bold SoulEParis 2010

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:29:24 +0000

Before I decided to begin a blog of my own, I spent several years following the blogs of others. One of the very first had a snappy title and a focus that appealed to me and I was hooked from the beginning. When I found her online, Lisa Taylor Huff was 45 and taking concrete […](image)

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Choosing A Front Door Color And What It Says About YouE20140706_16034120140725-11103120140726-144105photo 1photo32IMG_9488

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:35:23 +0000

Just so you don’t think this blog is all me having big moan since my return, let me show you one of the projects John got up to while I was in the US for eight weeks. We’ve had a piece of stained glass sitting in a window that looks out into our driveway almost […](image)

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Sleeping For England Or Taking A Break?EIMG_0141

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:37:16 +0000

I would not want you to think that I have been sleeping my life away during my absence from my blog, but the last year or so has certainly been one with major blank spaces with regard to blogging, writing in general, and to some extent, my photography. This photo of me napping under the […](image)

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Home or Away – Where Are You Going?ECornish Beach - Image by Elizabeth Harper

Mon, 12 May 2014 15:38:26 +0000

When I first met my husband on a UK dating site, my contact name, ‘ Reaching for Skye’ was something John thought was funny since he was living 800 miles away in Cornwall, England. With his second email came this question, ‘ You do know Cornwall is a long way from the Isle of Skye, […](image)

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Catching Your DeathEAngel Gravestone, St Willow Cornwall, Photo Credit, Elizabeth HarperP1010946P1050259P1010955P1050262P105026320140331_15031120140331_150318P1050269

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:34:02 +0000

During my teen years I was always being told to put on a coat because like most young people, I almost never wore one when I was going out. No amount of wheedling or the many times I heard, ” You’ll catch your death,”  had any impact and my coatless habit continued into adulthood until […](image)

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Going Bare To Raise Money For Breast Cancer Awareness & ResearchEMakeup Free E For Cancer Awareness

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:23:03 +0000

When I noticed some of my friends were raising money and awareness for breast cancer research on Facebook this morning by posting makeup free selfies, I had a little moan to my husband about how much I dislike things like this because I feel obligated to participate. Friends link to other friends suggesting they post […](image)

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It’s Alive … Honoring The GardenerEHorse on Village Green In EnglandPurple Hydrangea Bush, UKPurple Hydrangea Bush, UK

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:20:11 +0000

I have never been much of a gardener although I’ve purchased more than few books over the years on designing, building, and maintaining  an outdoor space, and I can certainly perform the routine maintenance tasks that go with a typical American yards such as grass cutting, hedge trimming, and weed pulling, but living in Cornwall […](image)

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When The Rocky Road Brings You LaughterEColorado Outward Bound 2003Elizabeth Harper, Outward Bound, Camp CookingElizabeth Harper, Backpacking in Colorado with Outward BoundColorado Rock In UK

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:21:12 +0000

When my daughter was fifteen we took a mother-daughter trip to Colorado to take part in an Outward Bound wilderness experience with some other parent/child combinations. We quickly made new friends and became part of an impromptu group of cheerleaders as we encouraged each other to take on a variety new experiences such as rock climbing […](image)

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Things To Know Before You Go – Expat Tips From American In EnglandEThe Return

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:31:29 +0000

About a week ago I was approached by HiFX who asked me to submit a tip to their new expat tip page. Submitting my tip made me realize that I have loads of quality advice for those thinking about a life abroad, so I thought I would share with you some tips I think everyone […](image)

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A Romantic Story For Valentine’s DayEThe Owl And The Pussy Cat (In French)The Owl And The Pussy Cat (In French)

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:31:27 +0000

In 1975 my great-aunt, Wylly Folk St John sent me this book in a birthday gift box for my fifteenth birthday. She always sent the best presents, and packages from her were special even when I was uncertain as to why she gave me certain things. I collected owls or owl themed items when I was […](image)

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Added Family, The Gifts You Gain By Sharing Your Family HistoryEFrancis Victor Winchurch c.1939John and Vic Winchurch

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:54:11 +0000

You may not know it, but my husband, John does a bit of writing too. He tends to focus most of his efforts on his genealogy pages having picked up the research bug that bit his father years ago. One could easily say that his dad’s initial interest actually started when faced with a question […](image)

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A Lot Can Happen In Five YearsEWedding Day - John Winchurch & Elizabeth Harper

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 23:57:15 +0000

This photograph was taken a few minutes before John and I married five years ago today and despite all that is happening in the background, it remains one of my favorites. I use to moan about the car, and the way our family and friends are all doing their own thing in the background, particularly […](image)

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Temple Church In Cornwall, A Place Of Refuge And WorshipETemple Church, CornwallTemple Church, CornwallTemple Church,IMG_0233Putting Out The Lights, Temple Church

Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:46:13 +0000

Two weeks ago I attended a candlelight Christmas carol service in a place where there has been a church since c.1120. Temple Church began as place of refuge for pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem when it was first founded according to several websites, by the Knights Templar. This link has some great information if […](image)

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