Tag Archives: England

Looking for beauty

Sometimes  we just need a bit of beauty, a reminder that despite the conflict, and crises, and challenges each of us encounter in every corner of the earth, goodness exists, and beauty soothes. Nature is a certain antidote for whatever ails us. Enjoy this glimpse, a photo I took of a sunrise off our balcony in Eastbourne, UK, overlooking the […]

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Bargain bastions: England’s second-hand treasure troves

It’s nearing closing time, so the hunt accelerates. Our eyes peruse the tangle of glass, metal and wood, scanning the confusing landscape for the perfect addition for our new home: a table? Lamp? Chair? Suddenly, there! A four-foot, beveled-edge mirror, tucked behind a stack of cruddy paintings leaning against a wall. Experienced bargain hunters like us know to look beneath […]

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Big wheels in the used two-wheel business

“Men’s Giant mountain bike,” read the advertisement. “65 GBP ($100.) Recently overhauled and in good shape. Many others for sale.” Hmmm… In the hunt for a bike to ride while we’re in England but mentally ticking the “too good to be true” box on this one, I was prepared to move on in my search, probing the Gumtree website and the […]

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