The Girl Next Door

A popular movie theme in a certain era was “The Girl Next Door”. Think of “Judy” who grew up next to “Chip” (called Chipper, to his embarrassment, by Mom and Dad. “Aw, Mom!”). Judy was pretty, but not glamorous, and a little younger than Chip. It was obvious to the audience that Judy was a …

Watching the Walkers

After leaving Stuart Island, we paid an overnight visit to Garrison Bay at the northern end of San Juan Island. Much of the land surrounding the bay is private, so no shore access. But on one side is San Juan Island National Historic Park. We like to go ashore at English Camp and walk to …

Stuart Island

Faithful readers will remember Stuart Island from previous journeys of P.V. Impromptu. The Island has a few year-round residents, more in years past, but is now mostly a spot for second homes. There are two harbors on Stuart Island: Prevost Harbor on the north side, and Reid Harbor on the south. Both have a dock, …

Jones Island

Another week of projected good weather inspired more self-isolation on the high seas. Once again the challenge was to plan in itinerary that included only uninhabited (or very sparsely inhabited) places. We began our journey with a two-and-a-half hour cruise to little Jones Island. Jones, which lies just off the western coast of Orcas Island, …

Curses!

After unleashing I ❤️ Small Museums on the world, I realized that there is one more small museum that I just have to show you. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic – Boscastle, England https://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk We hired a car in Bristol intending to spend a month meandering down the north coast of Devon and Cornwall …

Not a Museum

Maryborough, Queensland, Australia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryborough,_Queensland We hired a car (Can’t say “rented”. This is Australia, mate!) in Sydney intending to make our way north to Gladstone on the Queensland coast. After several fun-filled days in Brisbane, we were looking for a place to stop before we were due to arrive in Gladstone. Maryborough seemed like a …

I ❤️ Small Museums

As the late, great Billie Holiday once sang: Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, bloggers gotta blog. I started this damp Saturday by boring the socks off of the nice folks who use Convoglio email. They were treated to a longish discourse on two alternative ways to train Spam filters. Count yourself lucky if you …

Bear and Not Bear

People are putting bears in their windows to amuse passersby. We wanted to get in on the fun, but our house isn’t ideal since we don’t have any windows on the front of the house. So we did what we could with the “windows” in our front door. The little guy peeking down from above …

Slimy, Glowing Things

When I first arrived as a new immigrant to what was then immodestly known as “God’s Own Country”, there were far fewer major tourist attractions than there are today. The mud pots of Rotorua bubbled as they still do, Queenstown was a charming village set amongst mind-numbing scenery between lakes and mountains. A variety of …