Blowing into Chesterfield

Blowing into Chesterfield

21 October 2014 Oh my word! What a storm-tossed flight it has been! I am so relieved to have landed safely in the United Kingdom! When I had said goodbye to my Virginia friends, Rosemary and Basil, last week (see: I’m on my way again), I had no idea that it would be such a … Continue reading

I’m on my way again

I’m on my way again

15 October 2014 After a perfectly scrumptilicious breakfast, Rosemary and Basil took me down to their local post office today. I had butterflies in my tummy. I wasn’t looking forward to saying goodbye to my friends. “We’ll need to find you a very strong envelope, Flat Kathy,” said Rosemary, as we walked into the post … Continue reading

Preparing for Halloween

Preparing for Halloween

13 October 2014 Rosemary and Basil and I sometimes went for a little stroll around the neighbourhood. It’s very pretty here. I noticed that some unusual decorations were starting to appear in people’s front gardens and in their windows. “What are all those decorations for, Rosemary?” I asked. “Pumpkins and gourds, spiders and creepy-looking things, … Continue reading

Re-routed to the UK

Re-routed to the UK

10 October 2014 “Flat Kathy, we have figured out a way for you to get back to Cape Town,” announced Rosemary at breakfast this morning. She and Basil were busy in the kitchen, preparing our customary bowl of muesli and fruit. I love that, it’s such a healthy combination, and always leaves me feeling full … Continue reading

Lazing about…

Lazing about…

09 October 2014 I have been feeling rather lethargic these last couple of weeks, and have been sleeping for long hours. Basil and Rosemary and I drove up to Cleveland in Ohio for a couple of weeks in September, to visit Basil’s brother, who used to be a doctor. But the weather wasn’t playing along. … Continue reading

Curling up with Paprika & Oregano

Curling up with Paprika & Oregano

08 October 2014 One day, my friends Paprika and Oregano phoned us to hear how we were doing. They’d been looking at some of the blog posts we’d written about the time I spent with them in July and August. It was lovely to reminisce about the adventures we had together. At first, I stayed … Continue reading

Please invite me for a visit?

Please invite me for a visit?

The time has come for me to say goodbye to Rosemary and Basil in Virginia, where I have been staying since the start of September. I had been looking forward to traveling south to my good friend Reggie down in Cape Town, but the South African Post Office has been on a strike for the … Continue reading

A day on the farm

A day on the farm

05 September 2014 My dear friends, what a day we had today!! Last night over supper, Rosemary turned to me and asked, “Have you ever gone apple-picking, Flat Kathy?” “No,” I said, shaking my head regretfully. “Reggie had wanted to take me strawberry picking… and cherry picking… but I wasn’t in South Africa at the … Continue reading

A Labor Day Party

A Labor Day Party

1 September 2014 My dear friends, I cannot wait to tell you how much fun I had today with Rosemary and Basil! A few days ago, I learned that Americans celebrate Labor Day on the first weekend of September; this public holiday honors all the workers who have contributed to the economic development and prosperity … Continue reading

We go shopping

We go shopping

30 August 2014 My hosts in Virginia, Rosemary and Basil, have really made me feel like I am part of their family. Today, we went shopping together. They even allowed me to help push the shopping trolley for them, while they bought some things for the house. It seems that they only moved to Virginia … Continue reading

Whack! Smash! Sprint….!

Whack! Smash! Sprint….!

26 August 2014 Like Reggie’s mom Karin, back in faraway Cape Town, my hosts in Virginia also seem to be big fans of tennis. My arrival coincided with the start of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Rosemary, Basil and I sat down to watch the first rounds of this huge tournament, to determine the best … Continue reading

Hello, Virginia!

Hello, Virginia!

25 August 2014 I have arrived in Virginia! As you know, my New Jersey family – Paprika and Oregano – had dropped me off at their local post office a few days ago. I was already missing them – and particularly playful little Otis and cuddly Linus. Although I was traveling in a comfortable, padded … Continue reading

I’m off to Virginia

I’m off to Virginia

23 August 2014 After our Alaskan adventure, we were all happy to return to sunny summer weather in New Jersey. Paprika and I spent a few days relaxing in the courtyard and garden, but we both knew that I would be leaving again soon. “Flat Kathy, it’s time for you to continue with your travels. … Continue reading

Making the most of our last day in Alaska

Making the most of our last day in Alaska

15 August 2014 Our Alaskan adventure was coming to an end, but our long flight back to the east coast didn’t leave until late afternoon. Paprika and Oregano decided to squeeze in a visit to one more museum before heading to the airport. During our trip through Alaska, we have all been fascinated by how … Continue reading

A Day in Denali National Park

A Day in Denali National Park

14 August 2014 Today we went to visit Denali National Park and Preserve. This park is 7,370 square miles and covers over 6 million acres. The stewards of the park have kept it intact and it appears today, much has it did hundreds of years ago. The park is home to what rangers refer to … Continue reading

At sea – At last!

At sea – At last!

13 August 2014 The unrelenting rain and fog continued to be unrelenting, but we were FINALLY able to go out on a glacier cruise. Despite the rain and fog, Captain Steve took Paprika, Oregano and two other soggy souls out to see tidewater glaciers. We had to take an abbreviated tour because the weather and … Continue reading

On the Kenai Peninsula

On the Kenai Peninsula

10 August 2014 Our Alaskan adventure continues and so too does the rain. Thankfully, Paprika, Oregano and I have all the appropriate rainy weather attire, so we’ve been out and about enjoying ourselves. We may be soggy and starting to develop mildew, but we’re still having fun. Yesterday we left Girdwood to drive south to … Continue reading

A rainy day in Alaska

A rainy day in Alaska

09 August 2014 As predicted, our boat tour of the glaciers and marine animals of Prince William Sound was canceled due to bad weather. We were all disappointed, but high winds, pouring rain and rough seas would have turned my sunny yellow complexion green with seasickness. Paprika and Oregano chalked it up as part of … Continue reading

Dog sledding vicariously

Dog sledding vicariously

8 August 2014 My dear friends and readers, As you may know from my previous posts, I am currently having an Alaskan Adventure with my friends, Paprika and Oregano. I learned yesterday that we are approximately 16,860 km away from Cape Town, which is where I was just a few weeks ago! It feels almost … Continue reading