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The Dorset Rambler

Well as I sit at my desk typing this blog, the rain is pouring down outside – yet again!!!  It’s been one on those years so far in England, just rain, rain, and more rain with just the odd better day in between.  Ah, the good old English summer – lazy, hazy, crazy days – don’t you just love ’em!  We wish!  Actually I don’t mind walking in the rain if it starts raining when I’m already out, but there seems little point in going out if it is raining already…….but I miss walking when I am trapped in by the weather.  Still, without it what would we English have to talk about ;)!

I did manage to get out recently for a great walk through some lush countryside and some beautiful meadows, not to mention a couple of hill forts and an old mill.  It started with a lovely…

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I love Sarajevo!!!



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Something for all you Olympic swimmers out there

Genuine Joy

The US Olympic Swimming Trials have concluded, so, now what? Many great questions have come through my inbox from readers, which I’ll address in this piece, as to what happens next for the swimmers who have qualified for the Olympics and their families.

1) What is the protocol for the swimmers who have made the Olympic team?

As a swimmer, if you are a contender for the Olympic Games, you arrange to have your passport ready and up-to-date before leaving for the Swimming Trials.  After officially making the team, the first stop, drug testing and processing — paper work filled out, Visas complete (if needed) and sizes given for team outfitting.  If the swimmer qualifies early in the meet, they relax and wait until the conclusion of the Trials, when on the last night, the entire team is introduced.  Some families see their swimmer throughout the meet, but for those…

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Really worth a read!

I am Afraid very afraid of my growing obsession with this blog.


That’s right. I said it.

Blogging scares me.

This blog, this place that was created to be a bright and shiny window to my deepest, innermost thoughts, was born almost a month ago. And I have yet to make and publish* one single post.

*publish being the key word. I’ve written thousands in my head.**

**only slightly exaggerated.

It’s not that I haven’t been laughing. Or loving. And Lord knows I’ve been eating. Life has still been happening here. And it has been (mostly) wonderful.I am 100% sure that this severe-lack-of-posting funk has nothing whatsoever to do with me having nothing to say, but rather everything to do with the irrational, unexplainable, cold sweat/makes-me-want-to-puke/sudden-loss-of-brain-funtion inducing fear that I am met with each and every time I put my fingers to the keys.

After spending a few weeks believing that I was clinically insane and needed to be medicated…

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Burdah with Mersut Kurtis

Burdah with Mersut Kurtis.

Day 1 It’s started

Press This

via Day 1 It’s started.