160804 Jill’s blog of daily life

What day is it anyway?


Where am I?

Calgary (home)


Nice day to be outside

What I did in my non-blogging life

As excessive as this is, I went out for breakfast again, yes that is three days in a row. I needed some time alone out of the house and a breakfast was the way to do it. I took a book and it was a very worthwhile experience.

The book is The Old Ways, by Robert Macfarlane. I enjoy reading about walking, and this book is exactly that, with loads of detail in the descriptions, erudition in the observations, and enthusiasm in the enterprise. I don’t like reading reviews ahead of reading a book or seeing a movie, but if you do, here’s a link to the New York Times.

I keep thinking I should be writing down all the places Macfarlane writes about, but I don’t want to stop reading to do it!

Once back home I have to say the pace slowed somewhat and it was not a very productive day though I did do 2 hours of volunteer work, plus a bit more. (I try and keep it to 2 hours a day, Monday to Friday, but that’s not always possible.)

I was a bit worried about Dog 2. I must have startled her because she started barking at me. Either that or I had hurt her, and that in turn would mean there was something painful around her head where I had touched her. Did she have an ear ache? A sore tooth? She is not an easy dog to handle so I had to wait a few hours for a chance to check, after she was calm again.

Luckily, she seems to be OK. I have no idea what set her off, though.

What I did in my blogging life

Had a Skype call about the business of travel writing and in particular how to be more productive. Well, it’s not rocket science. Like maybe going out for breakfast three times in a row isn’t exactly the brightest move.

Spent some time on picture editing. In New Zealand I saw so many inventive vanity license plates that I started taking pictures of them, and it has become a minor obsession. Today I went through some of the NZ pictures and pulled out about a dozen vanity plate shots to edit and post. I even gave them their own category, in the pull-down menu under “Jill’s blog”.

My Instagram today features the doorway to the church of Saint Clara or Klara, in Stockholm. I kept bumping into this church without looking for it, and one day I went inside. Gorgeous!

And here’s a NZ vanity plate for good measure.

RYDE, a vanity plate from New Zealand. "We can pimp your RYDE Custom car interiors."

RYDE, a vanity plate from New Zealand. “We can pimp your RYDE Custom car interiors.”


This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.

1. Is this experience open to the public?


2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?

I did.

3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?


4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?

Yes. I did go as a regular visitor.


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