Live from Cornwall: Blog carnivals and the Amazon winner.Posted by Donna Freedman on Mar 9, 2011 | 10 comments
Pam F. is the winner of the $20 Amazon.com gift card. She’ll use it to birthday gifts for her little sister. (Cue the girl noise: Awwww!) Thanks to all who entered.
I entered two blog carnivals this week and was happy to get into both:
- “My credit card got hacked” is in the Carnival of Money Stories, hosted by Squirrelers.
- “A frugal traveler’s best friend,” one of my posts at MSN Money Smart Spending, is in the Festival of Frugality at Money Beagle.
On the train ride to Cornwall today I met a delightful woman who has traveled extensively and once shot photos of a tiger while riding on an elephant. She suggested accompanying me to Paris on a day trip (boy, does that sound weird) this weekend or, if the Chunnel train tickets are too costly, to tour me around Windsor (the region, not the castle).
I’m leaning toward the latter. Getting only six or seven hours in the City of Light might ultimately feel like a tremendous tease as well as a gluttonous bite from my budget. Since I’m already hoping to come back in order to visit Ireland and/or Scotland and/or Spain, perhaps I could throw France into the mix.
I’m here to visit Elizabeth Harper, who blogs at Gifts of the Journey. She and her husband, John, drove me around the neighborhood and to a village where the “Doc Martin” TV series is filmed. We saw pheasant dashing along the lanes and hedges like the Cornish version of the Roadrunner, and a number of wild ponies that were grazing so close to the lane that John had to stop the car lest he collide with their shaggy butts.
I also got to ring a bell at a 12th-century church. Elizabeth claims to have video. But she’s given me right of first refusal so If I look like a complete goon I’ll ask her to delete it.
Right now she and I are sitting side by side on her couch to update our sites, trade links and moan about writing. I’m afraid we’ve driven her husband into the sanctuary of his own computer room with our constant chatter about writing. Sorry, John, and thanks for the delicious turkey chili.