Beauty in the Sky

This was only the second blog story I ever posted when Away In Autumn started as a travel blog and I was visiting Iceland and Scotland. In autumn of course. What an amazing adventure. I keep coming back to this post lately, and deeply missing those green luminous Northern Lights and this majestic experience of…

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Doing Ordinary Things with Extraordinary Love (& Pie)

Baked golden pastry, warmed butter, cinnamon, rain falling outside… Last week we made pumpkin pie together and we tried a new recipe for both the pastry and the pumpkin filling. I live in a community house duplex for folks on various journeys towards wellness. Baking together is not only a delicious adventure, but it also…

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Birthdays and Last Days of Summer

I was six and chose my favourite yellow dress with white polka dots. I remember pulling it out of the closet and putting it on. I have a photo of myself with short cropped hair, wearing the yellow dress. I was sharing my birthday party with my brother. Both of us with summer birthdays. My…

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Smelling the Flowers

The Scottish gardens and the flowers made it hard not to stop every two minutes and smell them. You can be quite a long time on a walk at that rate. They are colourful, cheerful, and as “scottish” as you would picture them to be. The garden that touched me the most was the Queen…

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Following the Castle Trail

Castles are everywhere in Scotland–some restored, some rebuilt and some in ruins in the hills. While there wasn’t enough time to follow the entire castle trail, I’ve explored five castles–all of them charming, beautiful, and full of stories and history: Stirling, Edinburgh, Eilean Donan, Urquhart, and Inverlochy Castles. The weather, landscape, and stories gave each a unique feel and distinct…

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Wind at my Back

I love Scotland. Iceland was wonderful, but Scotland has made its way into my heart. There is something so charming and unforgettable here–narrow winding streets, hidden tea rooms, kindness of strangers, warmer weather, and the beautiful friends I am staying with… and I am happy here. Upon first arriving, I was more than an hour late landing,…

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On My Way…

Day 1 of Iceland, and a close friend from back home asked me if I would post a blog. So here you go, friend. Yesterday I was officially on my way, with a 9:00 pm flight to Iceland and enough time at the airport to watch the Blue Jays hold a winning score for the first 6 wonderful…

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