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Road Trip Day 12 – Ghost Town at Animas Forks

Saturday 15th September 2018

Having looped all around, we drove back to Durango today and met our dear friends from Flagstaff with whom we are to share a few days of our trip. They have a 4×4 in which they have offered to drive us into the back country on the road known as the Alpine Loop to visit a Ghost Town, left abandoned by the gold and silver miners in the early 1900s and which by 1920 was a Ghost Town. First a gallery to show some of the sights on today’s drive of 186 miles.

From Durango off we went to find Animas Forks, a little town which I found very moving indeed.
Some of my readers may remember the research I did in 2016 into a Cornish tin miner who emigrated to Colorado, taking his sought after hard rock mining skills. This was the kind of place he may have come to. For those new to my work – his fiancée, Mary, followed him, travelling alone across the seas from Cornwall then across the USA to be with her John. They married and had a child, Foster, whose war grave is in St Euny Graveyard, just down the road from us. John died when Foster was very young and Mary returned to Redruth, with her little boy, to be with her family – another challenging and amazing journey for a young woman in the late 1800s.  Foster died in 1916, while in training to join WW1 and his mother died just 6 months later. They are buried in the same grave in St Euny.
I walked around this remote town in the mountains imagining Mary, fresh from Cornwall, in this bleak environment.

The drive was another challenging one but this time we weren’t driving! The Quaking Aspens were becoming more beautiful by the day, the road rougher and the destination more remote. What must Mary, coming to meet her much loved man, have been thinking as she made this journey at only 21 years old?

If you’d like to know more about Animas Forks, here is a link to Wikipedia 

 

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Bridge, River and Pain au Chocolat

We have crossed The Tamar on the Brunel Bridge, left Cornwall and come to London for four days. I love how the boats all line up un the river which today was so very still. We met T, LiveWire No 3, from school and took her to our favourite cafe, Joie de Vie, for a treat.

River Tamar

Leaving Cornwall

Tea time treat

 

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Sightseeing in Lisbon

What a lot of walking and what a lot of lovely things to see. Join us on our stomp!

Pavement designs of city emblem.


A superb example of Manueline  architecture.


Discombobulating design that makes one feel that the earth is moving, reminiscent of the earthquake.

Children on a school trip.

Colourful market produce in Mercado de Ribeiro.

After the funicular ride.

Making the best of a hole in the wall!

Fatima’s hands.

A fabulous shop full of things I could buy! All I bought was a scarf but that might change if we return tomorrow…..

I love the detail in the cloth  of this young newspaper boy.



Lamps on three corners.

Pasteis de natal which we had at the end of the afternoon in a small cafe near our hotel.

 

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Breakfast, Nazares and Lisbon

Bucks Fizz has been on offer each morning in our Porto Hotel and this morning, being our last, some of our party indulged!

Our long journey was broken half way through by a visit to Nazares, a lovely old town on the coast.


A stroll around the streets near our hotel in Lisbon revealed some more street art. Both here and in Porto, in between the glorious architecture, there seem to be very many abandoned buildings left to deteriorate. At least here they have been painted with some humour and imagination.

The streets were pretty in the dappled sunlight.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in art, Beauty, environment

 

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Flight, Porto and Pudding

After a two hour flight we landed in the warmth of Portuguese sunshine, had a walk near our hotel to orient ourselves and went out for dinner, delicious especially the pudding!




 
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Posted by on October 8, 2017 in Beauty

 

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Knitting, Barcelona and Bristol

A parcel of baby clothes has been sent from Daughter no 3 for the soon-to-be-born Grandbaby twins.  It contains little things that I have knitted over the last eight years for all of our Grandbabies so far and among those treasures I found the first tiny cardigan that I knitted in 1973 for our own first baby!


We left Barcelona this morning……..

……..   arriving in Bristol this afternoon where we picked up the car and are now in London with two more LiveWires. Our eldest daughter has arrived this evening and tomorrow the rest of the family will be here for a rather late family get together for Christmas!


Just before landing in Bristol, green fields of home!

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Beauty, family, knitting

 

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Making, Roses and A Poem

Oldest LiveWire and I have spent much of the day making one of her Christmas presents, a wooden jewellery box that needed construction and painting. It is a present from her Aunt, Uncle and Cousin in Norfolk.  N is remarkably careful and attentive to detail and all the construction is done. Tomorrow she will paint and decorate it when all the glue is thoroughly dry.

It is lovely to see yellow roses blooming.

 

New Year Resolve  by May Sarton

The time has come

To stop allowing the clutter

To clutter my mind

Like dirty snow,

Shove it off and find

Clear time, clear water.
Time for a change,

Let silence in like a cat

Who has sat at my door

Neither wild nor strange

Hoping for food from my store

And shivering on the mat.
Let silence in.

She will rarely mew,

She will sleep on my bed

And all I have ever been

Either false or true

Will live again in my head.
For it is now or not

As old age silts the stream,

To shove away the clutter,

To untie every knot,

To take the time to dream,

To come back to still water.

I really  do need to clear the clutter!

 

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