Phoenicia in the Catskills

43 thoughts on “Phoenicia in the Catskills”

  1. It does look rather wonderful. I hope you’re feeling more like yourself now. The hot weather doesn’t suit everyone and energy levels can be low, beautiful though it all is. Thanks for introducing me to Phoenicia. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. I am definitely better than before, Jo. Thanks for asking. The body has a way of throwing curveballs at one. It is quite so hot suddenly. My skin is throwing tantrums, but it is summer, what did it expect? πŸ™‚ And you are welcome, I cannot wait to hike some day in Phoenicia. xx

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    1. Thank you, Sheree. The heart beats a little faster with anticipation every time we happen upon such old places. xx

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  2. That almost abandoned house looks irresistible to me. It’s no wonder you wanted to explore it but it must have been a surprise to see the old man with the beard πŸ™‚ I couldn’t help but laugh out loud picturing him squinting at you wondering who the pretty young lady was! Very funny! A very charming town – Neek

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    1. Heh you are cute to imagine the scene. I veer towards the thought that he was a squatter but of course it is my fancy πŸ˜› Thank you Neek! I am telling you that house had old dusty treasures that I espied through its broken windows. xx

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  3. Yours is the kind of writing I’d want on audio, so I can listen to it before bed, let it soothe me to sleep. It’s so descriptive and comforting. I kinda begrudge any future children you may have… their bedtime stories are bound to be bloody amazing, even if your just describing the weather that day 🌞☁️
    Also, I’d want to explore that old house so badly!

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    1. Now now, Sarah you are too kind. Thank you! I think your words made me smile. It is one of the nicest things that anyone has said. I shall now execute a pirouette (in my head) and nibble on chocolate. And hey, I almost fell into that booby trap, the dug-in grounds around the house, because I wanted to peep into the shed. The thought of an irate husband descending upon my head was a successful deterrent. πŸ˜‰ xx

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    1. Hi Tracey, it is just above a couple of hours to Phoenicia from the city. It is an easy day trip. I had underestimated the charm of the Catskills. Naturally, the rewards were unexpected.
      The old man was at a better vantage point, so I think the pleasure was entirely mine.

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  4. Oh! Those clouds in the first photo. It’s sunglasses weather! I admire you and Adi’s adventurousness! Hope you’re not getting weather that is too hot! We’re starting to get 80-degree weather, which we in Seattle feel faint over. πŸ™‚

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    1. It is, Theresa, and lotsa iced tea. It is so hot! I was intent on hikes there but that day it was too late for one. I can imagine that in Seattle that would be It. πŸ˜› We are in the mid-30s (C) and I am ready to head to Kamchatka! xx

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      1. Oh, yeah, that heat is so enervating, just drains the energy from you, eh? I know you miss your beloved Cornwall, even more so now in this season. I think of you often, and your delightful travel mind! πŸ™‚

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      2. Aw thank you, also for remembering my beloved Cornwall. In fact, I was writing about it. Telepathy exists then (?). xx

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      3. Yeah, that heat is so punishing. And humidity! We’re heading to Port Townsend (on the Olympic Peninsula) on Thursday with the family, and it’s always a bit cooler over there. Good thing, since it’s supposed to be 80s F here over the weekend and into next week, hot for us, anyway!

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      4. How delightful that you are going to get a breather from the heat! Have a wonderful time in Port Townsend and lap up the cool for me too. xx

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      5. I think yo’d love Port Townsend, Dippy-Dotty Girl! Ocean, rocky beaches, Victorian-style downtown buildings, 3 great little bookstores and small fun places to eat. A vintage-and-contemporary movie theater! πŸ™‚ Maybe when you come visit family some time in the future, they’d love to take a trip there with you and Adi! (It’s about 2.5-3 hours’ drive from Seattle, including ferry travel)

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      6. Oh but I have to after you described it so beautifully. The thought of three bookstores and the mountains, why I am sold.
        I just looked it up too. Looks just purr-fect πŸ™‚ Thanks lovely! xx

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      7. Ah. We are having hotter-than-normal weather here this week, sadly for me, but it looks like it will cool off now that we are past the weekend, cool off a little (low 70s F). Nothing compared to your east-coast heat, I’m sure! πŸ™‚

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  5. Stunning photos of this area, Dippy. That gorgeous church, that huge dog, or is it a horse! Lol! and the creepy house with the trap!! What a town! I have heard of this area but never have I seen it. Thanks for showcasing it.

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    1. Thank you Amanda, I am glad I could bring a sliver of it to you. Haha the Great Dane was the cutest, drool-some fellow with just one eye (which made me sorry for it). I suppose its genetic pre-disposition is to blame for it. But yeah, I loved the town and our boho friend added something extra to it. x

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      1. This particular breed, the Harlequin GDs are prone to genetic problems in their ears and eyes.

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    1. Thank you Lorelle. It does though mine is ovary-related. πŸ™‚ A cyst. Bloat, pain, yadda yadda. But I am better.
      The town was straight out of the books. We got delayed that day or I was set upon a juicy hike. Another day, I suppose. But it’s only getting hotter. How is it at your end? xx

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      1. Oh join the club!! I too have similar issues! After turning 40, the body seems to be on a whole new path of its own 😫
        Here it’s so cold Arundhati. I look for that 10 mins of sunshine in the afternoons. Today none πŸ˜•
        The kids are on school holidays. Plenty of sleep ins and rest which is lovely. Tomorrow we are off to visit my niece and nephew who are staying at my mum and dads as my sister is working. So we will pop in and see them in the morning and then head off to have lunch with my husband at our regular little Japanese cafe near his work. Enjoy the rest of your week. Xx

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      2. Well these changes are bloody expensive I say (it turned out to be a dilated fallopian tube and not cysts, after a Pelvis MRI). Sigh. I am looking for a Homeopathic cure but I am sure the doctor shall not be gung-ho about it.

        Sounds lovely, this mid-week treat at the Japanese cafe, and meeting up with your sister’s kids. I am sending some sunshine your way, I have way too much of it anyway. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the week and weekend. xx

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      3. They sure are. I too was seeking alternative solutions. Chinese doctors and naturopaths. Can’t harm to try. Everyone has a different result, so I am always keen to try something different before drastic western medication solutions.
        I caught your sunshine today…the whole 5 mins of it, and it was worth it. Thanks lovely, enjoy your weekend too. XX

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      4. That is fantastic, Lorelle. I caught some of it on an early morning run and it was divine. To a mind that is open to possibilities. xx

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  6. You got me with your headline, both such interesting names. What a peaceful looking place. I had to giggle about you ballistically googling places to see. I’m very guilty of doing that and need to remind myself that a little surprise is a good thing. I’m glad this trip left you feeling better.

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    1. Thank you Caroline. I used to be a fanatic about research, I still am, but only once in a while do I let myself slip. πŸ™‚

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      1. I have been doing the same, watching the world cup with different emotions. It has been such a roller coaster of a ride this year. Loved it. Meanwhile, I am enjoying the long summer evenings but trying to see out this humid heat at our end.

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