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Sleepy Saturday

Today’s another sleepy Saturday, perfect for simply relaxing at home and avoiding the drizzling rain that has been intermittently interrupting my sunshine. We’re back at our first ever house sit, and I’m absolutely loving it, even with the rain.

But today I want to reminisce on another quiet place in England where we stayed for a couple weeks this fall. We already shared photos of the park and cemetery, but today I’m posting a few photos of the other route we’d walk with our dog. She was so lively and loving, and could run for miles chasing a ball, so excited and pleased to retrieve it and return it to us.

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Leipzig Christmas Market

Leipzig Germany Christmas Market

The 25th may have come and gone already, but I couldn’t resist posting another Christmas-related, photo-laden story. And it doesn’t get more nostalgic and seasonal than a Christmas market!

We have been posting chronologically thus far, and now at last we’re up to our time in Leipzig, Germany. We spent three wonderful weeks there housesitting/crashing at a family friend’s house. She was kind enough to let us stay and watch over the place while she was away on vacation, and we found it to be one of the nicest homes we’ve sat. And she was unbelievably hospitable– leaving a handmade, scrapbooked guide to the town on our arrival, and taking us out to the Christmas market when she returned.

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Learning to Care for Chickens!

Housesitting has been a blast, and it’s also forced us to go outside our comfort zones on a few things. We had to learn to care for chickens on our second assignment this year, and although I was confident we would be able to–hence why we accepted in the first place– I was a little nervous about how it would go.

Ever since seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s famous The Birds, I’ve been wary of any sizable gatherings of feathered beasts… even poultry.

Thankfully, I’m not as nervous around birds as my sister is (did we have a bird encounter as children?) so we decided that learning to care for chickens was outweighed by a snuggly dog and a 200 year old cottage in the English countryside. #priorities

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Walking in Newton St. Cyres

London’s got its swanky appeal, but after awhile one is ready to move to a sleepy little hamlet. At least we were. After two wonderful– but hectic– weeks in London, we moved on to a small town in the southwest of England. In Newton St. Cyres we were immediately enchanted by a 200 year old cottage complete with a yappy dog and brood of chickens.

Basically, we became country folk. (ha!)

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December Vlog Challenge: Winter Wonderland

december vlog challenge winter wonderland

It’s time for another #decembervlogchallenge post! This time we’re taking you on a tour of the snowy mountainside in the Black Forest of Germany. Just a low-key, wrap up in something cozy, cup your hands around a thermos of hot chocolate, turn up the soft Christmas music, totally relax kind of winter wonderland tour.


If you’re wanting to link up your own Christmas-themed vlogs from this week, visit the first post from the challenge here!

And just in case you are new and want to jump in, the prompts are below. Wednesdays are for topics everyone follows, and Saturdays are open to share your own kind of Christmas cheer! So take note of bold Wednesday posts that everyone can do, and the italic Saturday posts are just our ideas for the “open ended” days, which you’re welcome to steal and reinterpret for yourself as well (:

2 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS from childhood, your favorite, ones you do with a significant other, what you plan to do/do with your kids

5 SNOWY WINTER SCENE-or maybe another local Christmas event you attend?

9 DEAR SANTA LETTER- what would you write if you were going to write one this year… serious or funny!

12 FAVORITE HOLIDAY SONGS- easy for anyone! read us a list, karaoke a little for us, get creative!

16 CREATIVE GIFTING- what are some ideas for getting creative with gifting this year? whether it’s for $$ reasons, feeling extra crafty, looking to really personalize gifts, etc… (for us it’s being on the other side of the world from our family!)

19 MAKING “STOCKINGS”- we’re putting together ghetto stockings/paper bags (ha!) as our Christmas decor “on the road” this year.. maybe you could tell us about your home decorations?

23 THREE WAYS TO BE INTENTIONAL THIS SEASON- I really don’t want to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, and it takes a conscious effort sometimes! how do you manage this? what are your tips?

26 A LONDON CHRISTMAS- I plan to post a little video of our London Christmas.. probably our dinner with friends and some Christmas activities… you can do the same wherever you are! since this is the day after Christmas I plan to keep it simple/minimum time input 🙂

30 ONE GREAT THING FROM 2015 AND ONE THING TO ANTICIPATE IN 2016- just a little way to wrap up 2015 and start 2016 off with some positive vibes!