England

We only get by with a lot of help from our friends

We only get by with a lot of help from our friends

What do I do when my love is away? (Does it worry you to be alone?) How do I feel by the end of the day? (Are you sad because you're on your own?) No I get by with a little help from my friends Mm I get high with a little help from my friends Mm gonna try with a...

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Why we meditate

Why we meditate

It’s hard to believe we left Toronto just four months ago. We’ve packed a lot into such a short time. We started with an ambitious plan the day we left Toronto: to drive to Newfoundland. We made it to Perth, Ontario. We stopped instead to rest and decompress with...

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Our shipwreck at sea… in a farmer’s field

Our shipwreck at sea… in a farmer’s field

  Have you ever been to sea in a tiny boat during a storm? I think we just did that. Or at least now we can really imagine what it might be like. We’ve been in the Lake District for many weeks now during a peculiarly wet summer. The worst in many years according...

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A glacier’s gift to the British

A glacier’s gift to the British

We’re in love with the fells and the stone walls of England. In a sense, both were left here by the glaciers at the end of the last ice age; a parting gift to the British Isles it would take 14 thousand years to appreciate properly. Where once glaciers had grown fat...

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We did it our Cumbria Way: Part II

We did it our Cumbria Way: Part II

  Sometimes in life you can feel boxed in, backed into a corner, with no exit. The thought of starting out the day soaking wet, trudging 24km uphill (mostly at the end of the day), only to finish soaking wet was depressing. The situation felt a lot bleaker when I...

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We did it our Cumbria Way: Part I

We did it our Cumbria Way: Part I

  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to carry a 40 or 50 pound backpack up and down steep hillsides for nine days in the pouring rain? Maybe no. Likely not. I know Karen has never, ever wondered about it. But I actually have wondered that exact thing....

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Autumn in the English countryside

Autumn in the English countryside

We have returned to the mundane world and are now back online. England is one of our most favourite places in the world. We arrived at Heathrow on October 15, pretty excited. We had a pleasant flight on British Airways that, apart from the starvation on us imposed by...

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England: 30 days in Hereford

England: 30 days in Hereford

We are happy to report our arrival in England.    The flight was smooth... and we are resting up in our Yotel here at Heathrow before we jump on a bus to Hereford. For the next 30 days, however, we will be here: Vipassana Meditation Centre, UK. Well actually,...

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