Not sure where we are but I know it’s pretty and we met Xena Warrior Princess

After our 5 hour car trip, Jeanne’s dad took us all out for a ride in his truck after dinner ( my first ever Sloppy Joe’s – they were brilliant, E ) and showed us some amazing places. Whilst we were watching the sun go down, we met a guy with his dog Xena Warrior Princess ( I kid you not ). Xena took an immediate liking to Jeanne – I figured she probably smelt more cat-like than we did 🙂 I’m not sure where we were but it was somewhere that took your breath away. I could have spent many hours just staring at the view – it is such a wonderful place.

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Brighton Beach but not as I know it

I came back from the US with over 2000 images on my camera (thank goodness for pao who bought me a new memory card for my camera just before we left) and I’m just going through them whilst plunging back into normal life. We were so lucky to be invited to E & T’s lovely home in Duluth for a few days soon after we arrived. Jeanne drove us ( it was quite an eventful trip of 5 hours where she discovered that she really should listen to Deidre and we ended up on dirt roads and pao was running up a railway track in bare feet (don’t ask) ) and we had our first ever visit to Dairy Queen ( a chicken one not a burger one ) at Pine City, MN where they think St Paul is foreign enough.

Although Jeanne had been driving 5 hours, she was kind enough to take us down to Brighton Beach for a sit by the lake. I don’t think I have ever been to such a beautiful place that took my breath away. It is hard to compute that we were by a lake and not by the open sea but in the far distance you could see the other side of the lake. It was like a mill pond and so still (unusual I am told). It could have been possible to sit there for hours and hours just staring at the beauty of the surroundings. I wanted to just drink it all in as much as possible. I was struck by how clean and how quiet it was even though it was the height of the tourist season.

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In which I should start at the beginning of July

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We went on a trip to the USA at the beginning of July for just over two weeks. Of course, we had to go to MN which we have become immensely fond of and we stayed with Jeanne and Michael (and Jeanne’s parents) most of our trip. We became great friends straight away with Bette who crawled right between us in our bed the very first night and revelled in the warmth. She is a cheeky minx 🙂

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Louie is quite the brilliant, lovely friendly chap who is always immensely pleased to see you but is so chilled out.

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Nora (my favourite) was rather skittish around us to start with but with some time and gentle persuasion, she became my friend. The first night she sat on the dresser and stared at us the whole night.

And so, we started our journey with the downstairs faction.. 🙂