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  • Steve’s Mission January 21, 2018 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”…..H Jackson Brown, Jr.                 As the years go by, the list of things I “didn’t do” seems to grow longer and longer. I didn’t see the pyramids or the Acropolis. I never went to Moscow or Rio. I have yet to drive a Ferrari. Wonder what it would feel like to jump out of an airplane? In recent years we older types have come to refer to these things we didn’t do (at least not yet) as our Bucket List. My younger readers may wonder at the derivation of this term, as like so many things we grew up with, the phrase “to kick the bucket” has just about passed out of common use. But I digress. What’s this all about? Simply put, it’s an attempt to partially empty my bucket. While there are other motivations, the truth is that I have confined my enjoyment of some of the greatest automotive adventures to the pages of magazines for too many years. Don’t get me wrong, I have had some great experiences behind the wheel. The Healey tours of Scotland and New Zealand come to mind. But mecca for a British car fanatic remains jolly old Blighty. And what better way to avail oneself of all of the tours, shows, vintage races and marvelous back roads then to take up residence for a summer with a classic car to hand? So that’s my plan. You can read more about the details in the posts that follow. I do hope that you will sign up to follow my future blog posts. I promise that I won’t litter your mailbox daily, and that what you will read and see will be the best of my experiences and worth your time. “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God”….Kurt Vonnegut

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  • Living the Cottage Life January 22, 2018 Allow me to plagiarize from the website offering my cottage for rent.                 “The Old Reading Room is an exceptionally well presented, personal and romantic country cottage set in the heart of this lovely and tranquil village. The cottage which itself is contemporary and light, and fantastically located to explore the Cotswold’s, has been meticulously restored (and maintained) to a very high specification from what was originally the old school room where local children would have practiced their reading and music.  The cottage provides light, airy and extremely welcoming accommodation set across two floors, with a number of traditional features balancing out a clean and modern feel, including traditional Cotswold stone walls, open-log burning fire and pretty beams. Externally the property has access to a peaceful, secluded country cottage garden. The Old Reading Room is situated in the heart of Bledington, an archetypal Cotswold village with a quintessential village green, attractive stream with Bledington ducks, together with the acclaimed The Kings Head, which serves real ale as ...
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