Sussex England

Sussex England

Prepare to enjoy a host of photos on today’s blog, all about Sussex, England. This county in the south of Britain is next door to Kent, which I covered last week. Sussex has an official motto that means ‘we will not be pushed around’.  Because of the southerly location of Sussex and having a long coastline, the weather in Sussex is some of the sunniest in Britain. If you’re looking for literary associations, many famous authors were born or lived in Sussex like H.G. Wells, Virginia Woolf and the Scotsman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sussex England Videos: Here is a 3-minute video featuring gorgeous drone footage of Sussex. I didn’t think I could love another drone video of Sussex more than the previous one, but here it is: This 4.5 minute video is beautiful and very artistic.

FunFacts about Sussex England: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Sussex, from the Old English Sūþsēaxe (South Saxons), is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. It is bounded to the west by Hampshire, north by Surrey, northeast by Kent, south by the English Channel, and divided for many purposes into the ceremonial counties of West Sussex and East Sussex. (Source)
  • Sussex has three main geographic regions, oriented approximately east to west. In the southwest is the coastal plain, the north has the rolling chalk hills of the South Downs, beyond which is the well-wooded Sussex Weald.
  • The population of East and West Sussex combined is approximately 1.6 million.
  • The name Sussex comes from the Kingdom of Sussex, which was founded, according to legend, by Ælle of Sussex in 477CE.
  • One of Sussex’s claims to fame is that it was home to some of Europe’s earliest hominids. Tools were found in a Boxgrove quarry that date back half-a-million years.
  • The flag of Sussex has six gold martlets, or heraldic swallows, on a blue background.
  • Rudyard Kipling has associations with Sussex, not least of which is the possible use of his poem, ‘Sussex’, in the county’s unofficial anthem Sussex by the Sea
  • Sussex Day, is celebrated on 16 June, the same day as the feast day of St Richard of Chichester, Sussex’s patron saint, whose shrine at Chichester Cathedral was an important place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.
  • Sussex’s motto, ‘We wunt be druv’, is a Sussex dialect expression meaning ‘we will not be pushed around’.
  • The round-headed rampion, also known as the ‘Pride of Sussex’, is Sussex’s county flower.
  • Lying as Sussex does along the southern coast of Britain, it is one of the sunniest places in England. The coastal breezes tend to push all the clouds away.
  • Sussex has many literary associations including Rudyard Kipling, Percy Bysshe Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf. Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) spent the last thirty years of his life in Crowborough.
  • One of Sussex’s notable tourist attractions is the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion.

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Bellflowers

Bellflowers

Known as campanula, bellflowers are a diverse plant that originated in the Mediterranean area. Being adaptable, this flower is also found high in the mountains where some varieties can tolerate frost. The flowers live up to the name and are shaped like an open bell, usually with five lobes on each blossom. The colors of bellflowers vary as well in a range of lavender to purple as well as white, blue and pink. Bellflowers also vary significantly in height. Some species are quite compact and serve well as border plants while others, that are generally woodland varieties, can grow over six feet tall. One variety of bellflowers, commonly known as rampion, among other names, was originally grown as a food source for its radish-like roots.

Bellflowers Videos: Here’s a short, 1-minute video on bellflowers. Here’s a lovely, 1.5-minute video about the bellflower, campanula catharina, as a border plant. This 2-minute video shows a variety of beautiful bellflowers as well as how to arrange them in unique ways indoors.  

FunFacts about Bellflowers: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Campanula is one of several genera in the family Campanulaceae with the common name bellflower. It takes both its common and its scientific name from its bell-shaped flowers—campanula is Latin for “little bell”. The genus includes over 500 species and several subspecies, distributed across the temperate and subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with the highest diversity in the Mediterranean region east to the Caucasus. The range also extends into mountains in tropical regions of Asia and Africa. (Source)
  • Bellflowers are highly diverse.
    • They can be annual, biennial and perennial plants.
    • They can also vary from dwarf arctic and alpine species under 5 cm high, to large temperate grassland and woodland species growing to 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) tall.
    • The color of bellflowers can vary from blue to purple and even white and pink.
  • Bellflowers usually have a 5-lobed corolla.
  • The larvae of several moth species enjoy dining on bellflowers. They include the common pugdot mothlime-speck pug and mouse moth.
  • Some bellflowers are known by other names, the ‘harebell’ in England, for instance, as well as the ‘bluebell’ in Scotland, though the latter is not a true bluebell.
  • One of the species of bellflowers, Campanula rapunculus, commonly known as rampion bellflower, rampion, or rover bellflower, was once grown for its spinach-like leaves and radish-like roots.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Kent England

Kent England

Because of its location in the southeast of England as well as its 21-mile proximity to France across the English Channel, the county of Kent has been threatened by invasion since Roman times. One result of this vulnerability is that Kent has 26 castles all built originally for defense. Kent is a land of great natural beauty with the rolling North Downs and the High Weald. The latter is an area characterized by a ‘mosaic of small farms and woodlands, historic parks, sunken lanes and ridge-top villages.’ The High Weald also contains ancient woodlands.

Kent England Videos: This 3.5-minute video takes a look at Dover and Dover Castle in Kent. Here’s a 5-minute video about the various castles of Kent.

FunFacts about Kent England: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone. (Source)
  • The famous Canterbury Cathedral is located in Kent and has been the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, since the Reformation.
  • France can be seen from Kent in fine weather from Folkestone and the White Cliffs of Dover
  • The county of Kent has 26 castles.
  • The two greatest natural beauties of Kent are the North Downs and The High Weald.
  • Kent is part of the London commuter belt and with such a close proximity to the continent enjoys a strong economy.
  • The name Kent is believed to be of British Celtic origin.
  • Kent has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era.
  • Kent is in one of the warmest parts of Britain and its highest recorded temperature was 101 degrees or 38 Celsius.
  • The population of Kent in 2014 was approximately 1.5 million people.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

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Foxglove

Foxglove

Though originally from Europe, Africa and Asia, foxglove is often found in seed mixes for wildflowers in the U.S. Foxglove is a gorgeous, stately plant that produces a spike in its second year with an abundance of curved, trumpet-like flowers. These spikes can grow quite tall and sometimes need to be staked. Foxglove is a familiar flower in English cottage gardens. It is known by the scientific name, ‘digitalis’, is a highly toxic plant and is used for making certain heart medications.

Foxglove Videos: Here’s a 3-minute video with basic info about foxglove. Here’s another 3-minute video with more info about foxglove.

FunFacts about Foxglove: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. This genus was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae, but recent phylogenetic research has placed it in the much enlarged family. This genus is native to western and southwestern Europe, western and central Asia and northwestern Africa. (Source)
  • The scientific name ‘digitalis’ means “finger-like” and refers to how easy it is to fit the flower over a human fingertip.
  • Foxglove flowers grow on tall, tubular spikes.
  • The flowers can be purple, pink, white, and yellow.
  • The best known foxglove is the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea.
  • The flowers can have all kinds of markings, including spots.
  • One particular moth, the foxglove pug, lays eggs so that its larvae can consume the flowers of the common foxglove for food.
  • Medications, quote: The term digitalis is also used for drug preparations that contain cardiac glycosides, particularly one called digoxin, extracted from various plants of this genus. (Source)
  • Soil preference and habitats for foxglove, quote: Digitalis species thrive in acidic soils, in partial sunlight to deep shade, in a range of habitats, including open woods, woodland clearings, moorland and heath margins, sea-cliffs, rocky mountain slopes and hedge banks. It is commonly found on sites where the ground has been disturbed, such as recently cleared woodland, or where the vegetation has been burnt. (Source)
  • All parts of the foxglove plant are toxic which has earned the plant the nicknames ‘dead man’s bells’ and ‘witch’s gloves’.

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September Winners: BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.) 

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September Winners: BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 25, 2019! On Thursday, September 26th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Thailand

Thailand

The Tai People moved from China into the region now known as Thailand around the 11th century. The country was known for a long time as Siam but became Thailand in 1932 after a ‘bloodless revolution’. The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand and tourists today can ride elephant-back into the countryside. From Chiang Mai in the north to Bangkok in the middle and Phuket Island in the south, Thailand is a country of tremendous natural beauty, over forty thousand Buddhist Temples, and warm, friendly people.

Thailand Videos: This is an excellent 5.5-minute overview video of Thailand. Here is a visually fun, 1-minute look at Thailand. This is a beautiful 6-minute video about Thailand.

FunFacts about Thailand: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world’s 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. (Source)
  • The capital of Thailand is Bangkok.
  • Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar.
  • Historically, the Tai Peoples migrated from China to the current region known as Thailand in the 11th century.
  • The use of the name ‘Siam’ dates from the 12th century.
  • Thailand was the only country in the region that was able to avoid direct Western rule.
  • From Siam to Thailand, quote: Following a bloodless revolution in 1932, Siam became a constitutional monarchy and changed its official name to “Thailand”. (Source)
  • Thailand is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and remains a major ally of the US.
  • Thailand has a high level of human development, is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia and is classified as a newly industrialized economy.
  • Thailand by square miles is slightly larger than Spain.
  • Geographically, Thailand has several regions: Southern Thailand consists of the narrow Kra Isthmus that widens into the Malay Peninsula while the north consists of the mountainous area of the Thai highlands, the northeast, Isan, which consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River and finally the center of the country comprised mostly of the flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand.
  • The Andaman Sea is an important part of Thailand primarily because it is a tourist magnet, despite the devastating tsunami of 2004.
  • Thailand’s climate is most affected by the monsoon seasons.
  • The elephant is Thailand’s national symbol.

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We have a winner! Congrats BN!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

September Winners: Linda K., Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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September Winners: Linda K., Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019! On Thursday, September 19th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

With over 300 Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai has a long spiritual tradition and culture. The city and province of Chiang Mai is located in Northern Thailand and is home to over a million people. The area is mountainous, but the climate is warm year-round. Elephants are an important aspect of Chiang Mai life and tours can be taken on elephant-back to trek through the nearby mountains.

Chiang Mai Thailand Videos: Here’s a 2-minute video on riding elephants in Chiang Mai. This is a fun 5-minute video of a tour of a local Chiang Mai neighborhood. This 4-minute video is an excellent overview of Chiang Mai.

FunFacts about Chiang Mai Thailand: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Chiang Mai, sometimes written as “Chiengmai” or “Chiangmai”, is the largest city in northern Thailand and the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok near the highest mountains in the country. Chiang Mai (meaning “New City” in Thai) was founded in 1296 as the new capital of Lan Na. The city’s strategic location on the Ping River (a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River) and its proximity to major trading routes contributed to its historic importance. (Source)
  • The metropolitan area of the city of Chiang Mai has a population of one million people.
  • King Mangrai founded Chiang Mai in 1296.
  • Chiang Mai has a tropical savanna climate. Located in the mountainous area of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has warm to hot weather year-round.
  • Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist temples.
  • The Thai festival of Loi Krathong sends thousands of flowers and candles on banana leaf boats into the waterways and a myriad of sky lanterns into the night. The festival may have originated from an ancient rural ritual of paying respect to water spirits.
  • Many tour companies offer organized treks among the local hills and forests on foot and on elephant-back.
  • Chiang Mai has a large and famous night bazaar for local food, arts and handicrafts.

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We have a winner! Congrats BN!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

September Winners: Linda K., Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.) 

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We have a winner! Congrats BN!

September Winners: Linda K., Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019! On Thursday, September 19th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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We have a winner! Congrats BN!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Chiang Mai Thailand. Have you ever visited this part of the world? What was the experience like? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

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Waterfalls

Waterfalls

I love waterfalls and this is my third blog featuring one of nature’s greatest beauties. Please note that the text is actually the same as the blog from December 27, 2017, but the photos are brand new! Enjoy!

From small to immense, waterfalls are one of nature’s wonders. I have to admit, I’ve never seen a large waterfall, only short ones as parts of rivers or streams. But the question that always comes to mind is this: Where does all this water come from, especially if the falls flow constantly? I try to mentally swim upstream, to see where the rain falls or the snow melts to continuously feed these rivers and their attendant waterfalls. I think I’ve lived in the desert too long. With so little rain, it’s hard to picture how any river keeps flowing and why waterfalls don’t dry up most of the time.

Here’s a twenty minute video featuring several famous waterfalls. You’ll see footage first of each waterfall, then the name of the waterfall will appear. This is a long video meant to inspire and relax. It features waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. The video features different perspectives of Yellowstone waterfalls, sometimes with music, and sometimes showcasing a rainbow. 

FunFacts about Waterfalls: (Source) (Source)

  • The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3200 feet.
  • Switzerland has 72 waterfalls in the valley of Lauterbrunnen.
  • Zimbabwe’s powerful Victoria Falls can be heard 40 miles away.
  • Niagara Falls, which forms a border between Canada and the USA, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.
  • Some waterfalls freeze.
  • Here is a quote that features some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world in case you want to add them to your bucket list: Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Sutherland Falls in New Zealand, Dettifoss Falls in Iceland, Gullfoss Falls in Iceland, Yosemite Falls in California, U.S., Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, Angel Falls in Venezuela, and Iguazu Falls in Brazil/Argentina. (Source)
  • There are different types of waterfalls and each has a name:
    • Ledge waterfall
    • Block or Sheet Waterfall
    • Classical Waterfall
    • Curtain Waterfall
    • Plunge Waterfall
    • Punchbowl Waterfall
    • Horsetail Waterfall
    • Slide Waterfall
    • Ribbon Waterfall
    • Chute Waterfall
    • Fan Waterfall
    • Cascade Waterfall
    • Tiered/Multi-step/Staircase Waterfall
    • Cataract Waterfall
    • Segmented Waterfall
    • Catadupa Waterfall
    • Frozen Waterfall
    • Moulin Waterfall
    • *** Note: This list of waterfalls comes from Wikipedia. The page offers specific descriptions. This page also lists a number of significant waterfalls as well as a beautiful gallery of photos. (Source)

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

First September Winner: Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.) 

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First September Winner: Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019! On Thursday, September 12th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Waterfalls. Which major waterfalls have you had the chance to visit? What was the experience like? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!

Pathways

Pathways

Just for fun, I wanted to do something a little different with this blog. I hope you find it entertaining, maybe even inspiring. 

When I found photos of different, beautiful and intriguing pathways, it lit my imagination with this thought: What journey are you on today?

Part of my current journey has been this blog and taking the time each week to explore different aspects of our planet, whether a country, or a cuisine, or an animal, or an element of the plant kingdom. I’ve found it fascinating and I know by many of your comments, you do as well.

When funds or time are limited, sharing our thoughts, watching selected videos and gazing at pictures can be a way of experiencing what we may never get to do. I have been particularly inspired by taking a look at the countries in each of the continents of our planet. I’ve long held a belief that (politics aside) most humans care tremendously about family and friends, that what we each strive for above everything else is to love, encourage and protect those in our care and in our communities. Seeing these elements reflected in any photo always warms my heart.

Another part of my current journey, as many of you know, is my garden. I started landscaping and planting in the spring of 2016, so this is my third year watching my design come to life.

Finally, a big part of my journey is figuring out the current publishing climate. While self-publishing began as an exciting and profitable venture, it has become intensely complicated and extremely competitive. So, I’ve had to educate myself about how to build pages on my website, format photos, run Rafflecopter contests, how to create a Facebook or Amazon ad and a whole host of tasks I never thought I would do. These challenges seem to change year to year so that the majority of my learning in the past few months has been about advertising. Not quite my cup of tea, but in today’s market, it’s the only way to remind my readers that I’m still writing and publishing.

So, how about you? What are you up to? Where has life taken you? What is your current path? I hope you’ll take the time to share.

Pathways ~ Videos: Just for fun and mildly related, this 4.41-minute video features the Top Ten Most Beautiful Hikes in the World.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

First September Winner: Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.) 

 

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My Latest Release ~ A Hunky Wolf and a Feisty Fae Find ‘Happily Ever After’ in SAPPHIRE FLAME, book #7 of the Flame Series…a total standalone story!

SAPPHIRE FLAME Buy Links! 

Amazon US // Amazon CA // Amazon UK// Amazon AUS // Barnes & Noble // Kobo // iBooks

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First September Winner: Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019! On Thursday, September 12th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

 * * * This Week’s Giveaway * * *

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Pathways. What path are you on? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!