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December blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on December 11, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (4)

It is December a joyous time for many, exciting time for the children, a sad time for some, a difficult time for too many. I wish I could fix the world to make it good for all. No matter what a persons beliefs are, at this time of year there are many family traditions that take place, besides the traditions from one country to another. This blog is going to cover a little of those.

Here is a little of what many Brits miss about not being home at Christmas time: In Australia and New Zeal...

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November blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on November 4, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This has been a strange autumn/fall here in Vermont. We did not get the colour on the trees as brilliant as usual. Across from our house many trees are still green, some just getting colour while others have completely dropped their leaves. Our colour time is usually end of September to about 12th October. We haven’t had a killing frost yet, I have known that to happen as early as 28th August, but definitely in September. Of course according to those that think they know better, there i...

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October blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on October 7, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By now we are supposed to be a full colour throughout Vermont, with the trees showing off all their glory, let me say it seems to be running late!

It has been a busy month for me, of course we are still dealing with Mike’s pre and post heart surgery problems, I’m sure he has had enough!

For me in addition to all those commitments I have been trying to get a new Facebook page up and running, along with changing my web page a bit, take a look, plus making ne...

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September blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on September 5, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

With this summer almost over, I think for many of us we probably feel it could have been better. What with up and down temperatures, plus violent storms in many places of the world, I’m sure for many 2017 will best be forgotten, and to hope for better 2018.

This month we have some lovely poems from Bev including pics from the UK. This past weekend was the annual St Giles Fair in Oxford, so I have included one of Anthony Morris’s photos for you to enjoy or reminisce. If you ...

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August blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on August 7, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (2)

I belong to a private Facebook page for expats, or Brits living in North America, who are close to, or over 60 years old. Most of us have been in the US many years. Most of us came to this side of the pond because of marriage or work. Many of us came at a very young age, leaving family and friends behind, plus everything that was familiar to us, whether it was food, customs or speech. Most of us thought ‘well they speak the same language we do, so it will be easy’. It didn’t...

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July Blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on July 9, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (2)

This month the blog is going to be a little different. I am sure if you are a regular reader you are familiar with the Banbury lady Beverley Coleman who is a very prolific poet. Bev and her family of about 6 or 7 took a trip in June to Canada. They flew from Heathrow Airport in London to Vancouver BC. Their itinerary was as follows Vancouver 2 nights, Vancouver Island 1 night, Whistler 2 nights, Kamloops 1 night, Banff 2 nights, Jasper 2 nights, Calgary 2 nights. All of this was their own ste...

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June Blog

Posted by dawngriffis on June 10, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (10)

It has been 5 months I believe since my last blog, I am very sorry it has taken me so long to write. The reason for it is Mike my husband of nearly 55 years has been seriously ill with heart problems. He suffered many complications before, and after the heart surgery, requiring all my time, and effort to help him through it. Our family and neighbours have come through in aces. It seemed that every time he needed to go to one hospital or another, whether planned or emergent a major storm hit. ...

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February Blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on February 17, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Blog reader,

After a multitude of attempts to post this months blog, I have to admit defeat. The script has not been a problem, but the pictures will not download, no matter what I have tried.

Finally admitting defeat is not easy for me, as I believe 'Perserverance brings results' but not this time. Therefore I have posted the blog on my two Facebook pages. First my personal one which is just Dawn Griffis, the second one is,  Living in ...

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January blog 2017

Posted by dawngriffis on January 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In an effort to put the Trump fiasco into the back of my thoughts, fears and dread; I have been working on something a little different for this blog.

We have our usual poems from our friend Beverley Coleman, plus one written by someone we think is sadly no longer with us, but submitted by Edd Frost another member of Banbury Friends Facebook page. Banbury Friends won’t be going on walks again until February, so...

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December blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on December 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

A Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year to you all; to those who celebrate differently, good wishes to you and yours.


We have snow, not a lot, but I expect it is just a taste of what is to come. Our freezer and larder is well stocked so thankfully we won’t have to go out when it is bad- one of the few benefits of aging.


I am giving mostly gift baskets this year, with mainly treats I have cooked including the things I know the...

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November 2016 blog

Posted by dawngriffis on November 13, 2016 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Words cannot express my feeling about the results from the 8th November election.  I think Bernie Sanders said it best when asked about the results he said, “I have no polite response at this time”! Because my feelings about it are probably best left unsaid, I will post a few America pics at the end of my favourite farm stand, taken at the end of the season. The rest will be poems by Beverley Coleman, and pictures of around Banburyshire from friends to go with either the poe...

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Posted by dawngriffis on October 12, 2016 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Click on the http link above to open calendar then see the October log below. Crossed fingers didn't work!

October 2016 Blog

Posted by dawngriffis on October 12, 2016 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Oops late with the blog, though these past few weeks I have been very busy. 15th September Levi Jace was born to Jess & Corey is our 2nd eldest grandson; he is a health bonnie boy. Madison our 2nd eldest great grand daughter had her 2nd birthday- she’s growing up so fast.


Where I have been very busy is trying to help the Horton General Hospital campaigners, they are working to save services, and stop the downgrading of their much needed hospital. My contribution...

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September blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on September 8, 2016 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Where to begin? August here in Vermont has been warm to hot and mostly humid, but that means no white stuff, that will come soon enough! Our 3 weeks of foliage or Leaf Peeping season will be here by the end of this month. Vermont roads will be gridlocked with tourists, I hope the color is to their liking, we may join them one of the mid week days, when it isn’t quite so congested.


Farm stands are full many veggies and offers of bulk purchases for canning, bottling or...

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August 2016 blog

Posted by dawngriffis on August 8, 2016 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is my 4th attempt to post the blog this month each one before was lost into Yah! Yah! land! Here is hoping this one works.

We have poems and pictures this month from our Banbury Friend Beverley Coleman; plus Banbury friend’s photos to go with them. In addition we have a poem from a good friend Jean Sponcel, who now lives in Arizona; this is to go with her pictures from Washington State.

The other thing I want to cover not so briefly is about the situation at the Horton ...

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July blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on July 11, 2016 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Summer is finally here, with all the usual activities on both sides of the pond. In Britain it is village and church fetes, usually to raise money for good causes. In the US it is charity runs, bike rides and fairs. The last fair in Vermont is usually the Tunbridge Worlds Fair in September.

On both sides of the pond the seasonal farmers markets abound; though in Britain the farmers markets can go all year, because of the more temperate weather. Our closest farmer’s market is in ...

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June blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on June 4, 2016 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Well I guess spring is drawing to a close, it was early on both sides of the pond this year, including going from very warm, to very cold. Growth in the gardens, fields and hedgerows, or in the US roadsides, came early. In Vermont we had full green on the trees at least 2 weeks earlier than usual, and for the most part hardly any snow all winter.


This month I have a selection of ten random pictures from across the US, covering New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Indiana,...

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May blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on May 7, 2016 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

It is not easy to decide what might interest all of you and to cover all that is happening in May in England. The new format seems to be very popular, especially Bev’s poems with photos.

In New England May is usually the ending of mud season, and the start of Farmer’s weekly markets plus all the Farm stands opening. Mud season ended early this year and spring flowers came out at least 3 weeks early, then we went into a cold snap so everything stalled again- but grass is gro...

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April Blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on April 12, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This strange winter we have all been experiencing on both sides of the pond has now continued into spring. Except for one thing in - those of us in New England have been having our fair share of April showers. It has been colder than usual, with an occasional day into the 60s. The brown grass from winter cold has started to green up in our garden. Snowdrops have finished blooming a month before they usually bloom. Daffs are poking through still very early, for us, but across the pond in Engl...

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March blog 2016

Posted by dawngriffis on March 5, 2016 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (2)

March blog 2016


I thought I would try and do something different this month with the blog; mostly because this time of the year, nothing much is happening in our house.

In US and England they are winding up for elections later. In the UK June 23rd is the EU in or out vote, and the US presidential election November 8th. I have my vote decided for the EU- out. After the primaries are over in the US, then we will see who we have to choose from. I hope it is Bernie Sande...

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