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TJP … what’s it all about Alfie?

1smI saw this walking in the woods today. It stopped me in my tracks. A hunk of tree that’s clearly been lying around for awhile. I was struck by both its simplicity and its complexity. While on that walk, I thought back to The July Project and how it was both simple and complex. A straight line of chronological events, yet each one layered–like feathers on a bird.

I learned all kinds of things I didn’t know about people and places in my back yard. But I also learned things about myself. So I’ve started to  make notes about “lessons learned.” Reflection is always a good thing and something I should do more often. Will spend the next couple of weeks giving this some thought, and will share before the snow flies.

Meanwhile, would dearly love to hear about what YOU learned as you ploughed through these ramblings. Also would love to hear what your favourite post was … and why. You can comment  here or send me an email at sandracphinney.com

Finally, is there anything you would like to have seen more of? Less of? Instead of? Suggestions for future blogs?

Again, mille mercis for tagging along.






  1. Joyce Glasner Joyce Glasner
    October 9, 2015    

    I learned a ton from your TJP ramblings Sandra! For example, the fact that you should never clean the lichens off a gravestone… who knew?! It was all interesting and wonderful, like being on a virtual tour of some exotic foreign country with a charming and knowledgeable tour guide to provide you with the inside scoop on things. Faves? The one about the man with all the vintage trucks; the one about the historic houses; and the cemetery tour all stand out in my memory, although I know there were others I liked just as much. In the words of Anthony Bourdaine, I’m hungry for more! 🙂

    • October 15, 2015    

      Thanks so much for your kind comments Joyce. I’m still digesting the experience and making notes about “lessons learned.” Hope to share those soon! Appreciate you tagging along in the journey.

  2. Jennie Morrow Jennie Morrow
    October 10, 2015    

    Your July Project makes me think, “aren’t people great”! It tickles me that human beings go off in so many directions, finding ways to be different, finding things to be passionate about. It also makes me very thankful that we live in a country where we are free to exercise the freedom to express and celebrate differences without setting off alarm bells and causing our names to be added to lists of suspicious characters.I smile when I drive down the road and see so much variety in the kinds of houses here. It’s charming in Germany to see the tile roofs and the nearly uniform colours of buildings but I know that I am home when I see all the higgildy piggildy designs and the crazy colours. I laugh to myself when, here on the French shore, I see signs in people’s windows that say, “Walk ins welcome” when there is no other indication anywhere that there is a business there let alone what kind of business it is. I am tempted to ‘walk in’ someday just to find out. You kind of did that with your July Project. You did the things that the rest of us just think about, (and you did some things that we don’t.) You packed one heck of a lot into a small amount of time!

    • October 15, 2015    

      Yeah … the “walk ins welcome” sign says a lot about people for sure. And yes, we should take people up on this more often! I’ll be looking for those signs myself now. Thanks again for being part of this Jennie … loved meeting Helen (what a story!) and hope we get to paddle with her when she sets sail next year. Although I didn’t write about our visit to the former bank in Weymouth and what your friends are doing there, that will morph into something “down the road” I’m sure.

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