Arm Chair Travel -A-Z Blog Challenge


Welcome! Today begins an A-Z Blog Challenge, which I  look forward to participating in each day. I will be using Pinterest board tittles and subjects to inspire these posts;  gardening and related topics, leading the way.  Please check in with me and feel free to comment.

Arm Chair Travel

I have known people who travel as if they only wish to add one more notch to their belt while missing what is in front of their eyes. Once, traveling on a tour bus in Kent headed for Sissinghurst Castle. I noticed a man was reading a travel book about India, his next destination. He never looked up at the passing glorious English countryside. As for me, I have never forgotten those fields of yellow rape seed and the English ‘Cow Parsley,’ growing wild along the hedgerows.

Each day, on this same bus, our English guide took time to talk on a variety of topics from the road systems to the history of pubs. I took notes in a “blank book” already filled with journal entries from several previous trips to England. When I started to write my novel, Greening of a Heart, I placed that green covered journal on my desk, occasionally turning to it for details that made their way into the book.

Reading allows us to Arm Chair Travel. If you read Greening of a Heart, an ebook that Book Baby published for me in August 2012, you will find yourself in the village of Burford in the Cotswolds. I recommend this quintessential English village and the interesting characters you will find waiting there. Look up from what you are doing and travel with me through this blog challenge.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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3 Responses to Arm Chair Travel -A-Z Blog Challenge

  1. lynn w. proctor says:

    i love your comment about the reading and missing the scenery—popping by from the challenge 🙂

  2. Hi just stopping by your right around my number and I’m hitting the 10 below my name. I’m 794. I truly enjoyed your piece and can just picture that fellow missing the whole tour. What’s the point if you’re going to read about the next tour and not see what’s right in front of you? People are so interesting to watch.

  3. I meant you are right around my number. Sorry for the mistakes.

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