Chapter 2: The Book I’m Writing

Well, I realized it’s been quite some time since I posted Chapter 1, so here’s Chapter 2. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to critique! END of CHAPTER 1:  So at the end of the week I packed a few bags, my fishing pole, a selection of books. I locked the front door of the…

Chapter 1: The Book I’m Writing

So I have a million reasons (excuses, really) for not having written in the blog for a long while. The kids were home for the summer, and between roughly 8 am and 9 pm I was with them. After they’d go to bed, I’d be knackered and have no energy left to write. Susan’s surgery…

Birding Spain’s Ebro Delta

You don’t go to the Ebro Delta for the beaches, although miles of sandy spits stretch out from the mouth of this massive river. You don’t go there for the historic towns and quaint villages, because there are none. Frankly, the towns of the delta, with their concrete cubes and modern holiday developments, seem rather…

Our Personal Experience With “Reality TV”

The following is an explicit exposé of the dark, duplicitous underworld of reality television, a tell-all tale of the manipulation of facts, timelines, motivations. It’s pretty stygian stuff, so hold on to your seat. In case you didn’t know, we were on the popular HGTV program “House Hunters International.” Also in case you didn’t know, the…

The Treadwell Family Makes its Television Debut

That’s right, our new program is going to be airing Thursday, February 12, and you’re all invited to see us in action. In the series, I play a hard-hitting yet soft-spoken former alpaca breeder-turned-private detective, who goes deep undercover to foil a ring of villainous optometrists bent on world domination. Their dastardly plan is to give people…

Spain’s Valle de Benasque: A Pyrenean Paradise

The Benasque Valley, in the Spanish Pyrenees is, in a word, charming. It’s also picturesque. And gorgeous. Oh, and it has soaring peaks and waterfalls, tiny stone hamlets, abundant wildlife, dozens of alpine lakes, a smallish but excellent ski area, outstanding restaurants, stunning hiking trails, and good infrastructure. In a word, charming. The Esera River sluices through the…