I have to thank my daughter Young Rascal for writing blog posts these last weeks, I got a real kick out of them. Thanks very much as well to those of you who commented on her posts, she really understood the fun and community in blogging when we would return to our cottage at the end of the day and she was able to read comments on her posts.
We're preparing to leave for Canada tomorrow but I wanted to stop and think about the things that have really provided inspiration this holiday... after all inspiration is the best souvenir of any holiday.
Though British culture is a familiar one to us we still immersed ourself in a culture that is different enough to provide stimulation and constant interest, we have not had a dull moment even though we have been relaxed tourists!
The excitement began the moment we landed at the airport in Manchester. We were a bit groggy from the overnight flight but we had to instantly adapt to something new and different:
|The "Wrong" Side|
Steering wheel of our rental car... and then of course it's left lane.
MrBP has done all the driving thank goodness.
|The dog shower at the local pub.|
Wash your boots and dogs and then go on in.
|Villa of Clods?|
The container gardens spilling onto the streets as well as the love of dogs and walking all tie in to a reverence for the natural world which we have seen and felt on this holiday.
|This was a favourite picnic spot for us.|
A walk through an enchanting forest leads to a green field.
|The view from our bedroom window.|
Notice the magical light!
|MrBP unpacking one of his fabulous picnics.|
|Wordsworth's Study at Rydal Mount|
|A tiny wreath of lavender was hanging at the top of every window at Rydal Mount.|
|MrBP and a tree which seems to have a personality of its own.|
|Champagne with strawberries and creme fraiche. |
|A detail of the ceiling, the cathedral at Carlisle.|
|Very excited to be in a gorgeous Brora shop!|
|A Brora cashmere pom-pom!|
I hope you've all been well and having fun these last weeks,