I was going to catch up on writing Yorkshire while I was in the Highlands. Then I was going to catch up on writing Yorkshire and the Highlands while in New Hampshire. Then I figured, "Hell, might as well wait until I get home. Then I'll have time and a comfy spot from which to … Continue reading Best Laid Plans
So what about this place I was housesitting? What was it like? What did I see? Did I meet any residents? Was it dramatic? Boring? Romantic? Unremarkable? Let me tell you about Myton-on-Swale. First, you get to Myton-on-Swale by leaving the highway and turning onto ever smaller roads until finally you’re on a single track … Continue reading Lovely Myton-on-Swale
Each morning I woke in Myton-on-Swale, the sky was already light. But clouds covered everything. I would think “Oh, it’s going to rain” and turnover to go back to sleep. But by 8:30 or 9 am, the grey had burned off. Sunny day followed sunny day. I did indeed do nothing the first full day … Continue reading First, and most importantly, Durham Cathedral.
Goodbye, group! Hello, adventure. A wonderful element of traveling with a group is the security felt therein. You know you have folks with whom you can chat, commiserate, and share the moments as they occur. You also know that if anything happens, there are others there to help. Just reach out your hand. Or shout … Continue reading South to the Vale of York
So let me pause for a moment, before I go on with this trip and let you know a little bit about what’s been going on in my head while traveling. I did a six week sojourn once before, in 2016. But the circumstances and motivation for travel were entirely different. At that time, I … Continue reading Intermission
Our last morning on the islands. For most, the end of their adventure – though not for me. So I had mixed feelings. We gathered up our things after a leisurely breakfast. Our minibus picked us up. Our drive this morning took us to the airport, stopping along the way at a bakery he knew. … Continue reading From Island to Island, Part 9 (et finis)
Saturday morning arrived gray and drizzly. It was one of those you'll-have-your-rain-jacket-on-more-than-off kinda days. We had a leisurely breakfast of fruit and yogurt and danish and eggs (thoughtfully procured by me, thank you very much!) and coffee just as strong as we liked. With double cream. Then, we loaded up and ventured out into the … Continue reading Island to Island, Part 8