Last April I posted a blog titled, Oh to be in England now that April’s there… (The opening line of the Robert Browning poem). In the post, I lamented how I longed to return to England. Now, a year later, I am excited to say I am counting the days until I take that trip, to research future books and enjoy the English countryside I’ve come to love. (Below is a photo of English bluebells author Penny Culliford recently posted on my Facebook wall. As if I wasn’t looking forward to the trip enough!) I’ve only physically been to England twice, but in my mind—and in my writing—I visit almost daily.
For the first two trips, my husband traveled with me. This time he is going to stay home and hold down the fort—and our two teenagers. In his place, I’ve asked an old friend to accompany me. Sara has gone skydiving and has backpacked around Europe alone, so I think she’s brave enough to drive on the wrong side of the road. She’s game to try anyway. (Reminds me, we’d love your prayers for safe travels come May 1st!)
We’re going the first week of May, Lord willing, for ten days. The “dream” itinerary I listed a year ago has changed a bit. Here is a sampling of our current one:
London: British Museum, National Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum
See a Tardis (You’d have to be a Dr. Who fan to understand that one.)
Stop by 221b Baker Street and Speedy’s Sandwich shop (BBC Sherlock fans will know why.)
(We may even have a chance to try English riding with a reader who lives nearby and has offered to take us.)
Visit Exmoor National Park and the twin towns of Lynton & Lymouth.
As usual, I have probably tried to cram too many things into too few days and we won’t get to see everything we’d like to, but that’s ok. Just means I’ll have to go again…
I’ll post photos when I return. In the meantime: What are you looking forward to this spring or summer? Anything have you “counting the days”?