Sometimes we are able to travel and see more of the world. Other times it’s armchair traveling through books and websites. When we were able to visit England many years ago I did not seek out the typical touristy souvenirs.
I like to get something unconventional or useful, that way I think back on the trip when it’s put to use. Charity or thrift shops are great places for me to go. There was a shop in Cheddar Gorge (maybe it was a Sue Ryder shop), I picked up this old and well used leather bookmark. It’s my favorite and I use it constantly. It brings to mind that shop, the day spent there and the wonderfully chatty lady who ran the shop.
She was telling us how she didn’t like how the “National Trust took our gorge” and complained about Tony Blair. “Oh course, you have that Clinton fellow” and she also wondered why politicians were always smiling, she asked in a mistrustful way. But what a delight she was to talk to and she gave us her opinion on so much. See, I still remember her well.
Perusing another shop I found this old thermometer. We still use it. I wonder who owned it before.
Other travels I have enjoyed, vicariously of course, have been through the excellent site A Bit of Britain. As I read about places I want to visit I add them to my ever growing list.
- For a rich historical narrative and stunning photos of Glenfinnan you may enjoy this post: Glenfinnan, for Jacobites and PotterFans
- One of my very favorite posts has a good accounting of Swinside Stone Circle complete with photos. The scenery is breathtaking and of a great interest to me. My great great grandparents were married and raised a family in Cumbria, formerly Cumberland county. I hope one day to roam around Cumbria and see firsthand all the images I have been enjoying through the Internet.
Photo credit: This is from A Bit of Britain, post on Swinside
Another excellent site is My Yorkshire Dales. Treat yourself to armchair traveling through either of these sites mentioned and you will be trying to figure out how to move there. The winters would be tough…..I may have been in Florida too long for that!
That’s enough wool gathering today.
Linking up with Joy’s British Isles Friday