Our summer in England

This year, Tony gave me a present on his birthday. I came home to find a card in the doorway (painted by Rose) with four cans of compressed gas. The rest of the gift was laid out on the living room floor: two inflatable bed rolls, two sleeping bags (the kind that zip together), a small gas cooker and a tent. He had a plan. The plan was for “a grand camping trip through England”.

I’m sure many people thought us foolish for spending our precious summer holiday on a camping trip to England. Actually, I know some of you did. You told me. Despite the inhibiting factors kindly pointed out to us (advanced pregnancy, unreliable weather, unreliable car, etc) we embarked on our big adventure. A last hurrah as a family of three.

High and low points:

Ferry trip from Dunquirk to Dover. White cliffs, as promised.

Staying with delightful Jim and Libby West, our new friends in Essex.

Seeing Jamie Oliver’s father Trevor at the Cricketer’s in Essex

A day in London

Singing “Portobello Road” on Portobello Road and “Feed the Birds” on the steps of St Paul’s

Spending the second night of our camping adventure in Gloucester hospital with severe vomiting

Free health care with my German health insurance. Love the European Union.

Being advised by the hospital doctor not to continue with the camping adventure

Deciding to salvage the holiday with last minute guesthouse accommodation

“Full English” breakfasts in guesthouses

The beautiful Cornish seaside

Driving onto the narrowest, steepest pedestrian street in Cornwall with swarms of tourists glaring

Finding that, despite all appearances to the contrary, it was possible to drive out the other side

Bath (so far my all time favourite city)

Cambridge (so far Tony’s all time favourite city)

A Jane Austen pilgrimage to Lyme Regis

Being in so much pre-labour pain that I couldn’t reach the Cobb to see Louisa Musgrove’s steps

Spending the warmest, driest day of our trip on the side of the road waiting for a tow-truck

Learning our car was not broken down

Driving safely home through five countries

Being home just in time to go into labour

Thanks must go to my darling husband. It was his idea, his generosity and his exertion which made such a holiday possible. Always my companion in adventures big and small.

xxx

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5 Responses to “Our summer in England”


  1. 1 margareteaudrey October 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    love it!!!
    especially rose in the middle of the two peopöe on the bench and spending your hottest day waiting for the truck 😀

  2. 2 Jill October 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Love your pics and tales….shared love affairs with Bath and Cambridge especially. (Did you have cheese and crackers, Pimms and strawberries for punting on the Cam?) Love your gentle touch with the camera. Thanks. Feels like a shared indulgence in all that’s soft, gentle and beautiful. Love, Jill

  3. 3 Margreet October 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Gorgeous photo’s. England is such a enchanting and gorgeous country!

  4. 4 Miriam October 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    What a wonderful journey and adventure you guys are having in Europe! My comfort is that heaven awaits and it will be more beautiful than anything we can ever experience or possibly imagine xo

  5. 5 Julia November 1, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Ahhh friend, you guys are awesome adventurers of the tip toppest kind 🙂 The pics are stunning (as usual). That photo of you and Rose on the path exploring the roadside is amazing! Best pregnancy shot of all time my beautiful friend, how do you do it?


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