Hmmmm….I may not be in England in April but I will be in England in May! Yep, I’m off to merry olde England in early May with my dear friend, MJ. We’re going to fly to Heathrow, rent a car & drive on the other side of the road. What an adventure that will be for 2 ladies in their 60s. WOW!!!!
First stop….. The world of Beatrix Potter!
Walking the paths one of my favorite women walked, seeing her home, & enjoying a picnic with author & watercolorist, Susan Branch, will be a dream come true! Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top, is in the Lake District in the northern part of England. From there we’ll work our way south.
A long time ago I visited Greenfield Village outside of Detroit. There was the most charming cottage & rustic fence enclosing sheep & lambs. I fell in love with the little stone house with the sign that said, Cotswold Cottage. I often wondered what the Cotswolds in England were like….well soon I’ll know. The land of quaint villages, sheep, and walking paths;
Next, we’re off to Bath & all the sites that surround it like Glastonbury, Salisbury Cathedral, & Stonehenge. There’s just so much to see & so little time.
OH NO! We’ll be in London on the day that Prince Harry & Meghan Markle wed. The most important destination for the day is the Tower of London. Why? Because that very day is the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution. It’s a somewhat important day to me. I’ve been reading, studying, & researching the life & times of Anne Boleyn since I was 12 years old. She has remained one of my heroines my entire life. I would love to leave a tiny remembrance, a note with a falcon on it tied to a rose. My eyes well up with tears just thinking about it.
Our last few days will be spent in the countryside of Kent, south of London. It’s going to be a gentle whirlwind of activity because I dislike vacations where I have to go, go, go…I want quiet, down time for sipping tea & nibbling on a scone or crumpet. Time to just sit & soak in the history of a place. Time to let the senses take over & enjoy the tastes, sounds, smells, sights & how it all feels. A lifetime wouldn’t be enough time to see every castle, every garden, every museum, path, or touristy attraction that a place has to offer, so I am very content to accept this & take my time on the things that I can do & love.
From Julia Cameron’s books I gleaned the idea of refilling the inner well. Sadly, in the last few years I’ve not been refilling the well with any consistency. This trip is not just a dipper full of inspiration, it’s an ocean of inspiration, wide & deep, vast. It’s exciting, scary (I am a white-knuckled flyer, not terribly happy to be above the earth & let’s face it; driving on the opposite the road & beginning in a place like Heathrow is more than a bit disconcerting), adventurous, & amazing. As a creative, taking this trip is something much needed for so many reasons, but I hope to come home renewed, refreshed, inspired & ready to tell the world through my work & creations just how wonderful I found England.
I keep wondering if I could possibly do a blog post from England….not sure. I guess if you’re curious, you’ll just have to stop by & see.
PS I’m working on a bevy of tutorials or what I like to call them, Step by Steps. I’m hoping these tutorials will be helpful to you.