Phew! Made it…. We’re on holiday at last. It has been a long two years since we were able to come away in our caravan, and I’ve been looking forward to today with a mixture of excitement and dread. Excitement because I am in my favourite place, Northumberland, but a bit of dread because a lot has changed since we were last away, and I am leaving behind not one but both children this time round. And when I say “children”, don’t go reporting me to Social Services…. they are 28 and 22 respectively! Nevertheless it is a bit strange with neither of them here for the first time ever.
Today then has mostly been about travelling. Mostly on major roads like the M62 and M1, but also on the quieter A1 and the very quiet back roads on between the main road and the campsite. The further we travelled from home, the calmer I felt, and the bigger the skies got, the better I began to feel.
It was a joy to see sheep in the fields, and bales of hay that the farmers had baled and left for collection, and to see the various rivers and streams disappear under us when the road took us over them. We saw the Angel of the North from the main road, which always brings me a pang of happiness, and when we turned off the A1 to go towards our little campsite, I really got a pang of excitement and deep joy.
One of my favourite things about travelling in the British countryside is watching how the fields change colour depending on what the farmer is using them for. I love the way the different shades of yellow of the hay bales show up against the green trees that line the fields, and the way that both the yellows and the greens contrast with the different layers of blue and white skies. It’s always one of my summer aims to take the ultimate photograph that shows these colours off properly, which as ever, I usually fall short of capturing.
Tomorrow’s plan is to…. erm…. let the day unfold? We haven’t got any plans at all for these 10 days, and we are just going to see what happens when we get up in the morning. I have a couple of ideas of things I’d like to do, such as walk part of the Pilgrim’s Way onto the island of Lindisfarne and to visit Melrose Abbey if we can, but nothing is definite and we’re just going to take things as they come.
For now though, it is a clear sky and the air is quite chilly so it’s time to snuggle down in my sleeping bag and to wish you all a goodnight.
Grace and peace,