I’m jet-lagged and crazed and already back at work, but had a fabulous time and saw so many cool things (like castles!). My 12-day trip took me through the English countryside and the Irish Sea; through pubs, restaurants and open-air markets; through lakes and beaches and amazingly green hillsides. I met Lyndsey of Teadevotee in London, which was such fun — and she brought me a Jane Austen biography, the perfect accompaniment to my brief (but awesome!) visit to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. I raided that gift shop like it was my job.
I took as many photos as I’d expected — probably about 1,000 — and will begin slamming you with British-themed posts in the coming days. Lots of stories to share . . . and I can’t wait to share them.
I’ve missed you all! And I have been reading. I finished I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith — the perfect read for a woman traipsing the English countryside and staring at ruins while reading about ruins. I also devoured Margot Berwin’s Hothouse Flower on the plane ride home, which was an engrossing but weird sort of book. Totally unrealistic and bizarro, but also lots of fun. Reviews of those (and many more) to post.
What have I missed?! I was flipping out without Internet access. Flipping. Out. If anything, my trip abroad reaffirmed for me that I am completely addicted to my smartphone, laptop and ye ol’ blog, and I will never leave you again, my friends. Never.
Actually, I probably will. But I’ll make sure I have ready access to WiFi.
Turns out I’m not too good at the whole “unplugging” thing.
And just to whet your appetite, made by my dad . . .