I am so distracted by anticipation right now that I am having trouble functioning. My thoughts are racing in eight different directions at once and I’m beginning to get an idea of what it must be like to have A.D.D…. When you take a long trip there are a lot of things to plan ahead for if you are the one who normally takes responsibility for them. I was so distracted at work yesterday trying to make sure I had my responsibilities set-up for others that when I went to grab my yogurt for a snack I left it in the “sample closet”. Took a while to find it but I’m glad it won’t be sitting there for three weeks. So’s the rest of the office I’ll bet.
Let me introduce you to my traveling companions as I will probably be referring to them in this blog. I’ll start with Cindy since she initiated this journey. Cindy is a great friend that loves England and all things British, well almost all. I love her pluck and willingness to press on. I also love her encouraging ways, she always has just the right thing to say to lift me up. Next is Judy, she is Cindy’s mother. She is one woman I feel very privileged to know. She has such a loving heart and is gracious too. She has a way of looking at life that helps me to see how blessed I am. Plus she has wisdom steeped in her deep faith. Something fun I discovered with this mother/daughter duo on our last trip is that the two of them know no strangers. It’s true…everywhere we went they would start up conversations with random people and could tell you these people’s life story with only ten minutes of conversation. People respond to them really well. I enjoy watching these two in action. Now we come to Lauri, I haven’t gotten to know her really well but I have known her for a long time. She has a quick bright smile, is energetic and a seasoned traveler. I’m looking forward to getting to know her better.
We will be making a loop around southwest England beginning in London for 5 days. Next we’ll drive south to Brighton for 2 nights and to visit a friend of Cindy’s. We’ll head over to Salisbury for a night, then over to Bath for two nights. Next we have a condo for a week in Warwick where we will explore the Cotswolds, Stratford Upon Avon, Moreton in Marsh, and Stoke on Trent. Our last three nights will be in Oxford where we will be staying in the St. Hugh’s College dorms with breakfasts in the student hall.
My plan is to share photos and adventures along the way and as often as I can; I hope you’ll follow along and feel free to share it with others if you like. I’m hoping that as you follow you will send me quick notes as it is encouraging to know that someone is on the other end. Tell me what you think of the photos and ask questions too please.
Well my head is off in a different direction already but check back Monday for another pre-trip entry. Take care, Marshelle
I am excited for you, my memories of London are old, so to hear and see new images are exciting, I share in looking at the ordinary, and seeing the history behind, the people that you will meet, and that want to share their life in England, to share in their love of country.
I'm one of your biggest fans, your talent has always amazed me. Having studied painting most of my life, it is your color sense and composition skills that attract my attention to your work first. Then when I have studied the images I start to find stories in them that make me want to know more about the person or place you have been seeing. I'm looking forward to seeing what you find interesting in England, as you have the capacity to see the beauty in eveything, and more than the beauty, you seem to see the essence and soul of life itself.
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