England: A Personal History & Travelogue (Part II)

There are many ways to document and remember a trip:  photographs, postcards, emails, matchbooks, journals, and lists of all kinds.  Instead of a traditional travelogue, I thought I'd share a sensory list I wrote during our trip to transport you to England.  And a few photos for visuals at the end... 

Colors of England
Suffolk’s pink cottages with thatched roofs
Bright yellow fields of rape seed
Honey-colored stone houses in the Cotswolds
Lavender and dark purple lilacs
Purple wisteria
White horse in a green, green field
Red-brown pointer dogs and spaniels
Ivory-colored sheep and the occasional black lamb
Painted pub signs
Green room in Chatsworth House with the hand-painted Chinese wall-paper of birds and vines
Plentiful and vibrantly-colored pheasants in the fields
Warm glow of lights from Dunsley Hall as we walked back in the dusk from Sandsend Beach
Red sky and full moon rising walking back to Easterside Farm from the Hawnby Inn Pub

Sounds of England
Tolling church bells
Boys choir at Evensong at King’s College in Cambridge
Lambs bleating in the pastures
Streams rushing through the countryside
Birdsong – so much more than at home
Horses neighing
The absence of traffic noise
Steam train whistle and train wheels on the track
Seagulls in Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast

Smells of England
Wet lamb
Dung in the pastures
Sea air on the coast
Fish and Chips in Whitby
Bacon and eggs and full English Breakfast
Earl Grey or Yorkshire Tea steeping

Textures of England
Wind the Willows
Xavier blowing dandelions and tickling his face
Laying in the grass in the meadow by the River Cam after a Sunday lunch at the pub
Walking through the steam from the engine on the train station platform
Sunlight through the ruins of Rieveleaux Abbey
Fine misty rain interspersed with slants of late afternoon sunlight, mud, dripping grand old trees,
Lambs among the sculptures at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Running through a hedge maze at Chatsworth House
Dogs lying at their masters’ feet next to the fire in the pubs
Tweed-clad men of all ages walking with walking sticks and hunting dogs

Flavors of England
Cucumber Sandwiches
Welsh Rarebit (glorified cheese on toast)
Scottish Smoked Salmon with scrambled eggs
Chelsea Buns
Wensleydale Cheese
Oatcakes and shortbread cookies
Stinking Bishop cheese
Scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam
Local crisp asparagus
Aspel Cider
Hooky Ale (A “real” ale)
Black Pudding
Wild garlic soup and Lamb shops at the Hawnby Inn
Kippers for breakfast
Toast soldiers with Dippy eggs
Black Sheep Yorkshire Cask Ale
Sautéed samphire (known in America as sea beans)
Brown crab salad and England’s “best fish and chips” at the Magpie in Whitby
Steak and Ale Pie
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Steak and Yorkshire Pudding


Visiting our friend Mac in Maldon

Rapeseed Fields (from which we get Canola Oil)

Xavier on an antique rocking horse in the nursery of Audley End

Punting on the River Cam

Lounging in the meadow on the way from Sunday Lunch in Grantchester

Lots of time to frolic in the grass

Cotswold sheep known as the "Cotswold Lion"

New friends in the pastures

Stopping to let Xavier stretch his legs during a hike to Winchecombe to catch the steam train

Every trip we take I find a house I want - this one looks just right.

Riding the rails

Not sure who was more excited, Xavier or Christian.

Posing like garden statuary

Feeding "our" lambs at Easterside Farm in Hawnby

And snuggling our kittens

Hiking to the ruins of Riveleaux Abbey

We had tea while it rained and then the sun came out.

Walkers have the "Right to Roam" throughout the entire country.

More steam trains on the North Yorkshire Rail - we are feeding Xavier's obsession.

Ruins of Whitby Abbey on the North Yorkshire coast.

Robin Hood's Bay

Beach time - and then we went to get pints of ale and ice cream.

Yorkshire Sculpture Garden

...where sheep and art coexist in harmony in the loveliest pastoral setting.

We had the medieval Hadden House all to ourselves.

The Broadway Folly, which William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones used as a studio retreat.

Hooky Ale at the pub in Chipping Campden

Helmsley Castle

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