In 1994 I was invited to spend about two months in England with my friend Lily, her daughter Beverley and Mother "Nan". The purpose of the trip was for me to interview and research the possibility of taking a nursing course in England, living with Lily for two years while I did so. I love England and my 20 something mind had visions of marrying some dashing young English doctor with a wonderful accent! LOL Well, not really... but one could always dream. I'm much more happy with my good ol' American boy because he is the one God always planned for me! :o)
The nursing course looked really great and would be training the old fashioned way with all hands on. The only problem was that they had a weight limit and I would be required to lose 100#! (That was before I was big as I am now.) Obviously that didn't happen, so I didn't go. I have often wondered what path my life would have taken if I had gone. In early 1998 after breaking off two difficult relationships, I had a talk with God and had started saving money to hopefully go to Capernwray Hall in Lancashire England for Bible school. That didn't work out because I fell head over heels in love with tall, dark and handsome! :o) But my cousin's future bride ended up going there and loved it.
So, I guess living in England was just not in the plan God had for me. Still, the time I spent there was incredible. Most of it was day to day living with a few tourist adventures scattered through out. I have been really blessed that when I have been in England and in Germany, I have been with natives. It is the best way to experience a foreign country.
E is for England...
These are sheep on the wayside, heading north in England as well. At the beginning of my trip we went for one week to Scotland... my birthday gift and I will certainly do Scotland for my S post.
This is Dr. Dave with Lily and his Akita Toby, whom Lily often dog sat. Dr. Dave facilitated our research into the nursing program and was really nice.
These are the trees along the road turnoff to Lily's house. Trees have long been one of my favorite photographic subjects, right up there with flowers.
These pretty trees are diseased and remind me of ones at Kalaloch in Olympic National Park in Washington. We frequently went on walks and I enjoyed the woods.
While I was there, ordinary and everyday things were quite interesting, like grocery shopping. I got a kick out of the little uniform and hat worn by this woman working at ASDA.
This was a "car boot sale" that she took me too, knowing that Mom and Jack love garage saleing! I bought an antique silver salt spoon here and some abalone shell earrings.
Speaking of every day things... the signs always made me laugh. We do not speak the same language. Naked Lights?
Sometimes they were the same words but different phrasing. How about some "way out" and groovy toilets? Apparently, "exit" is an American term.
And I was really uncertain as to the safety of "Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate"! lol
This is inside of the York Minster Cathedral. York was one of my favorite places to visit, even though there is a lot of tourist stuff there. It is a fascinating city with a rich history.
Here is the outside of York Minster with many Gothic details. It was like walking into my art history book!
This is the same wall of the Cathedral from the inside. The Rose Window at the top is a famous piece of glass work.
Many things I saw through a car window as I was the passenger! :o) The landscapes were so beautiful and I loved how the trees rounded over the road. In some places they almost scraped the roof of the car. Scattered about were thatched roof cottages. I believe this was in Dorset, but might have been Somerset.
Around each corner there were vignettes of an older life. This one I am working on to make a card.
This was my favorite window inside... Ruth and Boaz. My Mom is named after Ruth.
Does anyone know what type of trees these are? They are so tall and beautiful. To see the scale, do you notice Lily and Bev standing at the base? (UPDATE: Katri, who I have no contact information for, to thank, wrote that this is a Cedar and that if it is dark green could be a Cedar of Lebanon and if light green, a Himalyan Cedar. Thanks for letting me know!)