Today’s Featured Comment
We lived overseas in England twice…getting used to foreign ways like driving, cooking, even using the dang 2 tap water system to wash hands and brush teeth (freezing cold water on my sensitive teeth, or scalding hot, GGGGRrrrrrr) caused many a meltdown in the early days. I wouldn’t even drive for at least 6 weeks because of fear, then I ventured timidly out repeating over and over, “Stay on the left, stay on the left…”
The weather. It is a main topic in every British conversation because it is so changable, but what I didn’t realize, and what most people don’t, is that it DOESN’T rain all the time in the British Isles. And when it is not raining, it is often the most beautiful blue skies, fluffy white clouds sailing across the sky. The sun does shine, and when it does, there is no place prettier!
We accepted rain as a part of our British adventure, and took really warm waterproof winter coats & wellies (boots) on all vacations. Even Scotland in the summer! No matter what the weather, we tramped out. I’ll never forget seeing Tintagel in Cornwall, King Arthur’s dwelling ground and Merlin’s cave, with my young children in their bright wellies and coats. Walking down a country lane to get to the water’s edge, the wind whipping, probably drizzle, our hoods tied around our faces, seeing the large rocks and the waves dashing against them, seeing the cave, imagining the tales of King Arthur…It was quite magical. It was also cold, and rainy, Thanksgiving break, but we never used the weather as an excuse.
Consequently, we saw a LOT more of England, Wales and Scotland than did most Americans there. Even my British friends told me we saw more in 3 years than they had their whole life. We just made getting out and sightseeing a high priority.
Now I want to see Orkney!!! We did get to Land’s End (the farthest S. W. tip of England) & John O’ Groats (the most N. E. point). Driving to John O’ Groats was so memorable: few people, the land, the sea…Totally worth it. Plus we saw a great castle on the way back south, along the coastal road.
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]