Tuesday, 21 July 2009

WHAT.... AWAY AGAIN!!



I know to some it might seem excessive but I'm away again tomorrow, when I only got back from my last trip on the 1st of the month.
And what's more when I return from Devon next week I'm around for a week and then I'm going to London for three nights.The first one staying with my eldest son, which just makes me feel warm inside at the thought, and the other two with my beloved American friend Eve in a hotel on the Cromwell Rd in Kensington.
After that I've been invited to go for a midweek trip with my sister to her log cabin in Anglesea(Wales) in late August. Which will the first time I've visited with her there, and apparently includes a spa day..... oh yes!
Which takes me nicely to a weekend in Berlin with my gorgeous niece and then sending her home, I go catch a train up to almost the Baltic sea to meet Angela and stay with her in Usedom till the end of the week.

This year has been a difficult one to be at home. And one that I promised my son I'd stay here for. My home is lovely, but it is lonely. Although my youngest son is still at home he's never here. And as you know I no longer have many friends in this town. So life is very much about being okay alone. Which for a great deal of the time I am. But I'm not going to throw up the opportunity to go visiting.

I would rather spend my money on petrol or plane tickets than most things!
To know that tomorrow I can be sitting in J&D's home on the edge of Dartmoor, with a view to go on a serious walk with D on Thursday, when J is at work is just so wonderful. I aim to go paddling if not swimming in the Devon sea at some point, it will be bloody cold as all British sea is, but it's the summer and rain is warming on the water and I'm tough!!

Just to be able to talk and talk and be accepted for me without criticism, which is what I get from my intolerant teenage son is so beguiling. And even though I have that from emails there is something different about real conversation. To be able to use all the nuances of words and gestures.

There is nothing better than good food,chilled wine, good conversation and love.

So please forgive me if I don't email you till next week. You will be in my thoughts, but for a few days I'll be talking out loud instead of on a computer.

16 comments:

Gin said...

Have a marvelous time my friend. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back! Until then...

miss*R said...

you must come here oneday.. we could go walking and then I could take you to the beach.. our water isn't cold.. well only on a real cold winters day.. you would love our beaches!!!

have a fun time away.. lucky girl

(and how did I miss the australian girls in your previous post.. I read the damn thing twice.. my head is not together lately I tell you xoxo)

Paula said...

Mandy, you go girl and have a brilliant time. Hugs and love

lakeviewer said...

Enjoy the sights and the company. Travel expands our vistas in many ways.

Mel said...

Medicine for the soul, dearheart--medicine for the soul.

Been there, done that with the teen in my house (once upon a time). DARN good medicine for the soul.

Safe journey!! (you lucky spoilt thing, you)

Merry ME said...

Vaya con Dios. Have fun. Take lots of pictures!

Linda - Gold Coast said...

What fun you are going to have. Safe travels Mandy and looking forward to hearing all about it. Take care. Linda xoxo

karen said...

In my world, it is totally natural to be on the move the whole time! Hope you have a fantastic trip, and look forward to hearing about it all, evenutally! x

Ronjazz said...

Enjoy yourself, young lady. So much opportunity gets missed in our lives these days. I admire you for being one who chases it!

Angela said...

And not long till I pick you up! Bring your swimsuit! The BaLTIC Sea will be pleasant. Right now it has 20°. And we can take a bicycle trip to Poland, only about 10 km away! And drive to the old Water Castle and have a piece of wonderful cake on the castle terrace. Or visit that upside-down-house where the sinks and beds are fastened to the ceiling...oh yes, travelling is so educating! And you can talk with me day and night, in person. It`ll be lovely.

speck of dust said...

Thank you so much for coming and leaving a comment especially when you are so busy. Weird that a similar thing happened to you. Maybe it happens often on blogger. Oh well, it's a compliment to you too. I really like your honesty in your blog. You're very brave. I hope you have a great time away and I look forward to seeing more lovely photos.

e said...

Hi Byrd,

Sorry I've not been around much recently and I do hope you enjoy all of the holidays you're having and people you see. It all sounds a fabulous antidote to stress, anxiety and the loneliness you've discussed in being where you live.

I read about your experience at the clothing swap and thought about the number of times I've been to a party and felt utterly alone when I can go elsewhere and have no problem interacting well with strangers...Very interesting with whom we feel comfortable...In my case, I am very good at drawing others out, but sometimes reveal little about myself, depending upon the situation.

Have loads of fun and fill us all in when you return. You are indeed lucky. Travel safely.

nitebyrd said...

Enjoy yourself! Have a fab time.

Lori ann said...

enjoy every moment dear byrd! i think it all sounds wonderful. can't wait to hear all about it! take lots of pics ☺
xoxo

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I hope you have a wonderful time - on all your trips - maybe you should start planning a visit to Cape Town too... :-) xx

Merkin said...

You are starting to get the hang of that new cammmmmra!

Excellento.

Wonderful photos.