As a young teenager I had a notebook in which I recorded all the places I wanted to visit, all the foods I wanted to eat, all the events I wanted to go to when I made my longed for journey to the Untied Kingdom. For many years I noted down things like, kippers for breakfast, Baker Street, Charing Cross Road, pork pies, Whitby Jet, Wensleydale cheese, pub lunch, Winchester Cathedral, Oxford (the Morse Tour was underlined), a Rebus tour, Kilburn and the mouse man, Ruskin lace in the Lakes District, Waterford crystal, Lewis, Harris, Iona, an eisteddfod, the Edinburgh Tattoo etc etc . You get the idea? Each book I read seemed to add to the list. One of my uncles married a 'British rose' from Devon and I recall that event resulting in the addition of several items to the notebook. Why, to tick everything off my list I would need to spend a year away!
But alas in the packing and unpacking of many shifts over subsequent years I lost the precious notebook. I did not however lose the desire for an extended visit to the UK. Dreams may be free but my hoped for trip was going to cost and I intended to plan properly. The savings account is getting fatter, retirement age and its associated freedom is getting closer and so a few years ago I found another notebook - fatter and larger than the original - and am beginning another list.
Tonight I have sorted out all the necessary threads and a piece of linen and while watching Restoration Man will have the pleasure of starting this. I feel like my trip is beginning!
A just reward for a hard week at work.
Have a good evening everyone.