I’m currently in the UK, hence the newsletter is really late (my apologies). It has been a whirlwind trip – and hard to believe that 14 of our 18 days are already gone. I’ve been fortunate to visit England quite a lot of times – mostly in the past 4 years. There are so many things I love – I thought it would be fun to make a list.
- Sunny days (we’ve been fortunate to have quite a lot of them on this trip)
- The houses (well the really old houses with lots of character and believe me, there are loads of them)
- The parks – for such a small country with so many people, there are lovely parks everywhere. A favourite of mine is Richmond Park
- The narrow streets and lanes (although not so much fun when you’re driving!)
- English manners – most people are extremely polite
- Squirrels – they are everywhere and I just adore watching them
- Amber traffic lights that tell you the lights are about to go green
- The fact that you can play golf at Hampden Court Palace where King Henry the Eighth lived and there are deer on the fairways!
- Sitting in the sun on the edge of The Thames, watching the boats go by
- The Old English Pubs
- Going to the Rugby at Twickenham Stadium (the home of rugby) – and then meeting your favourite player at the hotel the next day! Yes that is Israel Folau and me looking a little star struck 🙂
- Seeing friends that we’ve met all because of Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose and making new friends each time too
- Hot English breakfasts
- That I now eat Marmite (although it still comes a poor second to Vegemite)
- M&S Foods (a type of supermarket that sells delicious food – and gorgeous flowers)
- English supermarkets like Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose – there is so much choice!
- English television – especially 8 out of 10 Cats, Location, Location, Location, Grand Designs and anything to do with history
- Booksellers – especially the ones we’ve become good friends with!
- My lovely UK editor and publisher
- Villages like Great Missenden and Sarratt
- Tradition – I visited Harrow School last weekend and it was incredible
- History – you are surrounded by it everywhere you look
- All the fabulous schools I’ve visited and the wonderful children and teachers – it is always fabulously good fun
Have you ever been to England? What was your favourite thing? If you haven’t, what do you think you’d like to see the most?
PS My least favourite thing these days is the traffic and driving on the motorways and the fact that there are no powerpoints in bathrooms – so you always have to dry your hair in the bedroom and most often sitting down.