Nothing to say I guess?
Just stopping by now to do a dump of England pictures from my trip this summer with my mom and my sister. I like saving things like this for posterity, I guess in case my hard drive gets destroyed or something?
So, welcome back is two fold - a new blog post and a second trip to England for me. It was a lovely, fun week full of map reading, subway riding, scenic pictures, some great food, and sweet time with my family.
(Also - forgive the pictures being all in a wacky order. I got tired of trying to rearrange them from a weird upload.)
The first day there, Mary picked us up from the airport and on the way to her house, we stopped at Stonehenge. After flying all night basically and being awake for too many hours, it was so nice to see these wide open spaces, beautiful skies, and amazing scenes.
My favorite little barn in all of England.
A beautiful little country church and cemetery up on the Moors. The weather could not have been more perfect.
Little kneeling pillows in the church. I imagine someone's Mema did all the needlepoint on these so you'd have a soft place to put your knees.
We all nearly melted over this little cutie. Wild horses on the moors.
And so many sheep!
Mom and Sis on the train!
Old school locomotive. See the fire burning inside right behind the guy?
Our sweet, gracious host - cousin Mary.
I think Mary said this building on the hill was part of the Royal Naval College.
I loved this little colorful seaside town and its delicious brie baguettes!
Mom and I on the train to London.
The three of us at the Exeter Cathedral. Always so windy!
Inside the Exeter Cathedral.
Hello Big Ben!
We went on a walking tour as part of our tour bus tickets with a super knowledgeable, friendly little guide. Watching the Changing of the Guard was on mom's "don't miss!" list so we actually got to see most of the stages of it from the old palace to Buckingham and everything in between.
Gargoyles on Westminster Abbey - for Mom.
Part of the Changing of the Guard.
Yeomen of the Tower. And us.
Mom and I at the Tower of London.
Mom and Sis at the Tower. Mostly just wanted you to notice the faux monkey over their heads.
Tower Bridge - not to be confused with the London Bridge.
Mary was a genius and got us tickets for a play at the Globe Theater. It was a Irish version of the Taming of the Shrew. We all enjoyed it and our seated, in the shade tickets quite immensely!
Inside the Globe Theater.
This is us being thankful for our seated/shaded seats.
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, with our 2,000 closest friends.
My sweet Momma - who can't pass a flower garden without enjoying it - a trait I hope to carry on.
That's pure joy. One of the highlights of our trip was having a proper high tea at the Lanesborough Hotel. So posh. We were totally out of place but had a hilariously good time and the food and tea was delicious!
Watching their flowering tea bloom.
My favorite little hazelnut chocolate. So they brought me three more.
I'm so thankful for this woman - and apparently catching my sister off guard. I'm thankful that she wants to make memories and go place and enjoy life.
And for these guys humoring us with photo in the park.