My in-laws (Mother, Father and Brother) are here – they arrived on Monday and it’s been lovely to have them. But their Yorkshire accents and British sense of humour have made me homesick for my own little island across the ocean. I tend to miss mainland Europe more than the UK (friends and family obviously excepted) but this week, my heart’s been pining for sausage and mash, thatched cottages and Marks & Spencers.
These are my favourite places in the UK.
This is my home. I grew up here, I love the place deep in my gut. It’s still so rural, so beautiful and so peaceful although sadly it changes a little more every time I go home. My family live near the gorgeous city of Salisbury with its lovely cathedral, about ten minutes from Stonehenge.
We lived in Yorkshire for five years before we moved to California. It grew on me. Just as well… I married a Yorkshireman and gave birth to another one. We lived in Leeds, which never really won my heart (although its people did). But about an hour outside Leeds is the Yorkshire Dales – a land of rolling green hills, dry stone walls, beautiful villages and sheep. And the Dales hold a special place in my heart.
I lived in London for eight very happy years in my 20s. It’s an amazing place to live as a young person – I had an utter blast. I lived in Muswell Hill, a suburb in northern London, with trees and parks and little cafes. If I hadn’t fallen in love with the Husband and been lured to Leeds, I think I’d still be there.
I went to university in Aberystwyth, in deepest Wales. This land of intense green fields, rain, sheep and immense beauty is so special and so lovely. And the people have the loveliest accents.
Scotland is a new discovery for me. I’d been to beautiful Edinburgh a few times but it wasn’t until I was 6 months pregnant and we spent a week in Scotland that I realized how breathtaking it is. It reminded me very much of the wilds of Scandinavia. We climbed Ben Nevis, Scotland’s biggest mountain, we visited the Isle of Skye and stayed in the most wonderful lochside hotel. Scotland is gorgeous!!
I could write a post about each of these individual places and fill it with beautiful photos. I haven’t mentioned Bath, Somerset, the Peak District, the Lake District…places that I love dearly. I haven’t talked about the grumpy people who live there, who, once you break through initial reserve, are the funniest, loveliest people in the world. The UK is an amazing place to visit – when the sun shines, no country is more beautiful. Good luck picking that day!