Thanks for checking on me during my unexpected 4 week absence. Special thanks to new readers who followed this blog when I was barely posting!
Rom and I ended up in the UK much earlier than planned due to family matters; more about that another time. Before our scheduled vacation began, we had a long run of family visits and downtime in Sussex. We were entirely without Internet access for a shocking 8 days which I would never have done voluntarily!
It took me about 4 days to acclimate. I thought it must be the 4-hour time difference, and the complete lack of coffee in the house. I am not accustomed to having to drink tea in the morning! Later I discovered that even the tea was decaf, so I was in complete caffeine withdrawal 🙂
In our tiny green village, we read constantly – I devoured 8 books! – and went hiking every day.
I enjoyed some of my favourite uniquely British foods like rhubarb yogurt and banoffee cake.
I was taken aback to find the weather was exactly like back home in Nova Scotia: only 15-20 C, but Spring had sprung earlier and the landscape was lush.
Here is a little photo album of the pastoral part of our “vacation” in the Ashdown Forest (which is actually heath land):
And I will also bring you this little local vignette:
OK, if you were looking for my Paris photos, they will be next. However, I will forewarn that because it was my first visit, they are the most typical of tourist pix!