"engeland swings like a pendulum do..."
my dad played that song by roger miller on his reel to reel cassette recorder when i was four and i loved it!
"bobbies on bicycles two by two" sounded like something fun, and i wanted to see the "rosy red cheeks on the little children" so badly
(the only time my own cheeks have ever been rosy was when it was -40 in the yukon!)
when i was 8 i remember telling my grandfather, whose parents emigrated from scotland just before he was born, that i wanted to go to england and scotland and see where our families had come from
it was a wonderful chat and it ended with him giving me a ten dollar bill to start my trip savings
((i put it in a book on the bookshelf in my bedroom for safe keeping and never saw it again... - i still shake out the encyclopedias now and again, hoping...)
when we were first married there was talk of travelling to the uk
i remember my excitement at purchasing 35 pounds to start the saving process again... but jobs and mortgages and babies came along and the pounds were changed back to canadian dollars...
but finally, a life-long dream is about to come true, thanks to this young man
five years ago our son doug participated in his first ever triathlon right here in salmon arm and this september he will compete in the world triathlon race in hyde park, london, england
and we will be there to cheer him on!
we are so very proud of him... there are just no words...
for those of you that have followed my blog for some time you will recall that he also qualified for the world triathlon race in auckland, new zealand last year
university committments and the high cost of getting there just didn't let it be possible so he did the next best thing - trained hard and qualified for the london race this year
|doug and his partner claire|
we are over the moon excited to be able to go and see him run (and bike and swim!) and spend some time with him seeing the sights
and after the excitement of the race and london are over, marc and i are heading off on an adventure of our own - a five week circle tour of england and scotland
starting in the cotswolds and working our way up and around
my mind is a jumble: william morris, jane austen, charlotte bronte, wordsworth, byron, beatrix potter, robbie burns, dickens, tea and scones, gardens and castles,old books, natty sweaters, but most of all,
moors and bracken
tartan and pipes
my great grandparents used to love coming to the yukon to visit but it made them sad too - it was much like home, they said...
and so i am going to scotland, to tillicoultry, to their home
for them and for me
(and i bet i'll cry!)
i'm already saving pounds and making lists
lace, woolens, tartans, old books, chintz, spode, and one of these:
a genuine bonafide mason & cash bowl pudding bowl!
"oh to be in england..."