|"You never know what is in your closet until you look"|
Spousal Unit planned a wonderful routing for us through Minneapolis and Amsterdam. I love the Amsterdam airport - immigration and customs are a breeze. Before we knew it, we had coffee and had settled into our gate to wait for our quick flight over to Newcastle. It was then that he pointed out where I was sitting. Off to a good start! Hopefully this would not be auspicious for our trip, which would include a lot of walking!
The next day, our two guests arrived at the Darlington train station, via the Virgin train service from Kings Cross in London, where they had spent almost a week exploring all that the metropolis has to offer. (Which, by the way, did not include any weather requiring rain coats.) We whisked them off to my in-laws with just enough time to enjoy Mom's tea and to re-pack for our morning departure to the Yorkshire Dales.
Over 25 years ago, Spousal Unit introduced me to the public footpath system in the UK, and I know I fell in love with both at the same time - they are inextricably connected in my heart. Thus it brings me great delight to share this national treasure with others.
|Cottage garden with Easby Abbey in background|
|A small portion of the ruined abbey|
For all we know, absent dear Henry, the monasteries might have disappeared altogether without the protection that comes from a designation as a historic site. Or access might be restricted at the site of a functioning abbey. Instead, today we get to admire nature's way of reclaiming a site, even in the smallest of nooks and crannies.
I suspect that footpaths also appeal to the voyeur in all of us - the opportunity to peer over a garden wall, especially the high ones, to see what is being protected from our view. Quite quickly, my sister and her husband recognized that flower gardens, big and small, are a rampant past-time. No matter how small the space, even if only a doorway, it possesses flowers.
|View of Richmond Castle with River Swale below|
|Bridge over River Swale|
|Waterfall on River Swale|
But there was not a raindrop to be found anywhere - tell me again why we brought the rain coats?
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