...involves your own back yard
20.04.2009 18 °C
So many people assume that taking a year off "to travel" means that you will travel to a major airport like Heathrow hop on a long haul plane to some sunny destination and bring all those pictures and stories of adventure back in 12 months time to bore all your friends with. Well, sometimes events take turn that mean you hvae to return early, as in Lois and my case. We knew that by hopping on the plane at Gatwick last Autumn, we were taking a gamble that we wouldn't get the full 12 months and so it has proved.
I have spent the last few weeks since Lois's passing wondering what to do next. Should I go back to work, should I book a flight back to somewhere more exotic or should I just rest and contemplate what the future holds. It is difficult to predict how you are going to feel after losing such a special person in your life. There is no protocol to follow. Should I do the Seikh thing and mourn for a year and a day, and then celebrate Lois's life, or should I close the door behind me and say that chapter, as good as it was, has come to an end and I must move on. Well I have decided that I will be cautious (that's my style anyway) and am going to put my boots back on and explore places near and far. It was only in the last couple of weeks, when the daffodils came out and the bluebells started to spring forth, that I realised you don't need to go far to actually travel. Yesterday I drove to Marlborough Downs for an all day walk, and it was extremely uplifting. The sun was shining, the skylarks were courting and the buds were bursting from the trees.
So, for my next phase of travelling, I am going to do a mixture of staying local doing interesting things and travelling afar when the opportunity arises. On the immediate horizon is a 4 week trip with my parents to visit my big brother Des in Canada. He lives in Winnipeg (popularly known as Winterpeg) and has planned, with the aid of Laurie, a road trip as far as Vancouver via the Rockies and back. I am looking forward o seeing a new country, i have never been to Canada before.
Prior to that, I am doing day trips and activities closer to home. Next weekend i plan to go to Bath for a bit of a spa experience, then on the 30th Sally (my sister-in-law) Eva (her daughter) and I are going on a "bluebell ride" somewhere nearby.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that, I took up horse riding again thanks to an invite from Sally. When Lois said to me before she passed away, "go out and find another woman, you're a good man and you deserve one, but make sure you have some fun on the way, get a young blonde if you like" I don't think she had Elisa in mind. Yes Elisa is blonde, yes Elisa is a bit young (only a teenager), she's fit, doesn't answer back and does what I tell her, but something tells me this ins't what Lois had in mind. Here is a picture of her anyway for you to see...