Travel journals can record historic places, overnight stays and driving routes; they can also hold memories of personal significance, instantly recalling quiet moments.
Although I am not drawn to cruising, as a teenager in South America, I often travelled, with my father, on cargo ships as he was a Lloyd’s surveyor. So when a friend asked me to go on a short cruise, I was happy to help someone who really wanted to see the Panama Canal.
We sailed from Galveston, Texas and I couldn’t resist sketching the oil rig as it was my first time seeing one up close. (Our cabin was on the opposite of the ship from the dock)
Lacock Abbey in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire, England, was founded in 1232 by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, as a nunnery of the Augustinian order. It has fine medieval cloisters, sacristy, chapter house and monastic rooms of the Abbey, which have survived. Today the property is owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum-and-village
This drive was in October, when the hedgerows were being trimmed. Driving through leafy tunnels where the shimmering light created a pointilism effect among the darkly silhouetted branches. There was twittering birdsong whenever we stopped.
Travelling back to England, we are in the magical colours of the Cotswolds, with their golden ochre stone building.
Best web page for an overview of this area is https://www.cotswolds.info
Sage green and violet grown in this landscape. My brother lived in Abergavenny. The A465 road runs from Abergavenny to the Neath. The section westwards from Abergavenny is more commonly known as the Heads of the Valleys Road because it joins together the northern heads of the South Wales Valleys. Here the lunar-like landscape is dotted with sheep; scratch the surface to find black dust and rock. Sheep once had their tails docked but longer tails allow them to dispell flies … as nature intended.
Tumpa in Welsh is a waterfall. Tumpa is also the high point in the Brecon Hills. Despite the gloomy weather, the clouds lifted to give a view across the hill.
In Wales LLan means place so often features in names like Llanthony, layered with history in thr Black Mountains of Wales. I heard Romans for three reasons: wild dogs, women and grain (exporting 700 tons per annum)
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