We’ve returned from our trip to the British Isles. It was a splendid, if not exactly slimming, trip (too many pints and convivial repasts for that, I’m afraid), and it was nice to be almost completely off-line throughout, paying almost no attention to social media and the news. Among the highlights (besides being with family new and old, which was best of all) were: a long walk through the fields of the rural Midlands to a twelfth-century pub; getting to know Dublin (including a sobering tour of the Kilmainham Gaol); a two-day visit to the starkly beautiful Antrim coast of Northern Ireland; the Churchill “War Rooms” museum in London; and seeing the magnificent St. Paul’s again after thirty-four years (with far more understanding and appreciative eyes).
Now I’ve got some catching-up to do. Back to normal order soon.