For the last two weeks we’ve been away on holiday touring middle England.
With a wedding to attend on the 1st June near Cambridge it was the perfect opportunity to introduce DS to more of England, catch up with friends and family and visit some new places and old haunts.
We left as the Cherry Blossom came into full bloom and I was sad to leave it but really excited about going away.
We hired a motorhome – a really fabulous way to travel if you
1. Self cater - for dietary issues
2. Have a child
3. Want to visit a different place almost every day
We stocked up the fridge (full sized) and thought we would be using the (also full sized) oven, but to be honest we almost always picked up an easy meal, good salads and a decent coffee from Waitrose, M&S and Costa at the motorway services. A decent bottle of wine too.
Is this glamping?
The Van was upgraded from a 4 to 6 berth, giving lots of extra room, but also an extra 6ft at the back end. I soon learnt to call ahead and check out (coach) parking facilities.
Our first stop was at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
We couldn’t help wondering what Granddad would make of this?
Was is straight?
We walked for quite a while to see a special installation by Richard Long.
Mmm…. was that it?
Heading off in the opposite direction we walked for miles. Up the “71 steps” (we counted and yes there were 71) and then through a stunning bluebell wood.
Eventually the sculpture we’d really wanted to see was in sight “Hanging Trees” – by Andy Goldsworthy. It was well worth the long, uphill walk. Every time I achieve such a walk I realise how much has changed with my energy levels over the last two years.
There were three of these large “boxes”, each with a tree, only one had plant life and this really added to the organic / inorganic contrast.
Overall a great first day out with wonderful weather and lots more sculptures to assess (some we liked and some we really didn't!)