Hereford Cathedral

I have seen more cathedrals in the last 6 months than I have in my entire life.
All of the towns I have visited thus far have had at least one massively gorgeous cathedral for me to poke around in while my husband is off in boring meetings.
(I think I’m getting the better end of the bargain)

Anyway, business meetings were arranged in lovely Hereford and I cheerfully tagged along.

I was grateful to be accompanied by the best tour guide ever, the Hereford Cathedral cat.

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Despite my lack of religious belief, I always light a candle for my Grandfathers who have passed.

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An hour inside the cathedral and the weather has already gone cloudy!

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Goodbye Hereford! xx

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Aquae Sulis

Bath is a marvelous place. One of England’s most stunning treasures.
It is a city simply brimming with history.
Architecture. Gods and Goddesses.
Shadows and light bending around sculpture older than anything I’ll ever leave behind.

Here’s a miniature history lesson for you!

As Legend has it, Prince Bladud, who was afflicted with leprosy, was cured after bathing in these naturally occurring hot springs. In gratitude, he founded the City of Bath here in 863BC.
This Prince became the 9th King of the Britons and is also said to be the father of King Lear. (FANCY!)

In 43 AD the Romans conquered Bath and cultivated the city into a spa with temples and shrines to Sulis Minerva, Goddess of wisdom, healing, and sacred waters as well as Aesculopius god of medicine and healing.
The Roman bath houses are well preserved and incredibly beautiful.

And creepy (in the most excellent way).

I visited in October, just as the leaves were starting to take on Autumnal color.

Bath Abbey

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Inside the Roman Baths

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The calm waters…still protected by Sulis Minerva?

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Love is abundant.

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As is beauty. And my travels continue…. xx

Dreams of Devon

When I was a little girl, all I wanted was to be near the ocean.
I remember my step brother going to the beach when I was eight or nine years old, and begging him to bring me back a bottle filled with sand and sea water.
I think he had probably been to the beach 20 times in his life at that point, so he looked at me sort of funny.

Thankfully, he’s a sweet guy and a good brother, so he brought me my bottle.

I recall sitting alone in my room and holding this olive oil bottle full of microscopic specks of glittery sand and fuzzy water up to the window so the sunlight could work its magic.
The light streaming through the blinds gently illuminated every swirling golden grain, and I looked up in amazement at all of these sparkly little bits.

I had in my possession, an actual part of the ocean!

And then I started crying.

I’m not sure why exactly.

Probably because I just really wanted to see the ocean.

The idea of something so vast, so limitless, so anonymous… it really stirred my little baby heart.

Just put my feet in the water.
To sit on the shore and feel the frothy sea blanket crash over my legs…I guess these thoughts were simply more than I could handle.

Much to my disdain, we were not a family who took vacations and sadly, Tennessee is landlocked.

I was a teenager the first time I ever saw the sea with my very own eyes, and the love affair has never ended.

I have been to the beaches of Florida, California, Mexico, and South Carolina.

And now I can add Devon, England to my list.

Oh gorgeous Devon…

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All this sea watching stimulated the appetite.

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So Fish & Chips it was!

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Very much what we had hoped for.

I decided to skip this stuff though…

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I think this has been here since 1972…

But seriously, how cute is our little receipt?

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There was also interesting literature next to the table…

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No time for Wookey Holes or crazy helicopters with giant inflatable children’s heads…back to the beach with us!

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It was nice to see something familiar… I also ❤ Nashville!

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The town was lovely as well. Full of swans and little bridges…

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Richmond Park

Soooo… there is this park in London with lots of deer and they just run around and hang out and generally aren’t bothered by your presence.

I went there.

This is what I saw.

Enjoy!

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I named this guy Admiral Chill pants. Cuz he don’t care.

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That’s my hot husband looking hot in his leather in some nature. mmmm.

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Big blue sky.

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And my big smile. Twas a happy day.

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xx