Friday, March 6, 2015

Leaving On a Jet Plane


Who wouldn't want to be in England during lambing season!

Mr. C. and I will be leaving next week to spend some vacation time in beautiful England during the month of March, a good time to get out of Wisconsin. Although some people like to escape Wisconsin in January or February instead, that's not for me. I don't want to return to more winter! The nice thing about being gone in March is that often we can count on spring weather, rather than sub-zero temperatures, greeting us upon our return. Not always, but often. I hope that's true this year. In the meantime, the long-range forecast for England during our stay is mid-50's F., usually sunny. That would feel nearly tropical to us, who've been experiencing  weeks of waking to below-zero F. temperatures. Yesterday morning it was minus 23 F. We're not counting on the 'usually sunny' part of the forecast, but it sure would be a nice surprise.

We will be joining our daughter and SIL in London for a week of our vacation. We are so looking forward to that!


Rather than renting a car this time, most of our travel will by tube and train. It should be interesting. Since we each travel with only a carry-on bag, I will not be taking my laptop with me. Cranberry Morning will be on hiatus until I return to Wisconsin. It will seem very strange to go that long without blogging. Do you think that blogging is a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

York Minster Quire and Son-in-Law

We hope to catch at least three choral evensong services in cathedrals and lunch at three historic pubs.
By the time we return, we should have made many wonderful memories and have enough photo fuel for several Cranberry Morning posts.

NOTE:
 
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I will be taking a sketch book, a glue stick, and a fine-point Sharpie pen with me, in order to journal each evening. It will look something like this:




It's a bit messy, but great for dredging up the memories.

The next few days are going to fly by. I hope you have a wonderful couple of weeks and that the snow melts, especially for those of you who are sick to death of the stuff and had way more than your fair share this year.

Unfortunately, due to a very full itinerary, we had to cancel tea with Cora, Robert, and Cousin Violet. Ah well, maybe next time. 


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55 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - I am so happy for you. I know how you love England. I hope you have the best time ever!

eileeninmd said...

Leaving the cold behind is an awesome idea.. I am sure you will have a great time in England.. I will look forward to seeing lots of photos when you get back.. Have a safe and happy vacation.

NanaDiana said...

Judy- I am so jealous! You will have a wonderful time, I know. I can't wait to hear about all you saw, did, experienced when you get back.
Do you think most people outside of Wisconsin think that Midwesterners have enough savvy to travel to Europe? I think most people think we hang out with the cows a great deal of the time and only travel to the local grocery store and Fleet Farm. lol

Have a BALL!!!! xo Diana

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Oh Judy, I'm so happy for you! I know you'll have a wonderful time.

Arlene Grimm said...

Alright, I am jealous!! Have a great time and I look forward to hearing all about your trip. And yes blogging can become OCD..lol. I tried to stop one time but found I really missed it.

Ruth Kelly said...

Jealousy here - I want to go too. I know you'll have a great time and come back with lots of wonderful photos and fun times.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i have no doubt you're going to enjoy every moment! yay for you!

Lorrie said...

Have a wonderful trip! England in the spring - beautiful! (from what I've read and heard)

Michelle said...

Enjoy your trip! I do hope you will share your photos/experiences with us!

Margaret Adamson said...

I know how you love England and you will have a wonderful time. Pity you are not coming to Northern Ireland.

Sandra said...

fantastic to get away from home, to visit England and to get away from the cold... i wish you sunny days while there and a safe trip.. if i were there i would not be on my laptop. i would be madly snapping everything in sight. i would not miss blogging on a vacation to anywhere. to much to do. blogging is a big part of home life, but i am not that addicted to take it with me..

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh this will be such a wonderful time for you - congrats - can't wait to hear all about it when you return.

Have a WONDERFUL safe and happy journey! ("Big Ben, Parliament") - have you ever seen National Lampoon's European Vacation then you will know what I mean there. Funny film!

I laughed out loud about having to miss tea at Downton. : - )

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh that is just wonderful Judy! How exciting for you. I love the journal idea and adding 'souvenirs' to the pages. Yes, blogging is a serious addiction. I hope you are okay without your laptop for your trip. Don't go into withdrawal eh? You will have a fabulous time with your daughter and son-in-law and touring. I can't wait to hear about your trip. Enjoy!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am so excited for you. My favorite place on earth! Have a wonderful time and safe travels.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Have a wonderful time - I look forward to reading about the trip when you return :-)

Mrs.T said...

Have a wonderful time! You will be missed here in blog land.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Oh my goodness! So excited for you! March is the perfect time to escape!
Can't wait to see all the wonderful photos on your return! (I take it tickets have reached an affordable level?)

Terri D said...

Oh, how exciting!!! I journaled during our trip to Italy, but I wasn't blogging yet (until we got back). It is a great way to save the memories and not forget that tiniest thing that made for a great day. I will miss you, but look forward to hearing about your wonderful trip, when you return! Will keep you all in my prayers for safe travels, good weather, and good health!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Have a wonderful time and a safe trip!

Ginny said...

How wonderful! And I do hope you will take your camera and plenty of camera cards! I cannot wait to see what YOU saw! The church is beautiful and I wish I could be there to see the gorgeous pastoral lamb scene. Will you be gone two weeks? I will miss you. Hope you have a wonderful time!!! I think the OCD thing is all dependent on the person, not the technology.

podso said...

You timed this just at the end of DA! It will be different for you by train but certainly doable -- we did it for three weeks with two little boys. I think we just had a back pack each. Both of you will enjoy the scenery since one doesn't have to watch the road while driving. And wonderful memory building with your kids joining you. Have a wonderful, wonderful time. Maybe the bluebells will be up.

Jan said...

Oh, this brings back good memories. We attended an evensong service at York Minster many years ago when our then small children and I accompanied my husband on a business trip to England. It was wonderful-I hope we can go back some day. Have a wonderful time!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip Judy, and leaving the laptop behind will give you a good break from blogdom. Yes, it can become OCD but I'm always trying not to let that happen.
Safe travels and lots of photos to share when you return!

Nancy said...

Safe travels! I look forward to visiting with you about the trip. Enjoy!

betty said...

How fun and I think it is wise not to take a computer and be away from blogging for a bit :) Always a good break!

Enjoy!

betty

happywonderer.com said...

Oh, have a wonderful time. I'm jealous! :) We are talking about doing a no rental car trip to England for our next adventure. I know you'll enjoy your kids and the trip in general!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I am so excited for you and Mr. Cranberry. Have fun and we must get together when you get back. The boys will want to hear all about your adventures and me too!!
Love You,
Carla and Family

Stephanie said...

My dear Judy, how wonderful for you! How I would love to go to England some day...

I hope you have a beautiful and relaxing time and come back refreshed :) Hugs to you!

Debbie said...

How wonderful this all sounds! Have an awesome time! Soo happy for you!

Rose said...

Have fun...looking forward to pictures when you return.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Have a wonderful time ! :) Too bad about missing that tea :)

Vee said...

All the best! There is no need to tell you to have a blast, that's a given! I hear that spring in England is mighty fine so take lots and lots of pictures and prove it.

EG CameraGirl said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip and bring back many glorious photos. And if you return to warmer weather that means it will likely be warmer here north of Toronto too. I'd like that. ;))

Cheryl said...

How very exciting for you and Mr. Cranberry!!

Yes, I do think that blogging can be a bit OCD...but once you go cold turkey, you'll enjoy the break. Your travel journal is a wonderful idea! I'd love to sit and chat and peruse yours over a cup of tea. It would take me a very long time though as I tend to linger over such things and read every word.

Safe and happy travels!!

Missy George said...

have fun..Be safe

Diane said...

Have a grand time!! Love the journal too!

Felicia said...

Have a great time.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How exciting!!! I want to go to England with you!!! We lived in Heidelberg, W.Germany for 3 years in the 80s, but never made it over to the England!! One day!!! I look forward to your trip!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I look forward to hearing all about your trip to London when you return! I'm sure you enjoyed visiting with your daughter. Safe travels!

J_on_tour said...

I know you've waited a long time for this trip. Hope the schedule goes well and you meet lots of nice people :-)
I'm likening the roof of Kings Cross to another kind of Cathedral. Hopefully that's the train in the picture you will get on your travels north although the livery has changed a little over the years as the franchise keeps changing.
No doubt you'll come armed with SD cards and the scrap book that you did a post on before is an interesting idea.

Michelle F said...

Judy,

Have a grand time in England!
I do hope you get to see some sun!

I think the internet, maybe blogging in general, is a type of OCD :)

Enjoy!!

Beth said...

Have a wonderful trip, Judy! I can't believe you can do 2 or 3 weeks with just a carry on bag! Sometime perhaps you can tell me how you did that! lol
I'm anxious to hear about your travels; also does your daughter and sil live in London? How did that happen? Best wishes, Beth

Anita Johnson said...

Enjoy! Enjoy! And hopefully the weather here in Wisconsin will be much better and from the start of this week, it's looking good! Safe travels!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

How wonderful! Have a great time, and I look forward to the photos. I love the sound of the musical experiences that you will have. The internet was terribly slow when we went to Italy, and the computer break was good.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Enjoy your time in England!

Hannah said...

What a fun exciting way to get away from the ice and snow! My distant ancestors are from there, I would love to go. Have a great time, I'm looking forward to your photos.

pattisjarrett said...

Great idea for choosing March. I wish I'd taken a journal on our last vacation. Lesson learned! Sounds like lot of fun planned--enjoy!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

WooHoo! I'm so excited for you! Wonder how you'll cope with such a long time away from "OCD" blogging.

Happy trails! It's lambing time in the Dales.

Dee said...

I am looking forward to your return post...have a safe and fun filled trip...take a lot of photo's. :)

What Karen Sees said...

Have a lovely vacation, and hopefully you will return to daffodils and the absence of snow!

Lady Linda said...

What a great journey! I know you will have the best time. Love your journal idea. Hope you return to spring.

Rue said...

Have a fabulous time! I'm jealous, since I've always wanted to go there, but I hope you'll take lots of pictures to share ;)

That cow sign you bought in your last post is darling!

Bethany Carson said...

Love the photo of the cathedral! I hope you'e enjoying an awesome vacation!

Judy S. said...

Hope every minute of your trip is fabulous! Enjoy! And safe travels.

Empty Nester said...

I'm so glad you're going! And can't wait to hear and see all about it! I love the way you keep your travel journal. Safe trip there and home!

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