If all goes to plan, Wimbledon Tennis Championships should begin on Monday. I live in South London, and Wimbledon is not really that far away – about forty minutes on the bus.
We took some friends from Ghana over to see the world famous tennis club. We wandered into the grounds and took some photos and went into the shop. Our friends had expressed interest in doing a tour of the grounds, but it would have worked out as very expensive. There was a group of us and I think it worked out as over £300 for us all to go on the tour.
Not wanting to split up, we contented ourselves with wandering over to the Park across the road and hanging out in the sunshine. We ate our food there and played sports all afternoon.
But I have a handful of the photographs I took that day.
This has to be one of Welsh adventures. My family love holidays in Wales. I was looking through my photographs, and I think these two are of the seafront at Aberystwyth.
My main memory was that the weather that day was stunning. We had planned to do a little shopping, but it was so hot. All we wanted to do was feel the cool of the sea breeze and play around in the water. The only disadvantage was that the beach was pebble. They were not all nice round smooth pebbles, there were some sharp scratchy stony pebbles in their too.
But it was a great day. We ate a lot of ice-cream. It brings back happy memories of our family summer holidays.
This is a photo of Port Adelaide, which we visited on our trip to South Australia. Like so many ports, it brought vital imports and information into Adelaide for decades, but then experienced a significant slowdown.
It has since benefited from reinvestment making it a enjoyable location to visit. It hosts some beautiful buildings and museums to visit. We followed internet recommendations to find a restaurant where we shared a huge platter of tapas style snacks. It was a great location for tourists with time on their hands.
Last week, we had our first holiday in over a year. I cannot tell you how great it was to feel like a tourist, even though we did not leave England. It was fun though. Eating ice-cream, visiting places of interest, hitting the beach when the weather improved at the weekend…it was fun.
Probably because of not having had a holiday in a long time, and the stresses of the past year – we just enjoyed every moment.
I have come back feeling refreshed, at peace, happy, energized and I have today to soak up more sun before I am back at work tomorrow. Normally I get post-holiday blues after being away. Right now I still feel as if I have had a big hug from nature and the good old British tourism industry, who gave us a great welcome. People were much friendlier than I expected, and it felt good.
It might take me a while to get myself back into routine with my blog. But I just wanted to touch base with you to say I am still here, and feeling great after the escape we just had.