I suppose part of being a writer and an artist is that I tend to daydream at times. Granted, I know most of my daydreams will, most likely, never come true. Some could…in time. There is one that I wish would definitely come true: I want to spend at least a month in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. And, yes, I know a month wouldn’t be anywhere near long enough.
For years, I’ve read literature set in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. One of my favorite authors is Rosamunde Pilcher. She was born in Cornwall and lived in Scotland. She retired from writing in 2000. I’ve read everything she has written. I love her description of the village life…the scenery…the characters. I’ve loved all of her books. Many of them have been turned into movies.
My husband’s son-in-law was born and grew up in Ireland. He has since become an American citizen, but still has the wonderful Irish lilt when he speaks. I hope he never loses it. He introduced me to the very best TEA in the world. It’s Lyon’s tea. He’s always happy when they come to visit and he finds Lyon’s tea in the cupboard. It’s blended in Ireland where they love tea and drink about five cups a day on the average. Is it really the best? I think so. The only problem is you have to order it from Ireland. I usually order from Amazon or TeaDog. I know, it’s more expensive and you have to pay shipping, but it’s so good. My Irish son by marriage also introduced me to the idea of a wonderful convenience: the electric tea kettle! I’ve seen this very same appliance in many pictures of kitchens in some of my favorite English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh blogs! (I found my tea kettle at a kitchen store in an outlet mall in Portland for about $35.)