This has taken much longer getting back into posting after our busy holiday than I imagined it would. Before I get to our amazing holiday I wanted to share a PSA with everyone. Our trip was 3 weeks long but it’s been another couple of weeks since and I haven’t posted.
I had decided a few months ago I would come off my fibro meds once we were back from holiday because I still had the fibro symptoms plus some awful side effects. Including a brain fog that was something else! Now I spoke with doctors beforehand and the only thing they said was to step down the dose carefully. I did it nice and slow. It went better than I thought it would. But once I finished the fun really started and they never mentioned anything about this which is why I’m sharing this with you. I know I’m not the only one going through this. The withdrawal after the meds was horrendous and I could barely get out of bed. I did some research and found that people can end up having seizures or have to be in hospital. Luckily I didn’t have that but I was really upset that I wasn’t told of this prior to going on the meds and not being told this when I said I was coming off! So if you are going to be dealing with this, do research and really push your doctor to give you proper support, otherwise it can get really miserable.
That’s the end of the PSA and on to the fun stuff!
This year we took the kids with us to the UK, one because we were due for a family trip and two because our daughter is touring universities this year. Surreal that she is beginning this new chapter! We had so much to fit into this trip and hit the ground running by taking a day trip to Cardiff. We were all pleasantly surprised at what a fabulous city it is. The university was right near the town centre and we were fortunate to be able to speak with a senior professor who is part of the admissions. It was a well spent half hour. Crossing the Severn was quite the treat as well.
Without much of a break we headed to our next adventure. My husband’s family planned a day coach trip to the Somme because his great great uncle was killed in action 100 years ago to the day. The cemeteries take your breath away and they are immaculate.
Thiepval was very powerful. 73,000 names of people of unknown burial. 73,000 families had the heartbreak of not knowing what happened. It was overwhelming for me. I was struck by the inability of humans to learn from history and the current climate doesn’t hold much hope that we won’t see another Thiepval.
We were treated to a gorgeous view back across the channel with the sunset. Hard to beat the sun going down over water.
We realised that the kids had never been to Stonehenge so it sounded like a perfect day trip. I really like how they’ve changed the area by moving the visitor centre a mile and a half away. It really opens up the surrounding area so you see how it was in ancient times. It was really lovely to walk in the countryside seeing all the barrows. We also went to Avebury which is a village smack in the middle of a very large stone circle. A fascinating place.
After a couple of days puttering about it was time to head north. I couldn’t wait to show the kids the countryside up north. University of Manchester was on the list to tour and my friend works there. Which was fabulous as she actually gave us a much better tour than the official one. Including getting into the Rutherford Room where the atom was split in 1911. That was so cool.
The next day was a gorgeous trip into Yorkshire with Skipton Castle and Bolton Abbey. I hadn’t been to the Abbey before and I loved it. The whole area includes the Abbey, the current church in use and the village. Loads of walking to be done.
The next day was a great mix of geeky stuff. We went to see the Lovell Telescope which is an incredible bit of engineering. You have to have your phones off or in airplane mode as you can interfere with the telescope. The telescope can pick up a single mobile phone signal from Mars. We also enjoyed the diesel gala at the East Lancs Railway. We rode the rails for bit. The door windows were popular as it was the best way to cool off on the trains!
It was time to head to London, no rest for the wicked! Our daughter wanted to visit the Tate as some of the art work was in her image set from her AP Art History course. I’ll admit, I don’t get the Tate. At all but to each their own. It was this afternoon that our daughter got her results for her AP Art History and AP Bio. She achieved a 5 in both, we are so incredibly proud of all her hard work. She worked so much with the studying. It took a lot of time after school and weekends for the heavy coursework.
My husband noticed before our trip that the London Transport Museum was having an open day at Acton. Our kids weren’t overly impressed but he and I loved walking round all the old stock, maps, signs and artifacts.
We spent the rest of the day wandering round Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square. I have to say by this time I was tired of the sun and heat. It wasn’t so bad in the countryside but London was pushing it!
For the last full day we headed to Cambridge for the last of the university tours. We loved being able to walk in the footsteps of Darwin. His room is still used by students. Can you imagine being assigned his room? Because most of the colleges own the river banks they charge you to walk through to the River Cam so we decided to do a punt tour down the river. So much cooler on the river! We got a great view of the Bridge of Sighs, named because Queen Victoria thought it looked just like a bridge in Venice. It doesn’t but who was going to argue with the Queen?
After a week straight of walking 4-8 miles a day, we were done in but what memories. It was amazing to do all the exploring with the kids and spending the time with them before they went off on their next summer adventures.