What a year! Phil and I were talking last night and we both agree that 2012 has to be the best year we’ve ever had.
When you decide to make a move as big as the one we’ve just made, you really have no idea how it will turn out. You plan and imagine and hope, but in the end, it’s a leap into the dark. We’ve done it 3 times now – first when we moved to Canada, second when we moved to the US, and now this year when we came home. By far this last one has been the best – at least from my perspective. It’s been the easiest in terms of fitting in and the most fun in terms of the experience.
If you’ve spent any time in England, you’ll know that the thing Brits do best is complain (there’s a reason the Australians call us “whinging Poms”). Not for us the overt daily patriotism of the Americans, or the quiet pride of the Canadians. No, according to us, everything is crap and the country is going to the dogs. It’s not and it isn’t, but without those beliefs I honestly think conversation in Britain would dry up completely.
If I had limitless wealth, I would send every British person abroad for a few years and let them experience life elsewhere. Then I’d bring them home, so they can see the country with new eyes and truly appreciate what they have. (Unemployed and can’t find a job? Let me send you off to America where you can discover what it’s like to be without welfare and have to pay for your own healthcare. Let’s just hope you don’t get a serious illness because those can really set you back! Sick of the rain? How about a stint in Canada where it’s below freezing for 8 months of the year and the other 4 are too humid and bug-ridden to go outside. Enjoy!).
Let’s just say I’m happy to be home. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our 2012 travels. All were taken around Yorkshire as we have barely ventured outside the county this year. (Hope to rectify that in 2013).
Local cricket team
Spring wild flowers near home
Beautiful stonework – Skipton church
Wensleydale traffic jam
Looking back at Robin Hood’s Bay from the beach
Rainbow in Calderdale
Two of my oldest and dearest friends at Christmas
Leeds town center
Fun on the stepping stones at Bolton Abbey
Bluebells at Fountains Abbey
Amazing medieval tiles
The view from Arncliffe Crag
Knaresborough in the sunshine
Antiques market in Harrogate
Me with an Olympic gold postbox in Leeds
Fog on The Stray in Harrogate
Richmond, North Yorkshire
Robin Hood’s Bay