I have been busy. WE have been busy. So much to do and see here. And then there is my job. I seem to have hit a personal streak of running about here and there at a constant pace. Tonight I have some time to jot down a bit about what has been happening.
We took a family vacation out to Sheringham for a weekend getaway. Rebecca arranged an en suite apartment for us, which she got for a good deal as the gent who owns it dropped the price for her as she was on the phone for him. Sheringham is in Norfolk, East Anglia, or from our town “Due East” at the coast.
We arrived Friday night, found the apartment, and immediately set off for a pub that had won awards for serving Real Ales. The next day was all rainy, but being on the coast reminded us of Oregon Winters, so none of us were really bothered by it. The ocean was a nice change from being inland. The smell of the salt air and the sound of the waves brought back those California memories growing up at the beach. Somewhere in my DNA is that need to be near the sea and often Rebecca and I have talked about retiring in a beach town somewhere along the West Coast.
We took a trip out to Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, whom I will be teaching about next week when I begin my Henry VIII unit. The Hall is actually closed for the season, but since we joined the National Trust, we can see some of their properties in the off season. In this case, it was a behind the scenes tour, meaning that we went into the attic and into the cellar. Kids were extremely well behaved since what we saw inside was more curious than truly interesting.
Sunday was gorgeous, with nary a cloud in the sky for the whole day! Along the beach the scene was peaceful and just plain sunny. The drive out to Sheringham took about 2.5 hours, so we decided to take the long way home and hit two castles.
Next we visited Castle Rising. It is a Keep style castle, first built in the 1100’s. According to its history, this castle was already becoming a ruin by the 1500’s. It is now in the hands of the Howard family, and by that I am assuming Catherine Howard, one of Henry VIII’s wives. This castle had a lot more left of it and was impressive all around. The kids are, again, enjoying seeing these historic places with us. Our iPad took this photo. It actually takes better pictures than our camera.
What was really hard was getting home Sunday night and then getting up Monday morning. The weekend just took a lot out of me, and now I had to teach. Driving to work I had the inner feeling that work was now becoming ‘work’ and some of the shine of living abroad was wearing off. Don’ t get me wrong, I am still enjoying immensely this adventure, but cows and sheep and church steeples are now part of my everyday life and are just not that overwhelming like they first were. Alas, my work week was less than eventful as I felt a little like going through the motions. Talking with staff they mentioned how hard it must be for me to work all week and then go out and get away to see things. If I don’t get out I am staying in my council house, which is not the most exciting place to be since I don’t really live here. I need/we need to go out and about, meaning that I need to find that inner pace to keep me from feeling burnt out and overworked.
Here are just a couple more photos of things we have gone out and done. I am behind on this blog a bit, but the photos are great to share.