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... die, but I don't believe that. You can't kill a dream. But sometimes dreams change as we change. They evolve as we grow. I've grown a lot this year, and learned a lot of things. There is so much that I appreciate about my home country that I could only ever appreciate by leaving it. Now, for the first time in a long time, I know where my place is. I don't need a new start, I don't need a new life and I don't need a second chance. I need to go home.
After an English Breakfast (pretty close to the Scottish one), we left our home on the farm and drove to Fountains Abbey. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for over 400 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries. King Henry sacked the monks/churches wealth and demolished hundreds of abbeys. Fountains Abbey is the best preserved. Just seeing what's left gives you a hint of what it must have been like fully built. We stopped in Ripon for ...
... Dales. The Dales National Park covers a bit over 400,000 acres. It's often characterized by stone walls, lots of sheep and valleys... Oh, and narrow roads where one car either has to pull over to let the other one pass or back up to the last pullout spot. It's very pretty and having paid for $0 deductible insurance for the car, the closest of those stone walls ...
We left Carlisle early Sunday morning and drove along Lake Ullswater on way to Lake Windermere, The road was narrow in many places and climbed up to Kirkstone Pass at 485m,
We had a late breakfast by the lake and were amazed at some sort of Indian festival/parade that closed the streets - dozens of Indians dressed in Scottish outfits playing bagpipes.
We then caught the car ferry across Lake Windermere and drove along more narrow roads to Coniston ...
... down over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey.
So, this will be the last of our UK bloggs. During our time here, we have covered some 12,000km, visited 38 English Heritage and National Trust properties which were "free" after paying for membership for 12 months.
Don't ask how many cream teas (scones, jam and cream) and coffees we had, but our waistlines I think have increased a bit!!
Take care and love to all
Clive and Wendy