I've been at my brother's cottage for a week – thinking it's time to move on. We took our dad back home to Warrington yesterday – used his internet to get a lttle up to date with email (didn't miss much) – and drove back the 100 mile round-trip for an evening of philosophical discussion on matters of life.
I contacted my friend Nigel in London so he can expect me one of these days, but I'm not quite ready to leave. Gary and Anna have the same views on life as I do and I just don't have the feeling our discussion is completed – so I decided to stay a couple more days. This will give me a chance to work on the videos we made; prepare the photos and texts for my blog; review my experiences this last week and actually get up to date online (there's a local pub with wifi).
I've had a lot of interesting moments – learned to hoop, learned to bake croissants and pan-bread and made videos of the process, had a go at making bubbles (big ones), watched a few inspiring and entertaining videos, made 7 song-videos, deleted two of them because Gary had his finger in front of the lens, seen the local countryside, visited an old mill and two old steam-railway stations, drank a lot of whiskey and home-brew beer... and retsina, wrote a new song, put some music to a 100 year-old poem written by my grandfather (who I never met), jammed bluegrass music with Gary, taught Gary some blues-harmonica riffs, enjoyed the cosyness of a coal-fire (in June!), discussed zen and dreams and conscious living and tandems and camper-busses, and Spain and micro-liting and the value of living an authentic life... and I painted my album-cover design on my camper and added some inspirational quotes and the blue-feather from the book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. A full week and I'm feeling pretty inspired myself.
I was undecided before I set off from Amsterdam if I should visit England or not, when my first destination preference was the early summer in Spain – but I'm glad I came. To see my family of course, but mostly because I needed the thinking time and psychological preparation so I could start my true travelling knowing clearly what my goal should be. I believe I've found what I came for... but that's another post, and a piece for the category “Inner Journey”.