Not-blogging: What I did on my holidays


View from our holiday cottage,

Friends! Hello again.

I have been on holiday in delightful Kent, visiting many of the same attractions I visited last year, and a few new ones.

I have also been busy not-blogging.

Blogging about a topic forces me to clarify my thoughts.

And similarly not-blogging allows me to avoid clarifying my thoughts. Which has been a relief.

I did notice the extreme weather events world-wide and the pandemical nihilism in the UK, but it has been a blessing to not have to focus on these events too closely.

While away I…

  • Enjoyed the kindness of strangers and reflected on how steadfast this was in even the most difficult of times.
  • Noticed how tough the pandemic has been for small businesses, and reflected on my own good fortune.
  • Required no cash at all not even once in even the smallest of establishments and reflected that cash will soon become extinct.
  • Gazed in wonder at Canterbury Cathedral and reflected on the enduring power of martyrdom.
  • Visited the Brogdale National Fruit Collection and reflected on how hard it is to buy British Fruit even in the Garden of England.
  • Discovered an airfield unmarked on the OS map and reflected on the pleasure of discovery.
  • Saw many beautiful flowers and plants and reflected on their resilience and perfection.
  • Noticed how different country foxes were from from their town cousins: country foxes have beautiful coats and run like the wind when they spot you.
  • Visited Leeds Castle and reflected on the unimaginable wealth of Lady Bailey – an heiress of an ESSO founder who used the vast estate as her weekend retreat. And I thought about the storms my children will endure as a result of that companies success.
  • Visited Rochester Castle and was astounded by this carcass of a skyscraper with astonishing views.
  • Visited Chatham Dockyard and reflected on how different the world was now from my father’s world which transported him to North Africa and Burma.
  • Visited Teapot Island Museum and reflected on the way in which this non-native plant (tea was apparently smuggled from China and planted in India) had led to (amongst other things) a bizarre form of cultural expression.
  • Spent time with my children and reflected on my great good fortune.
  • Realised that after 96,000 miles and 20 years of neglect, our car was about to die. The stench of burning oil highlighted my appreciation that its carbon-based effluents were polluting the planet.
  • Walked through wheat fields and reflected on wonder of my daily bread.
  • Ate fish and chips on the beach in the rain and reflected on how English I feel while still not disliking other cultures.
  • Saw wind ‘farms’ at sea and solar ‘farms’ on land and reflected on the sheer wonder of their engineering and the hope for a non-polluting future that they embody.

And I let all this and more wash over me.

And after returning to a heatwave that I believe may have extended beyond Teddington, I enjoyed solar-powered air conditioning at home – even as I slept – and allowed these memories and reflections to ferment in my dreams.

I have put some pictures below and after my non-blogging indulgence, I will be back blogging very shortly

I hope you too can have a holiday of sorts.


Click the images for larger versions.


One Response to “Not-blogging: What I did on my holidays”

  1. mesnilman Says:

    Glad you had a lovely holiday.

    Always good to take time to reflect, and I also love spending time in Canterbury, whenever I come back to the UK (which hasn’t been for some time…).

    Stay safe!

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