Summer Thoughts in a cold winter lockdown

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Just now it is snowing outside and it is bitterly cold as it has been all week. In fact the photo below was take on Thursday at Sand Bay, Somerset. It was so cold overnight that as the incoming tide hit the beach it froze and continued to build up until it seemed there was a bank of snow all the way down the beach. A most unusual site and not one I had seen before here in our new home area, an area that to us Lancastrians has always seemed to have extremely mild winters.

My thoughts turned to warmer times and more especially to the prospect of some sort of normal life returning. What would be your dream of the perfect scene to accompany coming out of lockdown. For me, after seeing friends and family, it has to be this perfect English scene, a scene that I have been a part of for most of my life – the English game of cricket played on a summers day in a village setting. I am sure you have your own scene in mind but this is mine, if I can see this again I will know that there is some sort of normality returning. Oh, and a glass of chilled French wine while I am watching. Hope you are all safe and well and can see your loved ones properly soon.

Summer cricket in Lancashire

Published by Neal Atherton

My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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