I am now at the point in my life where I have lived a long time, (mid seventies) it is difficult to pick out three!
I think the first really momentous happening, we married and moved to the Newcastle area. An area of England I had not experienced before, it took me time to settled down, for one thing the accent/dialogue spoken there was much different to the accent/dialogue spoken in West Yorkshire. As two of ‘life’s innocents’, it came as a surprise to us that I was pregnant! Our son was born ten months after we married. He was a beautiful child, golden skin colour, almost white hair and the most amazing blue eyes. He was a joy, a happy child, we were later to learn he was as stubborn as a mule, he would tell you black was white. Maybe a good trait as an adult, but horrendous to live with in a tiny child.
The second thing we found, journeying further north almost to the Scottish border, we were to discover the place called Lindesfarne or, Holy Island. The island is cut off from the mainland by the sea, twice a day according to the tides, a causeway appears and you can cross. It is a wild and desolate place, very small but it does have a village centre. It is an ancient place, where Christianity first came to England, it has had its share of Holy men and hermits. It was invaded by the Vikings from the Scandanavian countries. Nowadays, its invaders are tourists. We first visited it in the early 1960’s, we loved it, and adopted it as our spiritual home. This year, we have even booked to stay three nights on the island, so bringing one of dreams into reality.
My third memory is, visiting other countries, seeing how people lived, our first country was Germany, I had never wanted to go there, My husband served in Germany while doing his National Service, he had loved the country. In the early 1980’s, our village, with a large coal mine, became twinned with a mining town in Germany, we went as part of an exchange. It was a delightful surprise, to live in a German house with our host family. They became closer to us than our families as we exchanged visits for over twenty five years. With the exchange, we travelled extensively around the North Rhine Westfalia region, so got to know it quite well.
The other Country we came to know well, was Spain although this was hotel accommodation, so we did not get the close connection with any one area. We spent a lot of time on the Spanish island of Tenerife, that was like another world, with its heat and sparse and scrubby vegetation on the way from the airport to the southern coastal area. It was a special place to us, but then we decided to see mainland Spain. That was such a large country, for me, sitting in the window seat flying over the geography laid below me was amazing. We found so much fun and laughter in and around the Costa del Sol. We journeyed into the mountain country, seeing how the rural populations lived, with all those goats!
Memories of our travels will never leave us.