Take a journey, experience an adventure but travel nowhere

With current threats to health due to a new virus sweeping the globe and the concern for climate change trending, many people are not taking the risk or finding the need to travel… but there has always been a mindful way to travel and that is, of course, through the right book.
As much as we love to be destined for a new culture, warmer weather, sunnier climes, snowier conditions, iconic landmarks, hidden treasures, galleries of masterpieces and unexpected treks… and rarely does the Brit not get his holiday … but sometimes an adventure can be just at our fingertips… (again) that’s finding the right book… before we can once more think about journeying away from our island to seek what others possess and maybe then pack a book as well.

Let me recommend my latest 2020 novel, ‘A Certain Time Of Life’ set in the U.K. and Florence, it also includes a short story and 4 unpublished poems.
So now you can go somewhere without going anywhere; feel richer, feel inspired, remind yourself of the printed page, find a pathway through the mind and try something new like you would abroad…


A Certain Time Of Life’ by Kate Barnwell
ISBN 978-0-9935817-3-1
http://www.katebarnwell.com

Novel ideas

‘Fare thee well!’ #travel #song #ballad #poetry #London #India

Here is a charming 18th century English folk ballad, to beat away the blues of January.
The first published version of this song appeared in Roxburghe Ballads, 1710.

‘…stay a while with me

For if I had a friend all on this earth

You’ve been a friend to me.

And fare thee well my own true love

And farewell for a while.

I’m going away but I’ll be back

If I go ten thousand miles.’

And on this cheery note, I must bid a 21st century friendly farewell as I depart London, England for Goa, India for 3 weeks of intrepid adventures and exciting discoveries. 

Sunny climes and warm skies beckon beyond and over the horizon – actually, geographically speaking, lying north of the Equator, just beneath the Tropic of Cancer.

New friends to meet, old friends to greet: ‘But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep…’ (poet, Robert Frost).

There are many ways to part and many paths to wander…

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Plain sailing

How about this wonderfully picturesque, cartoon-style map! The great, wide piece of water in middle is the The English Channel (the French call it La Manche) separating two independent and staunchly proud countries, Great Britain (we have Great in the title) and France.
It’s across this dividing line of water that King William of Normandy sailed in 1066, claimed victory over King Harold and planted his castle in HASTINGS and his mark forever.

The distance is around 25 miles and on extremely clear days, standing on the cliffs, you can see the outline of our dear cousins on The Northern tip of France.  

How times have changed, now we are all friends, we even have a connecting ‘Eurostar’ tunnel, for those who don’t fancy a sailing trip. We have our spats and quarrels occasionally, but this is natural). We are happy to break bread and share wine with each other, (provided we agree on whose wine and whose bread)… ‘Ah c’est la vie!’