Weekend in Wiltshire | UK

mission hallfield gate + cemetery

Earlier this month, I spent a few days in the South West of England, in the county of Wiltshire.  My friend’s mum who lives there was celebrating her 70th birthday and had organised a whole weekend of celebrations. She lives in the most picturesque cottage (the kind I thought only existed in the TV show ‘Escape to the Country’) and it’s right in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by blankets of fields. I was excited to finally see the place I’d heard so much about and to get to discover a new part of England. I had great plans to explore the area around and I made some research on what to see in Wiltshire in case there was a chance of a car. I even got some great recomendations on Twitter!

Well, things didn’t quite go according to plan.

graveyardcurious horses
tombstones & ivy
tombstone heath
poney & flies

The first couple of days were idyllic. We helped set up the party, prepared delicious food and waves of people started coming in to join in the celebration. I felt so happy to finally live my ‘house in the country’ dream. In the midst of all the preparation, my friend took me on a tour through village. Mainly, a communal field, a church from the 13th century, a graveyard and a mission hall. The pictures above are the result of this walk. I almost absently took them, thinking that surely I’ll come back to take better ones…

Fate didn’t have that in mind at all. Instead a stomach bug infiltrated the party and most of us went down with it. I think I was one of the first and when something’s wrong with me, spiritually or physically, I go into heavy sleep mode.

window sill
fox the cat
rainy days

I can’t remember much at all except that when I started to feel slightly human again, it was time to journey back to Ireland. I had planned to make a trip to London after Wiltshire but I was too worn out to attempt any visiting activity. I’m not going to lie, it broke my heart as trips to London are always the highlight of the year.
I did feel happy and relieved though when I saw the Poolbeg chimney from the deck of the ferry as I knew my bed wasn’t too far away anymore.

on the train
on the ferry

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