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Today is - according to the government and the media - officially "Blue Monday". According to the radio, this means that the people of the nation are at their lowest ebb. We are stuggling financially; the summer seems a long way away and we are generally 'blue'. Hmm...
I've been trying to banish the blues over the weekend by sorting our holidays. I love the planning. I'll spend hours on the computer trying to get the quality of accomodation, the right location and a fair price.
Just before Christmas I was chatting to some-one who didn't really know me and she said "I bet you're the kind of person who jets off to exotic places." I was really offended! She seemed a bit baffled when I tried to explain that I like to call myself a " micro-tourist". I'm happy spending my summer holidays in England and I don't feel the urge to drive very far to achieve that sense of 'on holiday-ness'. For the last two years we've only driven 40 miles for our two week break. This year we're really pushing our boundaries and I think we'll be travelling about 55 miles!
Once we're on holiday, we put on our walking boots and really try to 'get under the skin' of an area. We shop at local shops and farm stores and eat local specialities. England's different regions are so beautifully diverse that you don't need to travel far to find a whole new range of cakes, sausages and cheeses. I'm a complete foodie and I love it!
This year we're going to base ourselves near Clun, Shropshire. We're close to the Offa's Dyke path, the Kerry Ridgeway and an unlimited number of local paths and bridleways. Our nearest town of any size will be Bishops Castle or Knighton. In other words, we will be in the middle of absolutely nowhere and I can't wait!!!