No vacancy

7 Feb

Two things are on my mind today.

One: Half term breaks and the impossibility of taking spontaneous short holidays.  Everyone in England — EVERYONE — everyone with school aged children — has holiday at the same time.  So if you want to go anywhere — ANYWHERE — during breaks, you must book not weeks but months in advance — perhaps years.   Perhaps generations.  The whole country is booked next week.  I was warned about this but I did not believe.  I was a fool.  Can you imagine this happening in the US?  “Hello, I’d like to visit Colorado next week.”  “Sorry, the state is booked, no more room.  Try Utah.”

What do people do, if they want to do something at the last minute — the spur of the moment — when the fancy strikes them?  Lesson learned: plan ahead.  A long, long way ahead.

Two:  Can someone I know please rent this house?  I’ve fallen in love with it for no good reason, and I’d like to sit in your kitchen and sigh dreamily.


8 Responses to “No vacancy”

  1. Jenny February 7, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Oh this happened to me during the October half term. So we had a “staycation” and explored lots of fun local sites. I learned my lesson, though and now book everything months ahead. Hope you enjoy the break no matter how you spend it!

    • Sarah February 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      You could go to France. Or Ireland. 🙂

      • Monique February 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

        They’re on the list! I thought I could stare at a map, pick a spot, and go — not so much.

    • Monique February 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      A hard won lesson engenders wisdom … I hope! There’s so much to see and do, a staycation is no penalty, but I’m starting to feel a bit of Cotswold cabin fever, if that’s possible. =)

  2. Zazzy February 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I would like to buy that house. I’m sure I would bake scones and drink tea in that kitchen and have nice warm towels from the warming room. And change all the locks so they’d all work with one key.

    • Monique February 8, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      hee hee hee you HAVE been reading along, haven’t you? There’s nothing for it, you must come to England and we’ll have tea. =)

  3. Louise February 11, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Ha ha! Love the “No Vacancy” bit!


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