What I learned on my holiday

It’s always when I’m in the middle of the way through a holiday that I realise how much I needed it.

Over the half-term break, we went to Yorkshire to see my husband’s family.

There were family trips out everyday.

At Bridlington beach, it was incredible to be beside the seaside. Notice how the sea meets the sky. There is something magical about the line separating sky and sea.

Doesn’t the view of the sea remind you of a Hiroshi Sugimoto seascape photograph?

Seascape: Aegean Sea, Pillon, 1990. Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Seascape: Aegean Sea, Pillon, 1990. Hiroshi Sugimoto.

After a lunch of fish & chips, the grown-ups walked along the promenade back to the car while the kids ran along the beach, skimming stones into the North Sea.

Then out of nowhere came ‘my Kodak moment’. A ray of sun shining on a spot on the beach where a group of people had gathered round two men fishing.

While walking along River Hull to the Museums Quarter, I was aghast at the number of disused industrial buildings. Clarence Flour Mill looks like the sort of building that should be taken over by Tate and turned into an art gallery. 

At the National Railway Museum in York, we learned about trains and saw the most beautifully designed train.

This is what a squashed penny looks like when a train runs over it.

It was only around the third day into our holiday that I started to relax. I think it must have been when I checked my work emails for the first time and saw that work was carrying on without me.

Then I had an epiphany.

“After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

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