Seeing differently: going back

Over the years, a few people who know us well have made clear their views about our love of returning to places we’ve been before: they see it as ‘safe’, ‘unadventurous’, ‘boring’.

But we see it altogether differently.    I’m lucky to live in a time and place where I have leisure time and freedom and enough money to travel pretty much where I want to.  I choose to limit my exercise of that freedom, for a variety of reasons.

Some years ago things I read about the impact of climate change made me resolve to avoid flying.  I don’t say I will never fly, but it will always  be something I do very rarely and make a careful and mindful decision to do.  For example, we plan to visit close friends in Canada next year, and there are good reasons for doing so.  But it certainly isn’t something I do routinely or regularly.  So mostly I travel to places I can get to by train, bus, bike, or car.  Or even walk to.

Hengistbury Head, Dorset

Hengistbury Head, Dorset

Local fruit and veg, Hay-on-Wye

Local fruit and veg, Hay-on-Wye


Across the river, Hay-on-Wye

Across the river, Hay-on-Wye


And there are the ‘virtual journeys’  I can make: I can ‘see’ places far far away and immensely different to my home through the wealth of electronic devices at my disposal, in ways that in our childhoods, my parents, my grandparents, and even I, could never have believed would be possible.  

We have access to fascinating and very beautiful TV programmes – this week I watched Wild China on BBC2, and am looking forward to seeing more episodes.  

I read regularly blogs written by people in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, Switzerland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as in the UK,  each of which give me some insight into the differences and similarities between our lives.  I have learnt so, so much from them.

I listen to the radio, a lot – BBC R4 and the BBC World Service have in-depth documentaries covering all sorts of issues around the world.  That was how I heard about this inspiring young woman.

There’s no way that I can see the whole world in my one short life.  I know that and accept it.  And I embrace and enjoy it.  By going back to places again and again, we’ve been able to develop a deeper understanding of them, to look forward to seeing familiar places and faces as well as each time extending our range.  Over the years we have got to know some very special places in Denmark, Wales, Germany, France, Italy, and Cornwall.  We’ll be (re)visiting several of them again this year, and are so much looking forward to it.

Black Forest garden, Germany

Black Forest garden, Germany


Wild flowers, Dolomites

Wild flowers, Dolomites


About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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3 Responses to Seeing differently: going back

  1. nectaryne says:

    We’ve enjoyed Wild China too. So beautiful and such vastly different spaces!


    • Yes, and it’s so beautifully filmed and narrated isn’t it. I feel like I have a privileged window into such different and (to me anyway) remote places. That zip wire across the river to get to market was amazing to watch, and challenged any assumptions you might have about what people can manage!

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