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May 10th, 2011

Lancashire: The Remains of a Day in the English Countryside

Our Lancashire weekend, in the city of Preston and the surrounding villages (where much of importance took place in our church history) turned storybook as we passed through quintessential England. Passages from one of my all-time favorite novels, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, ran through my mind…


“What I saw was principally field upon field rolling off into the far distance. The land rose and fell gently, and the fields were bordered by hedges and trees.

“There were dots in some of the distant fields which I assumed to be sheep.

“To my right, almost on the horizon, I thought I could see the square tower of a church.

“It was a fine feeling indeed to be standing up there like that, with the sound of summer all around one and a light breeze on one’s face.

“Now I am quite prepared to believe that other countries can offer more obviously spectacular scenery. Indeed, I have seen in encyclopedias and the National Geographic Magazine breath-taking photographs of sights from various corners of the globe; magnificent canyons and waterfalls, raggedly beautiful mountains.

“It has never, of course, been my privilege to have seen such things at first hand, but I will nevertheless hazard this with some confidence: the English landscape at its finest — such as I saw this morning — possesses a quality that the landscapes of other nations, however more superficially dramatic, inevitably fail to posses.

“It is, I believe, a quality that will mark out the English landscape to any objective observer as the most deeply satisfying in the world, and this quality is probably best summed up by the term ‘greatness’.

“For it is true, when I stood on that high ledge this morning and viewed the land before me, I distinctly felt that rare, yet unmistakable feeling — the feeling that one is in the presence of greatness.

“We call this land of ours GREAT Britain, and there may be those who believe this a somewhat immodest practice. Yet I would venture that the landscape of our country alone would satisfy this lofty adjective.”


For more photography by Mona, go to the Lancashire photo album at Mona’s Musings on Facebook.

Hint of Romance

Contrary to passionate thought, the most romantic moments are the most peaceful moments.

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  1. Sara Lyn says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! Your pictures are convincing me that it is IMPERATIVE that Morgan and I get back there!!!!!! :)

  2. Sara Lyn says:

    Oh, and I love your hint of romance. Some of my favorite moments are when we’re talking quietly in bed right before sleep. That’s where we really build our relationship, I think.

  3. Heidi says:

    Such a lovely place!

  4. Bri Z says:

    amen. Beautiful

  5. maritza ardila- perez says:

    Yes. Beautiful place!

  6. Kris says:

    Oh, yes, I remember Lancashire as absolutely gorgeous. I have been missing England even more than usual for the last few weeks. I can’t wait to take Toby there someday. Maybe Dale can keep an eye out for computer-y jobs for my hubby? :-)

  7. Harrison says:

    WOW! Really amazing. This compares favorably to our recent outing to Smith Rock (just north of Bend, OR). The marvel and wonder of this earth: greatness begins the description…

  8. Amanda says:

    It’s so green! I would be in heaven surrounded by all that luscious green countryside.

  9. So beautiful, I could stare at these pictures all day. Trying to imagine how the grass smells, how the air feels, a sensory delight to the imagination! Thank you for posting these wonderful sights!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Only in my dreams! Gorgeous with a capital G!!

  11. Peggy Bird says:

    There is a delightful lady who recently moved from our ward, Sheila Packard, who was born
    Lancashire. she liked to say “Lancashire born Lancashire bred strong in arm thick in head” She is a real pistol. I enjoy your European adventure and your sharing of it!! Miss you!

  12. Beautiful, Mona, I’m green with envy. Enjoy every last second in England!!

  13. Ellenor Abeln says:

    Dear Mona: I can say all is beutiful. Bu the way you write desciptions is the most interresting. You think of God’s creations, and the beauty he gave us to enjoy. i than Him for that.Through you God has given us a chance to see things we never would have seen. It is wonderful. May God Bless you.
    Lots of Hugs, Love, and Prayers, Aunt Ellenor

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