Fingers crossed

My bags are packed and soon – I hope – I will be enjoying the enormous canvas of the English sky

And the golden sight of the rolling Sussex Downs.

My optimism is tinged with a little fear as a volcano in Iceland has inconveniently erupted

And may cause chaos and cancelled flights.

And that would be a bitter disappointment because family awaits in England

Including a sister I haven’t seen in four years.

So, fingers crossed we achieve lift off in order to enjoy

The joys of family, a country where the chimneys, like the people, are eccentric –

And who knows? We might even enjoy a little rain.

After all, this is England we’re talking about!

For more eccentric skies, please visit: Skywatch!

I have a couple of posts scheduled for you to enjoy while I’m away. But do forgive me in advance for not visiting you all in the next week.

85 responses

  1. Oh, the first image is absolutely breathtaking, makes me want to be there right now…
    Enjoy your stay in England, it is always good to go back home.;)
    xoxo

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    May 26, 2011 at 12:00

  2. Have a great time!

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    May 26, 2011 at 12:26

  3. Great shots! Wonderful sky in the first one!
    Hope your the volcano cloud will keep away from your path! I’ll keep my fingers crossed;o)
    Have a nice and happy day;o)

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    May 26, 2011 at 12:35

  4. I like that chimney! It has a lot of character.

    Hope the volcano doesn’t cause you any problems!

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    May 26, 2011 at 12:43

  5. nice…have fun on your trip…have yet to go but would totally love to…the skies seem to stretch further and further in that fist pic…

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    May 26, 2011 at 12:46

  6. Riet

    I hope you are in England by now. WE all heard aboud the ash clouds. Have a wonderful time

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    May 26, 2011 at 13:13

    • Not there yet… Flight due to take off tomorrow, I hope.

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      May 26, 2011 at 13:15

  7. that first shot is absolutely stunning! now, you have me yearning to go there as well (hubby is always missing it!) it’s already been three years since we’ve visited. enjoy and take loads of pictures. hope your travels go uninterrupted!

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    May 26, 2011 at 13:41

  8. Four years is a long time to not see a sister. Too long! I do hope your trip happens as scheduled. Enjoy!

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    May 26, 2011 at 14:54

  9. Wonderful shots! I have a penchant for English chimneys too. Weather report from England today: very windy and rainy with some bright spells, but should be drier tomorrow!

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    May 26, 2011 at 15:04

  10. Hope you have a lovely time! I’d love to take a trip to England. Alas, I can’t even take a blog vacation there as I don’t have any pictures to post (since I’ve never been! :)) but these are great and looking forward to more!

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    May 26, 2011 at 15:21

  11. Ha ha… It rained a lot this morning!
    The wind was so strong. 🙂

    I’m sure you’ll get to meet Mr Rain and Ms Wind. 😉

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    May 26, 2011 at 15:32

  12. Bon voyage! We have had beautiful weather recently but it’s just changed . . . wet, windy and thundery!

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    May 26, 2011 at 16:10

  13. ~~I adore England. My hubby is from Liverpool. I can never get enough of the Brits.
    Have Fun, Lady Fi. Can’t wait to see your photos. 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 16:36

  14. I hope all goes well and your flights don’t get cancelled. Love your chimneys 😉

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    May 26, 2011 at 16:38

  15. I do hope you caught your plane and that you are visiting with your family right now! Some things we just can´t foresee, right?

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    May 26, 2011 at 16:47

  16. too late for that May challenge, but I love the artwork on the badge.

    Travel safe!

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    May 26, 2011 at 16:53

  17. MT

    How lovely! Have fun!!
    Looks like the volcano is calming down… Hopefully it will be kind because I also plan to travel a bit 😉 Haven’t booked anything yet though, but I’m thinking… Rome… Paris… London… or some place new.

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    May 26, 2011 at 17:31

  18. Eccentrics in rain, lol, gee thanks,lol.
    Welcome to the UK, I’m sure your flight will be ok.

    Altho, we have had rain today, with a little wind.

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    May 26, 2011 at 18:08

    • Imac – I*m a Brit myself so can call us eccentrics!

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      May 26, 2011 at 20:33

  19. Lady Fi wishing you a wonderful and happy time with family and England. Soak it all in, rain included.

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    May 26, 2011 at 18:55

  20. Ah, I wish you a wonderful trip and flight. I was suppose to see my sister at xmas and her flight was canceled for another volcano. your photos are lovely.

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    May 26, 2011 at 19:04

  21. Not just rain, but buffeting winds as well! Still, they’ll drive the ash cloud away to permit you to land..

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    May 26, 2011 at 19:04

  22. I hope the volcano won’t keep you from making your flight as scheduled. The pictures in this post are beautiful (I really like the chimney tops), but I hope you’ll get many more to share with us.
    I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip.

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    May 26, 2011 at 19:48

  23. I do hope you have a wonderful time visiting with family. I love the last picture. It even makes rain look pretty.

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    May 26, 2011 at 20:09

  24. Hope your travel plans go well and provide lots of photo opportunities

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    May 26, 2011 at 20:54

  25. I hope your flight takes (took?) off as scheduled! Have fun! Love that chimney – reminds me of Mary Poppins, one of my favorite movies!!

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    May 26, 2011 at 21:16

  26. I hope your trip can go forward as planned. These are all wonderful photographs.

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    May 26, 2011 at 21:17

  27. I thought you were back in England last year, but perhaps you have several sisters? I cannot believe the volcanic eruptions. That worried me when I flew to Europe last year. Good luck and have a wonderful time with your family.

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    May 26, 2011 at 21:34

    • I go back to the UK every year. One sister lives there but the other one lives in Australia.

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      May 27, 2011 at 06:58

  28. lilalia

    Safe and pleasant journey! My thoughts are with you.

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    May 26, 2011 at 21:45

  29. Mio

    Great shots!
    I hope you get to England as planned,
    have a wonderful time with your family!

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    May 26, 2011 at 22:08

  30. Have a great trip, I heard today (from Sweden) that the ash cloud is not as bad anymore, so off you go, and have a great time!!
    Jesh from FB

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    May 26, 2011 at 22:08

  31. The best Skywatch photos so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May 26, 2011 at 22:25

  32. Have a wonderful time in England!!! Bring back lot’s of your beautiful photos!!!

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    May 26, 2011 at 22:25

  33. Have a wonderful holiday in good old England! Have a safe journey and come back in one piece!

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    May 26, 2011 at 22:28

  34. Have a wonderful holiday! 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 22:54

  35. Have a fantastic trip!
    Loved all the pictures!

    Margie 🙂

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    May 26, 2011 at 23:23

  36. No good coming here hoping for rain:
    You’d better bring it with you.

    Hope you will enjoy your stay.

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    May 26, 2011 at 23:59

  37. cloudia

    can’t WAIT to see more shots like those!

    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral

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    May 27, 2011 at 00:09

  38. Lovely!

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    May 27, 2011 at 00:34

  39. What a wonderful post.
    I will keep my fingers crossed for you. As far as I know the problems with the ash cloud are over already.
    Have a good trip and enjoy your holidays.

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    May 27, 2011 at 01:34

  40. Safe trip sheltered under those vast skies, Fi! Enjoy your time with Family.

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    May 27, 2011 at 01:43

  41. Oh AMAZING> What incredible captures you have here. I hope your time is wonderful….be safe- and come back and share your adventure!

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    May 27, 2011 at 02:10

  42. Crossing my fingers for you!

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    May 27, 2011 at 02:41

  43. Crossing my fingers for your too!!!

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    May 27, 2011 at 03:00

  44. brilliant images!!
    and heres wishing you have a super time meeting up!

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    May 27, 2011 at 03:22

  45. I hope Iceland behaves so you can make your journey! Enjoy! Thanks for these beautiful photos.

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    May 27, 2011 at 03:29

  46. cherry blossom

    Ah English sky! I am so jealous!
    Safe travels! 🙂

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    May 27, 2011 at 03:30

  47. You are forgiven in advance!! And happy and safe travels, I pray that there is no delay.

    Have a wonderful time!!!!!

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    May 27, 2011 at 03:59

  48. Jen

    Have a wonderful time, good to see family and friends.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    May 27, 2011 at 04:13

  49. Such beautiful photos in anticipation of a wonderful trip! Enjoy!

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    May 27, 2011 at 04:15

  50. Wonderful images. Have a lovely trip!

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    May 27, 2011 at 05:38

  51. nice sky shots
    happy SWF

    Skywatch

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    May 27, 2011 at 07:03

  52. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you and hope you are able to make your trip and be able to see your sister! Beautiful captures as always!

    Sylvia

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    May 27, 2011 at 07:05

  53. wow! nice one for skywatch… Have a great weekend! Hoping you can visit my skywatch entry.

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    May 27, 2011 at 07:24

  54. Yes, the Icelandic volcano is making air travel dicey once again.

    «Louis» hopes you are able to travel as planned!

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    May 27, 2011 at 07:38

  55. Beautiful photos!! Love the landscape on the first! I would like to visit England on time.

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    May 27, 2011 at 07:49

  56. i love the chimney and the rain. i’m sure there’d would rain in England.:p wishing you a worry-free journey!

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    May 27, 2011 at 08:20

  57. I love England and I have reason for…

    I like the header of your blog and the photo of chamney…
    good remembrances, Fiona.
    have a nice day

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    May 27, 2011 at 08:42

  58. chimney

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    May 27, 2011 at 08:42

  59. beautiful skywatch photos
    like the one with the chimney, beautiful composed and wonderful sky and colors

    have a nice weekend, Bram

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    May 27, 2011 at 09:12

  60. Wonderful shots. The last shot is great.

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    May 27, 2011 at 11:25

  61. I love the light tones, Nice frame. A wonderful sky with a beautiful green landscape.

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    May 27, 2011 at 11:45

  62. Wishing you successful and safe travels, and a wonderful visit. Hope you packed your umbrella for those rainy British skies!

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    May 27, 2011 at 12:55

  63. Lovely sky and a cute chimneys

    My Chimney blog

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    May 27, 2011 at 14:22

  64. Amy

    Great photos Fi, especially liked the rain photo at the end! I hope to visit England someday, it is on my list of places to visit!! Via fb I hear you are on your way as scheduled- enjoy your family and jolly ol´England my friend!!

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    May 27, 2011 at 15:41

  65. Lovely post–all the pictures are beautiful. Hope you make it to England and have an absolutely fantastic time. Take care. Mickie 😉

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    May 27, 2011 at 15:42

  66. Enjoy your Europe tour! Have a great vacation with your family.

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    May 27, 2011 at 16:16

  67. Thanks for your comment of compliment and appreciation of my peony photographs.

    Enjoy your trip to the good old UK, heading there for a few days ourselves soon for a wedding so hoping for sun rather than rain.

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    May 27, 2011 at 17:06

  68. Forgiven you are my dear!! Hope you have a wonderful trip, and enjoy to the MAX your family!! I will be looking forward to all those photos you will be posting soon!!
    Hugs, hugs, hugs!!

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    May 27, 2011 at 19:58

  69. I hope your trip is wonderful. Your photos certainly are. I love the towering clouds in the first one, and the chimney pots in the second.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    May 27, 2011 at 21:31

  70. Great pictures for SWF. Nr 1 is so beautiful!

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    May 27, 2011 at 22:28

  71. Beautiful english countryside.
    I feel glad to be right in it.
    Enjoy your time away.
    And great shots

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    May 28, 2011 at 00:24

  72. Al

    Beautiful photos – that first one is so peaceful. Good luck getting to England, and enjoy the rain!

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    May 28, 2011 at 01:27

  73. Wow. I would love to step into these like Mary and Bert in Mary Poppins!

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    May 28, 2011 at 04:54

  74. your photos are glorious, as usual. I especially love that last…
    you manage to take the ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary and that simply awes me. Bon voyage, I hope you have the time of your life.

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    May 28, 2011 at 04:54

  75. Beautiful sky and a peaceful landcape. We played with those curly dandelion stems when I was a child:)

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    May 28, 2011 at 07:38

  76. MaggieMay

    Love that wet look but the last thing we need here is more rain! (Except the farmers, that is.)
    You take great photos and the one of the fire in the last post was truly amazing.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    May 28, 2011 at 11:41

  77. Well I am reading this just AFTER I read the comment about your waking up in England next to a very fat cat, so I can say “YEAH FOR FI!! YOU MADE IT!!”

    A volcano is no match for the likes of Lady Fi! 🙂 Enjoy your time!!!

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    May 28, 2011 at 11:53

  78. JM

    Love the way you composed the top shot. The golden greens are awesome!

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    May 30, 2011 at 15:09

  79. omg, those pictures are simply stunning!

    what a feast for the eyes!

    loving your photography.

    betty

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    June 2, 2011 at 07:29

  80. I see we meet again at Jilsy’s, lol!!

    I love this post… well, you know I love ALL your work!!

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    June 2, 2011 at 15:04

  81. I hope you enjoyed your trip. My husband is from Manchester and North Wales. I don’t think I have ever visited without some wind and rain. We are both looking forward to our next trip back across the pond.

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    June 4, 2011 at 20:53

  82. oh, how I have missed you.
    geez.

    life just grabbed me and hasn’t let go until just now…

    sigh.

    well kids grabbed me really 🙂

    what a gift to be able to sit and look and soak and be inspired here with all of your words and photos and beauty seeking heart spilling over for us.

    thank you.

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    June 5, 2011 at 01:33

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