I’ve never been very patriotic about England – I’ve always thought I was born in the wrong country, always craving the sun and my next trip away…But there is a certain beauty about my own country that I think I’ve always somehow missed.
The windy roads and the green countryside, the heavy coins, and the red post-boxes. The misty grey winter mornings and the rare muggy summer afternoons. The sheep outside my window and the old castle ruins in town. Proper english pubs with hearty meals and sturdy pints. Quaint country tearooms with english breakfast tea and scones. Great quality British television and the unrivalled British sense of humour.
“We may be a small country, but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.” (Hugh Grant speaking as prime minister in Love Actually) – that, and my addition – the universal agreement that a good cuppa solves any problem.