Enjoying the English Countryside

// June 1st, 2009 // Photos

I spent the weekend in Blackburn, which is about 300-odd miles north of London. I was there for my cousin's wedding, on my father's side, but ended up being person-napped by my cousins on my mother's side for a outdoor birthday party at a picnic site in the country. As you can tell, I have a lot of family 'up North'.

The weather was gorgeous, māshā’Allāh… just perfect for a BBQ.

Smokin'

Chops on the BBQ Birthday BBQ Cake Cute Baby Tee

After lunch, we took a leisurely walk in the woods and fields surrounding the picnic area.

Walk in the Woods

Bleached Buttercups In the Spooky Woods In the Woods Grrrass Breathtaking Cows From A Distance Cows Up Close Cows! Sheep!

These were the shoes I was wearing during our little Nature walk… not good for wading through patches of mud. Alhamdulillah, I survived, unscathed.

My Chappals

A nice shot I managed to capture from the car on the way home. Click here to see a larger version.

Show Me the Way to Go Home

My parents and I used to travel to Blackburn at least once a year, back when we were living in Leicester. However, moving to London added another 150 miles to the car journey. That, together with my studies, meant that in the last ten years we've only bothered to drive up there for two important family occasions: deaths & marriages.

Upon leaving the wedding house yesterday evening, we exchanged the usual pleasantries with our hosts, not-so-subtly acknowledging the fact that only another wedding would likely reunite us in the near future.

inshā’Allāh, it'll be your turn next, Mehzabeen!”, my aunty chirped in Gujarati, as I put on my shoes. Luckily I was looking down at the time, so she didn't notice the eyes rolling in my head.

Oh well. At least they'll be the ones making the six hundred mile round-trip next time, if she's correct.

9 Responses to “Enjoying the English Countryside”

  1. Specs says:

    Ohh, such awesome countryside! SubhanAllah!

    LOL@ your last sentence. Welcome to the club ;)

  2. hfm says:

    Omygosh, I love the up North trip we have every wedding&funeral time, obviously the trip’s more subdued at funeral times but it’s always great seeing family.

    For me, it’s Bolton though- we have cousins in Blackburn too but Bolton’s the hub/HQ for all my cousins.
    :)

  3. Manas Shaikh says:

    300 miles? isn’t there a sea on every side of london, if you go that far? or did you actually go east? :P

  4. iMuslim says:

    Three hundred miles east would be France, dear brother. I think.

  5. Manas Shaikh says:

    That’s what I meant, my sister.

  6. AnonyMouse says:

    Oooh, fun… it’s good to have cousins that you actually like and can stand being around :p
    And masha’Allah, the scenery seems lovely – actually, quite similar to my area! I gotta take a few pics of it all and share :)

  7. Yusuf Smith says:

    300 miles east of London would be Holland or even Germany. France is south.

  8. iMuslim says:

    Mouse… please do share!

    Yusuf… Good thing I added: “I think”. :)

    Rissa… Indeed. Nothing like the countryside in Summer, masha’Allah.

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