Today’s choice of wallpaper is another shot from last year’s summer holiday in North Wales. As I’m writing this, I’m feeling doubly whistful; partly because I’m not yet able to go on walks like this, and partly because it makes me miss my childhood.
As a child growing up in South Yorkshire, my favourite family trips were always days out in the Peak District around Hathersage and Castleton, and after graduating I originally planned to move out into the Peak District within a few years. Life however never works out the way you hope, and with no work up North I was forced to move down to Southern England, where I’ve lived and worked ever since.
Walking in the hills and mountains of North Wales reminds me of the Peak District in a way that South Wales doesn’t. I don’t really know why; maybe it’s that South Wales never feels very remote, with Merthyr, Swansea and Cardiff never far away. I don’t know.