A relaxing time was had though it was a relief (for me) to return to London. I grew up in the English countryside and my memories of it are mixed. Ours was the only non-white family in the village and we suffered under other people's racism and ignorance. I still steel myself a little whenever I pass through "the country". Moreover, I found village life tedious and boring as a teenager - once I'd grown out of the desire to run wild through fields with my friends all day. As soon as I could, I escaped to the dynamic and multicultural city.
But these are my issues and experiences and not my daughter's, so I am happy and grateful that through my husband's family my little Londoner has the opportunity to experience a slice of country life.