I have been ordered to sit down and write about my summer. I believe mom’s exact words were, “Tell our readers how a 13 year old Nebraska farm girl brainiac spends her summer.” So here it goes.
I went to the UK with my Grandma in June. We spent five days in London. While we were there, we visited Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and the Greenwich Observatory, where the Prime Meridian is located!
I loved seeing the crown jewels and the burial place of Anne Boleyn and Kathryn Howard at the Tower. (I’m a history nerd!) Then we spent a day at Hampton Court Palace, a favorite castle of Henry VIII.
After that my grandma and I went to Salisbury and saw Stonehenge and Old Sarum, the village that was a predecessor to Salisbury. We also went to Salisbury Cathedral, which was built in just 30 years and houses a copy of the Magna Carta. My grandma was really excited to see trout in the river Avon!
My favorite part of our visit to Canterbury was punting on the river Stour. We also went to the Cathedral and saw a lot of pretty stained glass. I loved going to Dover and walking on the white cliffs. I made my Grandma walk all the way down to the beach on the Channel and then back up!
This summer I also participated on swim team with my family. This year at Championships, the Gothenburg ~ Cozad team won, and I got first in the 100m freestyle!
This is my second summer running for the Cozad Cross Country 200 mile club. Last year I ran 250 miles over the summer. My mom didn’t let me run while I was in the UK, so I had to increase my daily mileage when I got back. I hope I will make 200. Right now I am at 151.
Stonehenge: Whispers of the Past is a poem inspired by my trip to England.
Footsteps travel through ancient hills
With precision and ceremony that induce chills
Watching the sun rise behind pillars of rock
Set there by magic that has been wrought
We now speculate with science and math
What went down on that old path
How did they lift those pillars of glory
And what role did they play at England’s history
I have put two other new poems on my page, so check it out! Hope you enjoy and have a great rest of the summer!