Thought it was time for another blog update, but there is not a lot new to report. We’ve done a bit of tootling round; went to London one day for Mostyn to see a voice specialist. It’s such an easy trip on the train. It was quite a chilly day especially walking across London Bridge that spans the Thames River. We hadn’t been to St. Paul’s Cathedral, so we walked over there after his appointment and caught the tale end of a Lenten service. We likely would not have been able to get in at all if they weren’t worshiping, so we were grateful that it is still faithfully being used for services.
Last weekend we made a day trip to Winchester by car. Rainy and gray, but lunch with new friends, a visit to a water mill that grinds wheat, and finding a high end clock shop just adjacent to the large cathedral, made for lovely day despite the weather.
We went to London yesterday for a tour of a clock exhibition at the Science Museum and to look for some other fun and interesting things to do.
Then in 2 weeks Mostyn is going to Paris with all the students from West Dean and I will go to Reading to visit his sister Nancy and husband Peter. The end of the month we are headed to Vienna to visit his brother, Norm and family and in April we will be in Spain to see his nephew and family and soak up some sun. Needless to say we are not lacking in adventure! Of course the event we are most looking forward to is the visit in May of all our kids and grand kids. They will be here for 3 weeks and we will cherish every single second!
Several have wondered if we will adopt a British accent while here. It is not likely, as we get so many compliments on ‘our accent’. What you will probably hear however, is some strange new words that we have learned to use. Here is a narrative to include some of these terms to warn you of possible changes in our speech:
When one is driving on the dual carriageway(freeway) the lorries (trucks) are often seen in the lay by’s (rest areas) or at the petrol (gas) stations, unless of course they are trying to access the high street (main road where all shops are) or a car park (parking lot) in the city. They may even be parked partly on the pavement (side walk) to unload and still leave room for other cars to pass.
If you become ill you’ll need to ring up (phone) the surgery (Dr.) who may need to send you to Boots (drugstore) for the chemist (pharmacist) to prescribe tablets (pills) for you. While there you may need to buy some plasters (band aids) or nappies (diapers).
While in town on the high street you can shop for trainers (tennis shoes), a new jumper (sweater), wellies (rain boots), or add a new brolly (umbrella) to your kit (all you need to complete an outfit). You’ll need pounds or quids (money) and will probably have to stand in a queue (line). The checker who may have a fringe (bangs in her hair), will greet you with hiya (hello) and may be gobsmacked (surprised) to hear you speak. You may need use the lift (elevator) to the loo (restroom) which is often found upstairs.
It is summat (somewhat) of a puzzle at times finding the small take-aways (fast food) unless you the know the twittens (short-cuts) and are not too knackered (tired) to walk to the chippie (fish and chip take away) for dinner. You could instead walk to the pub (bar) for a pint (glass of beer) or tea (light dinner) where you may order a variety of dishes including gammon (ham) and bangers (sausages) and followed by a pudding (dessert) or a biscuit (cookie).
When your diary (calendar) is full and you have finished hoovering (vacuuming), done the washing up (washing dishes), and emptied the bin (trash), you can take a holiday (vacation) to relax and rest up. But be sure to take your torch (flashlight) as not all holiday lets (vacation rentals) tick all the boxes (have everything you want or need).
When we return and you hear us use some of these strange words, just be patient with us, we will revert to ‘American’ eventually. However it is very likely that we will be traveling back to Britain again. This is not a one off (one time only) trip and we hope to return, as we rather like here!!:)
Spring is literally just around the corner and bulbs are bursting out all over the place in small clumps and large expanses in the fields. The sheep are beginning to lamb and you can feel the warmth of the sun when it actually shines. All of this we welcome as the long dark cold winter days are getting a bit old.
I believe you change to Daylight Saving Time this weekend. We however have to wait till the end of the month. So for a few weeks we will only be 7 hours ahead of you, then we will return to being 8 hours ahead when we change our clocks here. Oh and Mother’s Day here is this month; some tradition from a previous era where servants were given this one Sunday off to be with their families, that has something to do with Lent??
Many differences, but many likenesses too. We have been so welcomed here and on Sunday we got ‘fought over’ by two families at church who both wanted us to come over that day. We ended up at both houses!
So that’s it for now. We are well and doing great.