Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tomorrow is Another Day

It was nice to have a less busy day on Thursday and we all enjoyed sleeping a little later (well, the kids, A LOT later). Daughter2 met another highschool friend in town for lunch then afterwards walked to the coffee shop to catch up with her former Young Life leader. It’s so great to still have that connection.

Daughter1 and boyfriend ventured out with the pup for a walk. One of our local footpaths crosses a wide open horse pasture and goes into and around an estate known as The Bulstrode.

The Bulstrode was the original house in this area but now is home to an organization called WEC which is a mission for world evangelism. Missionaries and their families live in the house, now converted to flats. The property is beautiful and the gardens are magnificent. Spring is just beginning here but my husband and I love to walk around this property when everything is in full bloom.

Dixie was happy to get out for a run and she performed all her circus tricks for the boyfriend. She’s a funny dog. We like to say for every one mile we walk she walks five. After their walk she collapsed into her favourite chair and they went to see Slumdog Millionaire which they both loved.

After a restful day on Thursday we were ready to hit the city again yesterday. By coincidence a highschool friend of daughter1’s who is in uni in Cardiff happened to be in London for an interview so we met her for an early lunch. Her mom is one of my best friends and her parents moved to Canada a couple of years ago so it was fun to catch up. After lunch daughter2 and I hit our favourite shopping area...Covent Garden.

I’ve spent a lot of time in Covent Garden this week. There are wonderful shops along with a covered market and street entertainers so it never gets old. Plus, daughter2 is such a character...I could listen to her talk all day-and sometimes have! What can I say...she loves to talk : ) Like mother, like daughter.

Daughter1 took her boyfriend to one of the absolute best places to go when in London-The Borough Market. It is located under London Bridge and is a huge fresh food market. You basically can just nibble your way through tasting everything from cheese to olives, raclette to oysters, French pastries, Spanish ham, chorizo, all varieties of produce, seafood, meats and on and on it goes. The market is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and it’s packed on Saturdays. Boyfriend loved it and brought us home some parmesan cheese and our favourite Italian olives.

I cooked a big spaghetti dinner last night and I must tell you that my favourite thing about cooking a spaghetti dinner here are the dishes I get to pull out for serving. One day soon I am going to write a post about the love affair I’ve had since moving overseas with the country that is Italy. Italy is my happy place. I especially love Italian pottery and I think it makes a simple spaghetti dinner look so delicious.

We’re off to the Dorset coast today…one of the most beautiful spots in all of England. It will be a lovely family day and a nice way to spend the last day of Spring Break. My girls and the boyfriend return to school on Sunday. I’m gonna be like Scarlett though and think about that another day.


  1. What fun you all are having!! I loved the pictures. I'm like you. I don't want to think about all my girls, my son-in-law and my sister going back home on Sunday. I will be sad! Don't you just love beautiful china? Your spaghetti dinner looked yummy! Enjoy your last day with everyone. Just think, you will be coming back to the states soon!
    Love & blessings from NC!

  2. What a fun day!! And of course at this very moment my chef husband is following your link to Borough Market. I'm sure it's on his list of sights to see when he's in the UK next month. ;)

    He asks which Tube stop it is.

    And I'm so happy for you and daughters that they can come for a short spring break trip to see you!

  3. Love the tour! I lived in England when I was a little one and my two sisters were born there in 1960 & 1962 so I don't remember much. My dad was in the Air Force. I agree with you the spaghetti does look so much better on your beautiful plates. Thanks for stopping by my blog recently. Enjoyed yours too. Connie