|Hello, I'm back! We've been in England visiting my in-laws, who live on this gorgeous stretch of the|
Thames River. This is the village where my husband grew up.
For provisions we headed to Wallingford (photo above), which hasn't changed much since medieval times. We easily found wellies (rubber boots) for my daughter but not a replacement headset for her iPod. I highly recommend the antique arcade and the Wallingford Bookshop. Agatha Christie lived outside this charming town. My mother-in-law, an occupational therapist, used to help care for her.
My daughter was amused to find a supermarket aisle devoted to tea and snapped this photo. I tasted a Cornish cheese called yarg, wrapped in nettles. I have a special interest in all thing Cornish since the young adult novel I'm revising is set in Cornwall.
|For "research" my husband and I had to visit the Catherine Wheel, a favorite pub in Goring-on-Thames.|
|Back in the day, food was cooked directly over the fire.|
|The hidden men's room.|
|Amos sings along to opera and pop.|
When we tired of the singing dog, we took the train to London. After watching a superb performance of
Gorky's Children of the Sun at the National Theatre, we admired the view from the Millenium Bridge.
The weather was damp and chilly,
but the sun came out for
my husband's birthday party.
The best part of our visit was
catching up with family
and old friends.
I met Sherry and Safia
during my junior year abroad in London.
If you live in the UK or Japan,
check out Safia's fair trade clothing company:
She's wearing one of her dresses
in hand woven fabric.
|England, I already miss you. Photo by my daughter.|