A Few Holiday Snaps

It’s been a great time so far, except for the cold I managed to get this week.  Mostly over that.  Here are a few pictures of the country lodge we stayed at this week:

Back of the lodge

Back of the lodge

Here’s the front door:

See, it's "the lodge"

See, it’s “the lodge”

And finally a view from the top of the hill nearby:

View of the countryside.

View of the countryside.

We’ll be on the road soon and I’ll be back to writing next week with a post on either potatoes or weddings or possibly about hops and the adventure of the Hop Pocket.

Till next week,
Andrew

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Friday Wisdom – The Other Hand

but on the other hand,

you have different fingers.

More wisdom next week,

Andrew

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Wednesday Art Project – Mandala

Several years ago Heather did an art project for church that I helped with. It is two large mandala.  This is a  representation of the cycle of life.  Heather came up with the basic concept, did pencil drawings and sewed about half the panels.  Other folk at church did the other panels.  I and another guy built the wooden frames.  Each frame is three feet by three feet creating a nine by nine square.  With the two sides there are 18 frame and panels.

The left mandala.

The left mandala.

The right mandala.

The right mandala.

These two displays were rehung for the month of September.

 

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Think of England!

Well, we’re here in England, in a nice country hotel after stuffing ourselves with cheese and wine in the little restaurant downstairs. We’ve just been through two days of wedding celebrations for Heather’s sister.  I have to tell you these Brits know how to eat and don’t seem to stop.  Ever. 

After two days of what seemed like either eating or waiting to eat we decided that all we needed for dinner was a light snack or perhaps a small bowl of soup.  The hotel staff seemed a bit confused when we asked for something light.  Finally we suggested that some cheese and crackers would do. 

So they brought out the wine list and the desert menu.  I am still trying to figure out why cheese is on the desert menu, but we ended up with what we wanted – a bit of cheese and a few crackers (well very few crackers, I think it was five). The wine was a bonus and so was the cappuccino and the sorbet.

I was impressed that the waiter not only knew my accent was from America, but could narrow it down to California.  We did return the complement and correctly noted that the waiter was Italian, based on his accent.  No idea why an Italian waiter decided to work at a English country hotel.

That’s the first report from this green and pleasant land.  A full report on the wedding and our travels after I wake up from this weekend’s food coma.

Till next week,

Andrew

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