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So here I sit. At the dining room table at my mom's house in Irlam, England. I can see blue sky and the occasional whispy cloud. A spectacular morning by all accounts because in this part of the world it's usually raining and quite dreary.

Touch wood! It hasn't rained yet. We've had three lovely (although short) days of sunshine. Being further north than our native Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the days are shorter and the nights much longer. Yay for catching up on sleep. Besides the lovely sunshine, it's been warmer than the weather I left behind in New Jersey on Monday evening. Another boon right there.

We are spending Christmas and New Year with my parents and I have to say, it just doesn't get any better than this (even if it did rain). It's home for the holidays. It's nice to be looked after for a change.

We pigged out on a traditional English Christmas dinner yesterday, complete with roast turkey, sage and sausage stuffing, roast potatoes, cauliflower, gravy and other scrumptuous sides. We finished off with homemade trifle, minus the sherry, because the kids were eating it too. The kids were thrilled with the loot left for them by Father Christmas.

Today we are going to walk along the canal and feed the ducks. Aah! I'm certainly enjoying my holidays.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all.

Ps. Bella, I miss you.


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Dec. 28th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
They are certainly happier for me around family.
Dec. 27th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
I didn't know Bella could read - whosacleverdoggie?

I'm so glad you're enjoying your visit. Have you had lamb and chicken curry yet? Gem squash? Fish and chips? Are you still "for Bath?" Enquiring minds want to know!
Dec. 27th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
P.S. - I miss you. So there.
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
Miss you too!
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
Bella is SUPER smart!

I have had very yummy lamb curry. The local supermarket doesn't have gem squash in stock, but the quest continues. I have been pigging out on pork pies, chocolates and Battenberg cake.

Bath has been put on hold until next we visit in the summer. It's a 8 hour round trip by car (not shorter by train). We went to Liverpool instead - great day! Tomorrow, Paul and I abandon the kids with my parents for our "second honeymoon" in London - two days, one night. I have plans to go to the Tower of London, the London Eye, boat ride down/up the Thames and the British museum.

Renee says hi.

Twilight finished. On to the next book. This reply is beginning to read like a telegram. Have to run, off to do some last minute birthday shopping for my mom's 60th.

See you soon!
Dec. 28th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Eclipse finished, on to Breaking Dawn? Do you have Breaking Dawn over there, or are you waiting until you come home? It's ginormous, so try not to carry it - it will put you over on luggage weight!

I hope you find gem squash. And that the Liverpudlians were nice to you (I love that word, Liverpudlians, even if I'm not entirely certain of its spelling.)

Ooh - the British Museum. *envious*
Dec. 28th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Family Christmas
You know you are a writer when you write habitually, even on holidays! Glad to hear you had a good Xmas. My turn being home next year!!
I gave my paintings as presents this year...is that a step forward? I don't know but I think so!!!

My love to Paul, Michael and Simon and please remember me to your parents.Enjoy being a child in a household again!
jennie......and by virtue of relativity, Charles, Lucien and Julius!
Feb. 5th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Family Christmas
Happy New Year!

Thanks for the original Jennie De Groot Christmas card. Lovely artwork.

Give the boys a hug from Auntie Ang. You can pass a hug along to Charles too.
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