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Glenys's picture

London Report? (post #56904)

Awfully quiet across the pond isn't, or have I missed the excitement?

PeterDurand's picture

(post #56904, reply #1 of 77)

I was wondering the same thing.

Wanna get excited? :-)

 


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #56904, reply #2 of 77)

I would not mind getting excited too - is it restricted to Canadians?

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Jean's picture

(post #56904, reply #3 of 77)

It had better not be...:)





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PeterDurand's picture

(post #56904, reply #4 of 77)

The more the merrier!

 


Better life through Zoodles and poutine...

MadMom's picture

(post #56904, reply #5 of 77)

Excited?  Is Susan pregnant?



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Gretchen's picture

(post #56904, reply #6 of 77)

Rumormonger!!  ;o)

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56904, reply #7 of 77)

Ahem... I heard that!





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MadMom's picture

(post #56904, reply #9 of 77)

Oooops...I was just thinking about getting excited!



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56904, reply #10 of 77)

of course I can't speak for that silly b***, Susan -- may she labour under a misconception and bear a grudge!





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Jean's picture

(post #56904, reply #11 of 77)

ROFLMAO!!! You are pregnant with possibilities and quick on the delivery.



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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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MadMom's picture

(post #56904, reply #12 of 77)

Hmmm...now I have to choose between you and Peter's new bride?  Tough!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56904, reply #8 of 77)

...if I find any stray blonde hairs in the house, you had better have gotten a golden retriever in my absence...





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Glenys's picture

(post #56904, reply #13 of 77)

No one's asked me that in a while. Actually no one ever actually asked.

Glenys's picture

(post #56904, reply #14 of 77)

Well this is moving along well isn't it? Didn't think London would be so, so, stifling? Muffling? Guess we always have to send MadMom along if we want a blow by blow.

Jean's picture

(post #56904, reply #15 of 77)

I thought they had internet connection there, am I wrong?



Laughter is an instant vacation. Milton Berle



http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
roz's picture

(post #56904, reply #16 of 77)

They are having too good a time...eating, drinking, seeing the sights. They must be exhausted!

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evelyn's picture

(post #56904, reply #17 of 77)

Hello everyone from Ramsgate in the Garden of England. :-)


What can I say...I know...you couldn't ask for two more fabulous hosts than Ashley and Jen.  To say that they have gone out of their way would nowhere even begin to describe/define the trouble they've been to for us.  They have taken us everywhere.  Today was Canterbury and the Cliffs of Dover, with the lovely (longer for them) scenic route through quaint villages like Deal and Sandwich.


Jen is doing a typical British roast dinner for us.  Ashley has been dry-aging the beef in his fridge for days now and you would not believe the smells emanating from the kitchen!  Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, a selection of divine cheeses and berries in meringue shells are rounding out the menu, as far as I know.  Oh yes, and Ashley has brought up MANY bottles from his cellar.  Have I mentioned how happy we all are to be here? :-)


We will update you more when we all get to our respective homes, I expect.  I'm just so glad to be here, and so grateful to have made friends of these lovely people.  Astrid I'd met last year and knew about her quirky craziness.  Sandra's quiet dignity and Ann's audacious misbehaving (she really does sometimes!) have really been so uniquely character-defining.  There really, really are wonderful people attached to these names here and I am blown away to have met them!


Pictures to follow.  Ashley's been busy.  Off to see if my help is required anywhere. :-)


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Glenys's picture

(post #56904, reply #18 of 77)

Finally, we thought you were lost on the moors.  I'm envious that you're dining with Ashley and Jen; would kill for an invitation there. 


How's the shopping?  Done any?  Any cookware shops?  What cheeses?

evelyn's picture

(post #56904, reply #19 of 77)

we've bought chocolates and I got a salad spinner - this makes me really happy, btw.  Not sure of the cheeses yet, but I do know that Jen's favourite, Eposses (sp?) will be on the board. :-)

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes. (unknown)

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Englishmaid's picture

(post #56904, reply #20 of 77)

Hello Everyone,


Sorry not to have posted before but have had a really hectic weekend. I went up to town on Thursday evening and met up with all the CTers for a drink in their hotel and then on to supper at Ottolenghi. I was truly delighted to put faces to names at long last and what a lovely group of people thay are !! Unfortunately our weather has been fairly awful but I don't think that it was going to deter them from having the best of times . We now have a high over us for a few days so they'll get to see the lovely Kent countryside in sunshine. Ashley did a grand job of organising for all of us and it seems he's still on duty . May I wish them all good journeys back home and come and see us again very soon !! My love and best wishes Rhian x

evelyn's picture

(post #56904, reply #22 of 77)

Rhian, on behalf of both Astrid and myself (she's here reading posts with me), I just want to say how NICE it was to meet both you and James.  You're both really lovely people and we hope to be able to meet up with you both again in the future....Athens-fest, possibly?  Or, even Willmenrod-fest?

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes. (unknown)

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Englishmaid's picture

(post #56904, reply #24 of 77)

Athens is my next goal ! will definitely meet up, I'm working on the Autumn - just have to meet your babies and swim in warm blue water!! Now I have to get James to take some time off . Have a good trip home, hope it's less tiring that the journey over.  X Rhian

evelyn's picture

(post #56904, reply #25 of 77)

Dinner is over.  We are sated.  Oh yes.  Lots of wine.  Much too much food - all excellent.  What can I say?  The company was outstanding.  The night was practically balmy.  Sea gulls flying overhead (get me a shotgun).  Moon rising over chimney pots.  No bugs.  Getting progressively happier and happier as the night goes on.  Jen with a smile that just can't be wiped off.  Ann drinking far more than one would expect.  Astrid eating far more than one could imagine (for her size).  Sandra and I groaning and really trying to continue.  Ashley contentedly sipping yet another glass of wine and looking into the distance.


It's half ten.  The wine has performed its magic.  We're all off to bed.  Not all together (Jen just said that).  See you in the morning.  London/Ramsgate-fest has been beyond mere words, it'll stay with me forever.  Ann is dreading the thought of airplane food tomorrow.  Back to life...back to reality...


 



The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes. (unknown)


Edited 7/14/2008 5:41 pm by evelyn

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
ouzo's picture

(post #56904, reply #26 of 77)

Sounds lovely.  After so much planning and anticipation, I am glad to hear that all of you are having such a blissful time.  Be sure to toast the internet - without it you never would have met.

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AnnL's picture

(post #56904, reply #27 of 77)

G'morning all.  Just dropping in for a quick bit to say 'hi!.  These English keyboards are very annoying so I can't write much.  I spend more time backspacing than typing.


Anyway, this has been a lovely, lovely fest.  As a participant in several fests, this has definately been the BEST.  Ashley has been a most gracious host, not just here in Ramsgate, but also in London.  Jen joined us on Saturday for the 'feaure' restaurant dinner and she has also been very gracious, shuttling us around in the cars and allowing all of us to invade her house.  Ashley's dinner last night was a wonderful finale to a trip of wonderful meals. Fortunately, I've managed enough walking that I don't think I've gained too much.


And, don't believe a word of what anyone says.  I am not audacious and certainly never misbehave.  Just a timid, quiet woman.  And, I did NOT molest any dogs...ok, maybe I accosted their owners to allow me to pet their dogs, and perhaps grabbed a ball or two out of a dog's mouth at the beach yesterday morn, but only so I could throw it for the doggie.  They didn't mind, at all.  Really.  They were quite tolerant of this American visitor who misses all her critters. Although, I am quite enjoying getting up in the morning and only having to take care of myself!


And, yes, I stuck my feet in the English Channel.  :-)


Well, Jen needs to do some work, so I must give her her desk back and I suppose I have to go get packed up and ready to return to reality...and airplane food.  Bah. 


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

ashleyd's picture

(post #56904, reply #28 of 77)

A bit more detail (with the racy bits censored, of course). Although some had arrived earlier we all met up at the Islington Hilton where we were joined by Englishmaid (Rhian) and her husband Jim, a wonderful couple who fitted it right from the start, after "refreshment" in the bar we strolled along to Ottolenghi for a splendid meal, they discouraged photos so none here, but the food was a kind of Turkish/Mediterranean tapas, cold dishes and hot dishes. We ordered all the cold (and a few extra) and shared around, plus a hot each. Excellent food, some really original tastes, sat round a communal table and great fun. Back to the hotel to wind down.



From left to right Ann, Evelyn, Englishmaid, Astrid, Sandra


Friday morning some of us went to the V&A, others to the National Gallery and we all met up at Zaika (as recommended by Vij in Vancouver) with Sarah Jayne (introduced elsewhere), a delightful young American ex-pat, and we hope all goes well for her wedding this weekend. The food on the menu did not look exciting but on the plate was simply stunning, subtle spicing, great presentation, certainly the best Indian food I have ever tasted. The butter chicken had a real kick (possibly a little too much for some, but I thought it was divine). With the special offer lunch came to £15 ($30) each, all in, the bargain of the weekend. After lunch we drifted our various ways, dodging the showers, although a few of us went to the London branch of Whole Paycheck, and it was like its American parent very attractive but outrageously expensive.



In the evening those of us left standing went to see Pygmalion at the Old Vic, a fabulous production and a reminder of what a great writer Shaw was, just as relevant and funny today as it was when written.


To be continued....



Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.


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ashleyd's picture

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Saturday morning we set off for Borough Market to spend a couple of happy hours looking round the terrific produce on offer, certainly a great market and worthy of comparison with Pike Place in Seattle and the main market in Florence, although a little more "informal" than both. The only problem was because we didn't have fridges in the hotel rooms and there was some uncertainty about what could be carried on planes we didn't actually buy much, but sights, sounds and smells were definitely worth the trip.




Around lunchtime Ann, Sandra and I decamped for the London Eye leaving Astrid and Evelyn to carry on round the market. I've wanted to go on the Eye ever since it opened but I had to overcome my dislike, and occasional panic, of heights - as did Sandra. When we walked round the corner and saw this huge "Ferris wheel" in front of us my first thought was, "Can't do it". But I'd paid in advance and I'm naturally mean so I wasn't going to waste money. So we found ourselves rather further in the air than I'd like to be and were rewarded with spectacular views over London on the half hour "flight". I would like to say I was comfortable with it but in truth I was still a little jittery, but well worth it. A stroll across the river for lunch at Patisserie Valerie in Covent Garden before we went our various ways.




DW arrived in the late afternoon and in the early evening we gathered for a trip to our "showcase" restaurant, Morgan M. A little more difficult than we though getting black cabs but we did all arrive safely at Morgan's where we opted for the Summer tasting menu (http://www.morganm.com/menu_summer.htm), pretty much as printed except the rabbit was replaced by "black pig" and mullet by sea bass.


Every course was a delight and just the right size. Some of us had the wine flight, others the odd glass and one just had the water, but a super meal. Morgan himself came out to chat to us and asked us if there was anything we had particularly enjoyed and by the time we'd finished I think we'd listed everything we'd eaten. Possibly the only downside was the minicabs back, given that our hotel was only two miles away when we said "Hilton hotel" the driver said, "Is that the Hilton Park Lane?" and when we said, no the Hilton Islington he didn't know where it was!




to be continued...



Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.


Edited 7/15/2008 7:35 am by ashleyd

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

ashleyd's picture

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And just in case you want to know what the view from the Eye was like, here's an example.




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MadMom's picture

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Can anyone say "I'm jealous and green with envy!"  My only consoling thought is that it must be almost over and perhaps next time I can come.  It sounds like a fantastic time was had by all, and ashley, as usual, has been a wonerful host.  Thanks for the report and pictures.  Nice to put names and faces togther for those I don't know.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Adele's picture

(post #56904, reply #39 of 77)

What happy people!  It sounds like everyone is having a grand time.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!