Sunday, January 11, 2009

A visit from my mother Christmas 2008

I was lucky enough to have my mother for a visit over the Christmas holidays.
The following is a letter we both wrote to my grandparents;
My mother's;
Wow! I am back in the public library and this time I have a library card of my own " to use whenever I visit."the librarian says. I am very busy with or without Sarah who has been very attentive. Over the weekend Belen,Sarah and I travelled on a double decker bus to a fabulous market which you would have loved Celie, with cheeses, sausage,pastries to eat or just sample. Friday night we went to a delicious Spanish Tapas restaurant, Sunday we went to another fair then to a museum of photography which was very interesting. You should have seen the picture of Bush and all the cabinet members when they were young ie before the war.
We then met Stephanie who was on Sarah's swim team [they reconnected in England]. We had a drink at the Brown and then went to a lovely area with little shops and houses which were all row house but these were definitely upscale. By this time it was dark and we had to kill time before going to a great vegetarian restaurant. Of course this is getting off and on buses and the tube. Sunday, Belen who has a pedometer on her cell commented that we walked over 10,000 feet that day.
Today I talked to Vera but we will not be able to meet due to conflicts. I then went to the Victoria/Albert Museum and then to Harrod's. I stopped for a latte and people watching along the way.
Well I'd better go.
Can you imagine the tube nor the buses run on Christmas Day. The workers must find another way to get to work as hospitals etc still need workers
I may not talk with you again till Sunday.
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Mine;
Hi All,
It's a shame I can't spend more time with my mom, but I have off for a week between Christmas and New Years so I am looking forward to that.
Just for the record, it was Borough market, at London Bridge where we had really nice fresh oysters (Belen's first time trying and she loved them) and we went to the National Portrait gallery to see the Annie Lebowitz exhibit and to 'Brown's' and then to a lovely little area called Primrose Hill where all of the posh people live and where we were somewhat peeping toms looking at every one's christmas decor.

Tomorrow I get off early and hopefully we shall check out some cute little shops and go to a christmasy pub by my house....we are off to my lovely previous flatmate's family dinner Christmas day (even though it is Hanukkah for them) and then I am taking my mom to this beautiful garden place (Kew Gardens) on Boxing day...Dad, one of their many gardens holds the largest number of certain types of bamboo...and Saturday we will go see a play on Edith Piaf's life, a musical rather, and then Sunday we are off to Bath! Whew.

Needless to say I am keeping her busy and I am the one who wakes her up in the morning! The woman who swears by her six o clock wake up call has been rising at 8 or 9 in the morning over here in Jolly must be our dark winter, though we've had nice weather and no rain!

Best wishes and have a lovely Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Photos: On the bridge in Bath, flowers in the Kew Gardens, Ice skating in Kew, and my mother in Ottolenghi restaurant. So good!)

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