Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
the night Peter Jones,
in Sloane Square,
prepared to unveil the
How many grapefruit spoons
does it take
to make a Crow?
Or Sewing Shears to make an Eagle?
Each animal is created using household products found
in the department store ………..
Arctic Hares, Owlets, Polar Bears and Penguins……
Turkeys made from Towels…..
Skunks made from Dusters and Scrub Brushes…….
…….an Arctic 'Hare' made from 'Hair' products!
But my favorite…….
…….the Great Brown Bear made from Leather goods,
Fur Rug, and Waste (Rubbish) Baskets!
HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Jeanne and Mercedes did a good job with the news and weather, and we all squeezed in for a group photo….
Next stop…. Tea and a Tour of Gracie Mansion,
Home to the Mayor of NYC
Mollie opened her beautiful apartment to the whole group for an afternoon
gathering. One of the highlights was watching the recorded Katie Couric Show
together, pausing and cheering every time the audience (us!) appeared!
Our last day started with another tour…
even though St. Patrick's Cathedral was encased with scaffolding
and the construction noise only reminded me of our flat in London,
it was worth seeing.
We made our way to the Sea Grill Restaurant in Rockefeller Center
a fabulous lunch of Crab Cakes, Key Lime Pie,
and a close-up view of the ice rink
with the world-famous Christmas Tree!
In the spirit of Christmas, the 4-day trip culminated with
the high kicks of the Rockettes …….
Cosmos and dinner at
Our AWC of London first reunion in NYC
was fantastic, jam packed with events, but the time we spent with
friends was precious. If there is something I have learned in all my
moves and travels,
it's that you have to be willing to work at staying close
with the people who have come in and out of your life and touched you in a special way.
I, for one, will be looking forward to the next
Thank you Jeanne!!!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
~ especially during the Christmas season!
The lights, the crowds, the noise,
and friends from London who have moved back
to cities all over the United States……
We had a BLAST!
Every time someone new arrived in the hotel lobby, there were squeals and hugs and Jeanne presented each of us with a hand-painted ornament as a prelude to the days ahead.
Our first day was filled with sightseeing……
a tour of Grand Central Station, a boat ride on the Zephyr Yacht, Lunch at Fraunee Tavern, a stroll through the Financial District, and a somber visit to Ground Zero.
That night we had reservations at the wildest restaurant, Rolf's (22nd & 3rd).
One of the reviews we read compared it to "being on the North Pole during an acid trip".
Was it expensive? Yes, but this is New York!
We loved it, the sauerkraut and potato pancakes were delicious,
and the decorations,
well check this out…..
Tuesday morning we had an early wake up call for the Katie Couric Show.
In line, we found out the guest of the day was singer-songwriter
Practically glowing in our bright colors,
we made up a song to "London Bridges" and performed on Katie's stage…
it will never be aired but it was fun!
An afternoon shopping trip through the Christmas Markets took us right up to
dinner and our show for the evening…..
The Carole King Musical
Whether it was meant to be
…. it was a sing-a-long for the London Ladies!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Welcome to Mrs. Granville's stylish country residence,
After buying Polesden Lacey in 1906 Mrs. Greville
transformed it in to the perfect setting to host her lavish parties.
In addition to the house we explored the gardens
where royalty golfed and society gossiped. We enjoyed breathtaking views
of the Surrey Hills on a crisp Autumn day!
All Royalties, it seemed were intimate friends with Mrs. Greville.
"She was so shrewd, so kind and so amusingly unkind, so sharp, so fun, so naughty!"
The Queen Mother
Another perfect day in the country!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
San Sebastian! How I love thee!
Tim was absolutely 'spot on' when he said this place has everything
you could possibly want for a perfect holiday weekend!
1). A glorious sunset!
2). The water......
3). The architecture.....
This time we splurged on the newly renovated Hotel Maria Cristina....
4). The food and drink.....
Always something different....
Lobster and Strawberry Pintxos
Sweet Eli, with San Sebastian Food, leads us on a Pintxos Tour
And this time we got to see the inside of one of the famous secret
Basque gastronomical societies!
With a little investigation we found our favorite Gin Bar ... Cote!
....... a proper pour of Txakoli by Tim
the cheesecake, the cheesecake!!!
The best part about the weekend ...... great friends to share it with!