Archive for December, 2008

Travels and Travails

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

“We’re travelers,” said Sam to her grandparents just the other day. This morning, the last day of 2008, she announced that one of her plush kitty cats was traveling to California. She packed up a suitcase full of toys, then wheeled it bumpity thump down the stairs to the living room where she parked it […]

Longest Night

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

is also our last night in Brighton. As the Northern hemisphere turns back towards the sun, we head west towards home. It’s a bittersweet leaving. We’re clear that we wouldn’t want to live here permanently, but we do hope to return again someday, preferably during the warmer months. Though the locals have cheerfully informed us […]

The Pavilion Surgery, Second Time this Week

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Doctor: Do you like to watch the telly? Sam: (hiding her face because she really didn’t want to come back to the doctor’s surgery) Doctor: Is there a program you like on the telly? Me: Sam, what do we watch on CBeebies on the computer? Sam: (whispering) Charlie and Lola Doctor: Oh I LOVE Charlie […]

Things I Will Not Miss about Brighton and the U.K.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

1. Debit card fraud (I know that can happen anywhere, but still) 2. The plumbing 3. The traffic lights for pedestrians. It takes AGES for the light to turn green and in the meantime everyone has jaywalked already. 4. The cigarette smoke. Not allowed in pubs and public buildings, so everyone smokes outside, while they’re […]

Things I Will Miss About Brighton and the U.K.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

in no particular order… 1. Crumpets 2. Sticky Toffee Pudding 3. Sunday Roast at the Regency 4. Pokeno Pie Shop (savoury pie plus mash & peas for £5.75! I always give my peas to Sam) 5. Not having a car and being able to walk everywhere 6. The daily bird ballet over the west pier […]

Sam’s First Dream Report

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Sam had a very restless night, after a fairly tumultuous day. I figured that she was picking up on the tension in the house due to the debit fraud incident. But now I think that yesterday she was starting to come down with something because today she is definitely sick. Her nighttime sleep was fragmented […]

It Helps to Eat Indian Food with Nice People After Someone Steals All Your Money

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

This morning when I checked my email, I learned from Grand-mère that someone had captured her debit card and pin number while she was the UK, and that person or persons had made three withdrawals from her bank account. Her bank had caught the irregular activity and she was in the midst of filling out […]

The Brighton Bird Ballet

Monday, December 15th, 2008

One recompense of the unbelievably short days here (today the sun rose at 7:56AM and will set at 3:55PM) is the visual spectacle we get to watch over the west pier at dusk. Every afternoon thousands of starlings flock around the burned out pier in the sea. But they don’t just flock. They swoop and […]

In Which The Chemist Proves to be Too Scrupulous

Monday, December 15th, 2008

I walk up St. James where there are several chemists shops and none of them open. I decide to walk back towards the flat, which will take me past the large Boots on North Street and Queen’s Road. Boots is a pharmacy chain that also sells a huge range of cosmetics, baby paraphernalia, and children’s […]

In Which I Call Upon the Doctor’s Surgery: Part the Second

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Despite myself, I arrived at the Doctors Surgery the next day five minutes early. I tried the door all the same, and, lo and behold… it opened. I followed the signs for my doctor’s office and came into a reception area. It was empty except for one other patient. There was no one at the […]

In Which I Call Upon the Doctor’s Surgery: Part the First

Friday, December 12th, 2008

I’ve had a headache going on two weeks now. It arrived with facial pain and an often crushing fatigue that has made me less than a joy to be around. On Thursday I decided that enough was enough and that I would call upon the doctors surgery. The way the Brits use that term is […]

Another Post on English Cuisine

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Three words. Six syllables. Sticky. Toffee. Pudding. Where have you been all my life? Why am I only just now, mere weeks away from leaving this chilled island, discovering your gooey warmth, the silky sweetness of your sauce, the moistness of your crumb? How do you manage to be so delectable without the aid of […]

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Oh My! We’ve had three great theatrical experiences during our European sojourn. And these do include two lions, one tiger and one bear. Tiger In October I took Sam to see the Brighton Royale Theatre‘s production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. This was a special production for children, adapted from a British children’s […]

Things I Learned in Pevensey

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

1. The Normans introduced castles to England. Castles were the key to the Norman conquest of the island in 1066. They were built with high mottes, or mounds, which were protected by a wall or palisade. The motte was not only an effective stronghold against invaders, but it also served as a symbol of Norman […]

Our Little Travel Agent

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

This popped up in my inbox last week, from Your 3-year-old now Preschoolers often work out complicated emotions in their play with animals, dolls, blocks, cars, or other playthings. After a traumatic doctor visit, for example, your child might line up all her teddy bears for shots. If she witnesses a car crash in […]