Archive for June, 2010

30 June 2010 Porridge

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

I fell in love with Scottish oatmeal in Pitlochry and haven’t been able to find the equivalent in Brighton until this week. It’s similar to Irish steel-cut oats: nutty and creamy all at once. The perfect sick food. Yes, apparently my wimpy American immune system has succumbed to yet another British bug.

29 June 2010 Girls on Bikes

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

At Hove Park.

28 June 2010 St. George’s Cross

Monday, June 28th, 2010

England’s out of the World Cup after a crushing defeat at the hands of Germany. Yet most of the pubs around town, including this one at the corner of Churchill Square, are still proudly flying St. George’s Cross. Or maybe everyone is too depressed (or too hung over) to take them down.

27 June 2010 Capital to Coast Charity Bike Ride

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

AC crosses the finish line at Hove Lawns after riding 60 miles (from Hove up to outskirts of London and then back down to Hove) in 5.5 hours. He’s the one on the left in the red helmet. And this time, he’s fully clothed 🙂

Scenes from a Saturday in London

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Smiling despite the long queue at Victoria Station to buy an Oyster card for the Underground. AC uses his deductive powers to determine that the Jubillee Line was closed and that we needed to take three different tube trains to our destination. Then the Super Sleuth found us a free bus to take us to […]

26 June 2010 London Zoo Penguins

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

25 June 2010 The West Pier

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Cerys and Sam at the West Pier, aka the “Burned Out Pier.”

A Girl Called Fib

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Sam handed me a story today. “It has a girl with a funny name!” she cried. From top to bottom, and then from bottom to top, it reads: Hi Sam I am Fib Hi Fib I say We love my Dad We show Fib around the house Bye bye Fib We say

24 June 2010 Hove Home Ed Playgroup

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Snack time!

23 June 2010 Fun at the Pier

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Cerys and Sam slide down the ramp at bouncy “Skull Island” while Hamza looks on. We celebrated Cerys’s half birthday today with rides and games at the Brighton Pier. Six months from now the Pier will be frozen and dark, but today it was nothing but sunshine and warm breezes. Summer comes to the UK […]

22 June 2010 Rose Garden, Hove Park

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

21 June 2010 Happy Summer Solstice

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Sunrise: 4:47AM Sunset: 9:18PM

20 June 2010 Happy Father’s Day

Monday, June 21st, 2010

19 June 2010 Take Part

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

AC and Sam take part in the Take Part International Festival of Sport in Brighton’s Preston Park.

18 June 2010 Help Molly

Friday, June 18th, 2010

What Sam was writing as she tended to Molly Bear who was mysteriously ill today. Sam is nearly 100% well and got back into playing today with a vengeance. Not sure what the cause of the 3-day fever was, but we’re thankful it’s gone (or that it’s confined to Molly Bear.)

17 June 2010 Salome

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

After a day of tending to still sick Sammy, I went to see “Salome” with Robin at the Brighton Royal Theatre. We liked it. It was nearly as bloody as “Macbeth.” My favorite part was Salome doing the dance of the seven veils wearing a bubble gum pink wig and carrying a giant boom box. […]

16 June 2010 Fever

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

We don’t seem to be able to go more than 2 weeks without some sort of illness. I suspect that our immune systems just can’t handle these Old World viruses. Poor Sam has barely left the sofa all day. Here she is watching some telly, just before the fever spiked again. She’s sleeping now.

15 June 2010 Curtain Call for Macbeth

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The most wonderful Macbeth I’ve ever seen. Definitely the most visceral–blood, entrails, smoke, incense, thumping, pounding rhythm and quavering pipes. I cried and I laughed and was generally transfixed. Here the cast sing a stirring Gaelic round for their curtain call in the beautiful Globe theatre on the Thames in London.

14 June 2010 Robin!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

My friend Robin (from Altoona days!) arrived in Brighton today– the last stop on her month-long European tour of theaters, museums, and chocolate.

13 June 2010 World Naked Bike Ride

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

This is the pre-ride shot. But I do have proof that AC did bare all on the Brighton Naked Ride, as did some hundreds others. At the end of the ride he apparently took a dip in the sea as well. According to one of his mates, he is now a full-fledged Brightonian.