Archive for August, 2010

31 August 2010 Beach Hut

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Today Anjeli and her mum invited us to their beach hut after gymnastics. I think one of these would make a great writing cottage… or office for AC’s new business venture ;-).

30 August 2010 Hove’s Best Kept Secret

Monday, August 30th, 2010

is Marroco’s ice cream. A chocolate cone on the beach was the perfect way to spend the August bank holiday–the UK’s version of Labor Day.

29 August 2010 England is Ours!

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

“Treachery! Treachery! England is ours!” is what Sam shouted over and over again as she galloped her way through the Battle of Hastings Heritage site and the ruined Abbey that now stands where King Harold fell.

28 August 2010 1066 Country

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

As in the “Battle of Hastings” country. Nothing about this trip went as planned. We missed our train. The train we did end up on was packed and we had to stand with our bicycles at the end of the car. We wanted to visit the Herstmonceux Castle and Science Center, but we were blocked […]

27 August 2010 Sam’s Circus

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Why run away to the circus when you can build one in your own living room?

26 August 2010 Zippos Circus

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

It’s performing arts week, apparently, which is perfect because the rain and grey have not let up. AC surprised us with tickets to Zippos Circus. It was my first circus. Sam’s too. We all loved it.

25 August 2010 The Gruffalo

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

“Oh, help! Oh, no! It’s a Gruffalo!” We were introduced to Julia Donaldson’s classic picture book a couple of years ago when Grand-mère gave Sam a copy of the book for Christmas. Donaldson’s elegant and humorous rhyme translates well to the musical stage. I especially enjoyed the “G-G-G-Gruffalo” song. Nearly everyone exiting the Brighton Royal […]

24 August 2010 A Sunny Day at Last!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

And we face the hordes at Hove Park. It was worth it to be in the sun.

23 August 2010 Doctor’s Surgery

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The good news? My toe is feeling much better. The bad news? The doctor had nothing to do with it. He has no idea what caused the apparent trauma. But I did convince him to refer me to a podiatrist, known in the UK as a chiropodist, apparently.

22 August 2010 Southwick Harbour

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

This weekend it’s been rainy, cloudy, and grey with a chance of grey. Friday night I developed a mysterious toe pain. The mystery is that out of the blue, it hurt to walk on my left foot. I have my suspicions, and we’ll see what the NHS doctor says this week. So between the weather […]

Canterbury Tales

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

It took us three trains and three hours to make our pilgrimage from Brighton to Canterbury. These are our tales. If you’re expecting something bawdy, you’ll need to read Chaucer. The Mexican Food Lover’s Tale One of the things we miss from the States is Mexican food. So when our friends from London suggested that […]

21 August 2010 The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Sam’s latest literary obsession is Narnia. We’re currently reading the third book of the Chronicles (in publication order), The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, in which the children access Narnia through a painting. The other day Sam said, “I need to get into Narnia.” I asked her if she’d tried the wardrobe in her room. […]

20 August 2010 Coccinelle demoiselle

Friday, August 20th, 2010

New segment at the start of French class: we make a craft that we use later in songs or activities. These milk jug top ladybugs (ladybirds here in the UK) are pretty easy to make: all you need are milk jug tops, stickers or googly eyes, a permanent marker, and pipe cleaners for antennae. Like […]

19 August 2010 Scooter Park

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

18 August 2010 Playdate

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

17 August 2010 2CV

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I’ll never forget the first time I saw one of these duck-like cars in France in the late 80s. I thought it was a VW Beetle gone very, very wrong. Turns out that the two cars were developed around the same time, just before WWII broke out. I learned this recently while researching a short […]

16 August 2010 Wounded Hand

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Our jaunt to Canterbury was not entirely bloodless.

15 August 2010 Murder at the Cathedral

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

I thought this was a pretty dramatic way to enshrine the spot where the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, was murdered in 1170. Other less dramatic tales from our trip to Canterbury to come.

14 August 2010 Giant Gnome

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

We had a quiet, rainy Saturday here, which we welcomed as each of us had indoor things we wanted to do: AC worked on the new business he is setting up; I did some writing and research; Sam trashed the living room. It was all good. At one point I happened to look up and […]

13 August 2010 Summer’s Not Over Yet

Friday, August 13th, 2010

That’s what I imagined this woman was saying to her companion as she waded into the water. The temperature outside was in the mid-50s and it was raining pretty steadily. (Sam and I were bundled up in our rain gear and we were freezing.) Not only did this bather make it all the way in, […]