My excuse for this late post (for which I beg your forgiveness & indulgence) is that it has been a whirlwind of a month, filled with hearty eating & congenial revelry in London. It has been a precious time with adventuresome Older & Younger Daughters, in part with Loving Husband: enjoying catch-up with family & old friends, delighting in the festivities of the season, and welcoming the Christ-child into our midst.
It has been a month of sublime discoveries as we reacquainted ourselves with this vibrant city, all the treasures we find on an almost daily basis, one of which was the Garden of Rest, a little corner of Marlebone High Street, near Marlebone Road (see above Feature Photo). This small garden contains various gravestones & memorials, one of which is to Charles Wesley (1707- 1788), one of the greatest hymn writers, credited with 8,989 hymns (Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, Christ the Lord is Risen Today).
And of course, there is the food. Whenever we gathered, wherever we went, we sat at the table and broke bread together. Here are some of the December highlights:
Eggs Royale (Stuzzico)
Avocado Fruited Salad (work of our hands)
Orange Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Whip (Rabot, Borough Market)
One of many stir-fries: kalettes, savoy cabbage & carrots (work of our hands)
Turkish Gosleme (Old Spitalfields Market)
Thank you, Su, for hosting The Changing Seasons month after month; for giving us something special to look forward to!
Peruvian burned butter ice cream, miso meringue, sweet potato (Pachamama)
Jersey milk soft serve infused with cocoa nibs (Hotel du Chocolat)
Moules et frites (Belgos)
Ratatouille crepe (La Creperie de Hampstead)
Chive & Egg Pockets (sanbao, Hammersmith)
Wishing all you lovelies a wonderful 2019 to come!
Persian dips & bread (Kish)
Vegan Ethiopian (Brick Lane)
Indian basics (Indian YMCA canteen)
Bindi Bhel (Hankies)
Chocolate Ginger Cake (Feya)
Vegetarian Ramen (Kanada-ya)
Truffle Cheese Fries (Gourmet Burger Kitchen)
Walnut-Cranberry Blondies with Cranberry Frosting (made by our hands)
Chocolatey Buche de Noel (Paul)
The canal starting in the Paddington basin is one of my favourite places to run in London. I love the cobblestone paths, eerie quiet and charming houseboats as I am transported to a different time & place. One of the many delights of this vibrant & historical city. Continue reading “Finding Treasure: Running along the Canal”
I have long known of La Crêperie de Hampstead, recommended by numerous friends as London’s most typical Parisian street crêperie. They are situated permanently in a “food truck” on Hampstead High Street, down the road from Hampstead Station. Continue reading “Finding Treasure: the most delectable crêpe”
One of the greatest joys of running in London is the frequent encounters with sculptures in the parks & streets. This one is Kensington Gardens has always been one of my favourites, for the story it represents & the the numerous squirrels, fairies and rabbits that surround our hero. Continue reading “Finding Treasure: Five Minutes with Peter Pan”
Tucked away in Hampstead Heath, not far at all from Central London, is this treasure called Kenwood House. I have frequented Hampstead on several occasions but always for the express purpose of singing Sacred Harp at Heath Street Baptist Church. I had no idea that just a few minutes further down the road is countryside views which are unexpected and stunning, till a Hospitable Friend brought us to explore this lovely heritage home and her grounds, which are reminiscent of the Regency movies & books I love so much. Continue reading “Finding Treasure: Kenwood House”
“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Singapore anymore”
Borrowed from Frank L Baum’s Wizard of Oz
Bukit Batok Nature Park, Singapore 12 Nov 2018
Natural History Museum, London 26 Nov 18
In a blink of an eye, we find ourselves transported from tropical heat to wintery enchantment. We are in London to enjoy a few months with Beloved Aunt & Uncle, to experience the Christmas season in a much cooler fashion than afforded in sunny Singapore. Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: November 2018”
One sleep on the plane this past Friday and suddenly, Lovely Daughters and I miraculously find ourselves transported from rainy, humid & hot Singapore to rainy, grey & cold London! Grey & Cold are by no means a criticism – this is the way we like our weather! Continue reading “Finding Treasure: Five Minutes with a Greenhouse”
July has been the epitome of summer, filled with vacation trips, visiting with family & old friends who have returned from far & wide, and lots & lots of sun! Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: July 2018”
I love how inspiration flows through the WordPress community: a word, an image, a piece of music to lighten the day, to illuminate the dark, to compel us to be better than ourselves.
Thinking particularly of Debbie at TravelwithIntent‘s One Word Sunday Challenge for this week: Giant. Her spread featuring Botero’s audacious & curvy giants delighted and inspired me to post my series: Women in the Next Three Decades. Continue reading “Giant Among Men: 5 Minutes with The Lady”
One of my favorite cityscapes as I run the bicycle path between Lumpini and Benjakitty Parks in Bangkok this week.
My contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday, Afar.