Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Londoner Returns

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A night view of Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery in the background and the towering Norwegian Spruce Christmas tree, a gift from the people of Oslo as a token of gratitude for England's assistance during the Second World War
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I am freshly back from travels to Mother England where I have spent three glorious weeks in the company of my dear family in London.  Much merriment was had by all over the Christmas and New Year break, resulting in some lazy days spent nursing pots of hot tea late into the afternoons around the big kitchen table.  In spite of this, you'll be pleased to learn that I did manage to get myself in gear enough to get out and about on the town and see some marvelous things, meet a London-based blogger friend, visit some of my favorite retail establishments that also happen to be some of the oldest family run businesses in the world, and eat until the cows came home.  All in all, a very successful trip.

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The flaming family Christmas pudding all dressed up in brandy and a sprig of holly
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I do hope you come back soon to read my first dispatch from London.

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Happy New Year to you all!


18 comments:

  1. Hello CD, Happy New Year! I am looking forward to reading about your adventures in England.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim, and a very Happy New Year to you too!

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  2. Happy new year! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip :)

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    1. Hello Naomi,

      Happy New Year to you too! I saw so much between lazy days so I have much to write about. I think I need a holiday to recover.

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  3. A very happy new year to you and yours, CD.

    Very much looking forward to reading about your trip.

    Spud.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, dear Spud! Stay tuned as I have much to cover, despite the fact that I spent many a lazy day in the company of my family that like to talk into the wee hours of the morning.

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  4. Happy New Year to you!
    Oh I can't wait to read about London. I do know that you met up with a fellow blog friend which made me so happy, I bet you had a wonderful conversation.
    Happy you are home safe and sound XO

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Dani! My blogger meeting was such fun and talking too much was certainly an understatement. Like a house on fire!

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  5. CD,
    Lucky you, spending the holidays with family in London! My favorite city on the planet.
    Can't wait for some details and pretty photographs.
    xo,
    karen

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    1. Hello Karen, and Happy New Year to you!

      Yes, I feel very fortunate to have made it back to London for Christmas. I hope my upcoming posts do not disappoint. Stay tuned!

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  6. Ah, you were so close! I think it's one of the most beautiful times to spend in London, all the lights and magic (and crowds :D ) Even the weather was pretty good this year. x

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    1. Hello Natalia,

      Yes, it was rather mild, weatherwise, in London this year, at least as compared to previous winters. The beauty of the season, however, was very evident and I enjoyed all the festive lights and window displays. Everyone, it seems, makes an effort.

      Happy New Year to you!

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  7. Your picture of the Christmas pudding is perfection, with the blue flames.

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    1. Thank you, Diogenes. I have the warmed brandy to thank for that blue halo, and a quick shutter.

      Happy New year to you!

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  8. The decorators of the Norwegian spruce look as though they might have gone to the same school as the staff who do these things at the condo here, until yours truly gets his mits on the project. Compared to that, the the fireworks at the Eye were spectacular. How nice to visit family and friends in the old country over the festivities, and glad you had fun. I think you missed the worst of the weather, but perhaps not enough. 2016 has had a rocky start, (financially) and there is doom and gloom forecast for some time to come. That notwithstanding, all the very best to you and your family.

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    1. Hello columnist,

      I read somewhere that the decorating of the tree in Trafalgar Square is undertaken by the Norwegians and is decorated in a traditional Norwegian fashion (by that I am assuming they meant the distinctive vertical placement of the decorations - or lights in this case). It did appear a bit lopsided, as my own husband pointed out, but I enjoyed it for what it was and what it has always been; a symbol of friendship between two nations.

      I think northern parts of England and Scotland got the brunt of the bad weather when we were there. Down south it was positively balmy compared to other years.

      Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year.

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  9. Happy New Year! I look forward to reading about your travels.

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    1. Happy New Year to you Jen! I've already published my first dispatch from London so take a look here:

      http://chronicadomus.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-pre-christmas-saturday-gallivant.html

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