a rainy day in the U. K.


Tonight is our last night in our B & B in England. Even though Sarah lives near by we decided to spend most of our nights there on this trip. We could only get it through tonight, so on Saturday through Monday we return to Sarah and Matthew’s abode. We, of course, have spent a lot of time here and visiting with them. I think it’s been a good visit.



I’m even starting to feel like I’ve had a vacation. On Thursday, Sarah had mercy on me and took us to some bookstores.

Yesterday, Sarah, Eileen, and Lucy all went to a a Dragon Fly Maze.

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I got to stay home at the B & B. I had a great day. I read. I practiced Scarlatti and Virginal music on Matthew’s synth which he has loaned me.

Today Matthew and Sarah are having some time alone. Unfortunately, it’s rainy. Eileen and I are with Lucy at their home. She helped me make bread during a break from playing.

After she helped me along with kneading a bit, she dumped the dough in the pans. I took a picture so she could compare later.

In about a half hour the bread was risen sufficiently.

Lucy gave it a look before it went into the oven.

Bread is done now.


These were obviously posed pics, however, all I said was lower the bread so I can see your face.

I do love my grandkids!

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Tomorrow, Sarah, Eileen, and I have a London adventure planned. We have tickets for Hamilton

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catching up


Last Friday, on Eileen’s actual birthday, we all went out to eat.

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The Inn where we ate was named after a Roman street: Akeman Street. Then we came home and had some of Sarah’s cake that she made for Eileen’s birthday. It was amazing.

Yesterday, Sarah picked us up at our B & B and took us to Stratford.

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First stop was the Butterfly Farm.

It was a bit warm in the rooms where they were housed, but there were an amazing number of butterflies.

Afterwards, we took some timeout on a bench.

Next,  we went looking for Trinity Church to see Shakespeare’s grave.

Directly in front of us were the graves of William and Anne Shakespeare. To our left was the font where William Shakespeare was baptized.


Last night, I finished reading Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. 

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The main character, Ursula, keeps dying and being reborn on the same day in history and living a different version of her life. I was initially intrigued because the first chapter in the book describes her killing Hitler before he does any damage. But the many (and I mean many) lives that Ursula lives end up feeling a bit circular, repetitive, and ultimately directionless to me.

I was gratified to see that at least one review mentioned “those interactive “hypertext” novels whose computer-savvy readers can determine the direction of the story.” I thought of the old “choose your own adventure” books as I read it.

I think Atkinson has fallen in love with her characters. There are apparently more books where she writes about some of the characters introduced in this novel. Ursula, herself, is unusual, but I didn’t find her or the rest of the cast that compelling. Certainly not enough to pick up another book with them in it.

I guess Life After Life  ends up being  a decent summer escape read.