Tag: London

Community and the London Overground

15 minute wait A date A drunk A dog …These are all the notes I took for a revelation I had late one night about the nature of community among commuters. These are all the notes I need, because I can remember that action-packed night on the train from those words alone. The London Overground […]

the garden of daisies

sometimes… London is the loveliest city to live in. How could I say no to an exhibit about Fashion and Gardens and the Garden Museum? I didn’t even know there was a garden museum. Turns out, it is Excellent. The permanent exhibition is really interesting, with a fabulous display of ancient tools

baby steps

You know how lace scarves are suddenly everywhere? It’s like you can’t be a knitter unless you’re draping some lacey shawl around your neck. Well I’d never knit lace (and I wasn’t committed enough to fork out for a fancy pattern) so when I decidedĀ to knit a lacey number of my own I took it […]

locked

Soon these wreaths will come down too. It is considered bad luck in England to keep your Christmas ornaments up past January 6th. [Note: here they are most definitely not considered “holiday” decorations] At work on Monday as we were taking down our seasonal decor, my colleague joked he’s not sure how they manage to […]

The Maid Behind the Bar

Today is the first day in a while where I have been able to sit on my couch all day to work on job applications. Last month, it was time to be more proactive in my job hunt. I went out and found a nanny job, a cat-sitting gig and have been picking up shifts […]

Americans in London, behold!

Two important discoveries: 1. My hunt for pumpkin pie filling is over. Tesco’s on Essex Road in Angel carries Libby’s in its International foods aisle, right next to the Caribbean section on the bottom shelf. The American section consists almost entirely of sweets. I believe whole foods also carries a canned pumpkin filling but it’s […]

The Pleasures of Home

it’s a grey day lashing rain in London and I have pie on the mind: Most often I bake fresh open-faced peach or berry pies. It’s a seasonal thing for me- July and August are pie season. I’m picking up a few tricks- I use a few tablespoons of minit tapioca to thicken the filling […]

the blackberry blossom

There is a fence in my new neighborhood covered in blackberry vines. By now the blossoms there will never bear fruit. Oh England, imagine this: warm blackberries, picked from the bush by the side of the road with the sun beating down. This is kind of a west coast thing. Himalayan blackberries may not be […]