Friday, August 13, 2010

Last day in Suffolk :-(

I haven't had as much of a chance to take pix of signs as I would have liked, but this one, inviting prospective guests to "pop in,"  tickled me.
I must say the food here has been terrific.  Of course, Maggie is an excellent cook - but dinner at the Fox was outstanding and today's lunch at one of the National Trust houses was also very good. Here's the plate of starters (or what we in the U.S. call appetizers) we shared.
A trio of mixed olives, ciabatta & balsamic, sun blushed tomatoes and chilli broad beans. Yummy.  A far cry from Wimpy burgers and Lyons Corner House fare I remember from 1963 when I was doing Europe on $5 a Day.

Today's activity was lunch at one of the National Trust homes and then a run through to look at the china, silver, and paintings. On the way home, everything looked so GREEN.
And then, as a bookend to yesterday's pigs -- today we saw sheep.
Much nicer, I think.  They looked as though they had recently been sheared.

Dinner at home tonight with large quantities of wine and much laughter.  The three cousins, who have the same great-grandparents, were last together in 2005. I think it is unlikely they will be together again -- although you never know.
Before dinner we filled in some family history blanks and I discovered they have three more cousins(who are siblings) who are alive and well -- and one of them lives in New Jersey.  Whether they will have any interest in us is another question, but I now have somebody else to contact.  Ironically, it is Maggie and I who married into the family, who are the researchers and are most excited about all this family stuff.  Why is that?
Tomorrow we say goodbye; Norman goes home to Nottingham and we get on the train to London to see the other Cohens (no relation to these Cohens). And I think we've got theatre tickets for outside in London so I hope it stops raining.  Stay tuned.


Beverly said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! It also looks like food in England has come up quite a few notches since I was there in the early 70's- I remember the same things you do, and not fondly!

Dianne Hricko said...

I love traveling with you! Thanks for sharing.

bonzoyl said...

Thank you for the travelogue. THose are 3 HANDSOME men..and may they last a long time yet! In my family, it's the women who get into the husband's history...later in life.....maybe they should have done before they got married? Have a wonderful trip, Bonnie in Ithaca.

Judy said...

The 'starters' look delish! Isn't it fun to find family....especially when it's not 'yours' so you don't have to feel responsible! LOL Yes, I'm the one in my family who glues us all together!
Hope the rain stops and the fun continues.


Liz said...

You know why it's so green, don't you? Cos it RAINS all the time, especially in the summer!!

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

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