Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Yes, England, We're Here!

I don't think England got the message that we were coming. We were greeted with rain the first few days. Then guess what happened! We got snow. A good layer fell last night and it's cold! The forecast is for more cold days ahead. The really bad part is that my Iowa family writes that they are having sixty and seventy degree days! Is that fair?

The other not so nice item--we went to Birmingham mall one day. You would have thought it was the day before Christmas there were so many people! Every aisle was packed. Part of the reason was that there is no school here this week, so many of those were students.

These are just observations, not complaints!! The flight was just fine; everything on time and it was even shorter than scheduled. And we've been spending time with family. All good!

Monday, October 13, 2008

England, Here We Come! Plus Other Bits and Pieces

Next Monday, October 20th we are leaving for England and will be there for four weeks. I will have limited access to a computer, but I hope to make a blog entry a time or two while we are there.
I did my voting last week, absentee. We won’t get to follow the excitement of hearing voting results like we would if we were here, and maybe that’s just as well!! But we will get some information from the BBC. And hint–maybe I will get some emails about what happened.
We had a flock of birds swoop in and feed on the berries in the crab apple tree the other morning. I tried to see what kind of birds they were, but they flitted so much I couldn’t see, and then they were gone. They must have stopped over for brunch and the leader said, "That’s enough, guys. Time to go!"
I had thought at first they might be Cedar Waxwings, because a flock of them usually makes a visit once a year. But I couldn’t see them closely enough. They are so cute with the little tufts on top of their heads.
We did see some Blue Jays, Cardinals and a Downy Woodpecker eyeing the feeder the other day after EG uncovered it. It was completely covered again this summer with morning glories. That adds a pretty touch to all the other flowers around the deck and to the pots full of blues, reds, yellows and pinks on the deck. Now before we leave, the pots will be moved to the garage hoping some plants will winter over and the greenhouse will be taken down.
Summer ends. Winter looms.