Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween to me

Last year no one came by our house to trick or treat, probably because we didn't get home till 8pm. It looks like that will happen again this year, which is why I invested in a large supply of our favorite candies.

Monday, October 29, 2012

In election season

Our duty's done. "For duty, duty must be done; the rule applies to everyone." (W. S. Gilbert.)

View from my window

So foul and fair a day I have not seen.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

In Redmond

We paid a quick visit to Zephyr and her mom and dad. She was very sleepy but she did open her eyes long enough to look at her auntie M.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

At a deacon ordination

It's our own fault but we came back at a ridiculously busy time. Last night we rehearsed until almost 10pm and this morning we had 22 deacons ordained. The new deacons presented a gift to the priest who coordinates the program, Father McKee - a beautiful watercolor of the tabernacle at the Palisades, and his own likeness in the form of a custom bobble head. Pretty cool.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Still in Chicago

We finally boarded a new plane and hopefully will be en route soon. Someone left a book in M's seat and she just picked it up and started reading it. I think she's delirious from excessive waiting.

At O'Hare

"We're going to hold off on boarding while the mechanics take a look at some problems with the aircraft." I don't like the sound of that.

Au revoir, O Paris

The sunrise and the traffic of Paris. One makes you calm and happy; the other stressées et bouleversées. But we did make it to Charles de Gaulle.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Paris by night

Le dernier jour

We left Bordeaux this morning and spent our last afternoon in Paris. Que c'est beau ici! In the evening, I stole a photo between Vespers and Mass at Notre Dame (c'est absolument defendu). Now we are at dinner just off the Boulevard St Michel.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our Lady of the Good News

At St Seurin, which is right by our friends' apartment, they have a cute chapel to Notre Dame de la Bonne Nouvelle. It is sunken so you can only see Mary if you kneel down.

At the Basilique St Michel

Lots of sunshine and cool modern windows, replaced after World War II.

A tour of Bordeaux

We toured the city of Bordeaux for hours and hours. We saw almost everything, even a group of young people making a movie about an orange rolling down the street. Yes, it was an all-inclusive tour.

The bridge, by the way, was built at the order of Napoleon I, who found the river Garonne to be an obstacle in his planned invasion of Spain. The bridge has seventeen arches, because there are seventeen letters in the name NAPOLEON BONAPARTE.

City tour

Normally we are too proud to go on the city bus tours, but Mariangela recommended it so highly.

KFC in Bordeaux

Apparently KFC is one of the most popular chains in Bordeaux. C'est un pitié, un grand pitié.

Les heures d'ouverture

We were all hurried out by the sacristan at 12 noon precisely for the afternoon break.

La Cathédrale

The Cathedral of Bordeaux is suitably grand.

In sunny Bordeaux

We are touring Bordeaux this morning. It has the charm of Paris with the weather of Rome. (A great combination.) As you look at the photo you must imagine the strains of an accordion wafting on the breeze.

Monday, October 22, 2012

In Bordeaux

Our flight to Bordeaux was delayed owing to London fog. But we arrived in time for dinner (which was at 10:30pm). Our Italian friends made some wonderful pasta but I'm not sure Italian wine is available in these parts....

Westminster Cathedral

Gloomy and grand.

A visit to the Tate

This morning Jason had to go back to work and Charlie had to go back to school. We went to the Tate Britain where they had an amazing PRB show on. There were so many PRB paintings that I couldn't really think of any PRB paintings that weren't there. Unfortunately no photos were allowed. You could take pictures in the main galleries; however, most of the collection is put away at the moment, to reopen next month. I liked the 1820 family portrait and the Lucien Freud kitty.

Adieu to Crystal Palace

We are at Crystal Palace Station awaiting the train to Gatwick (with a detour at the Tate Gallery since our flight doesn't leave till this afternoon). We had a delightful time with Jason and Charlie. Can't wait to see you next time!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nap/National Gallery time

After Mass and lunch we went to the National Gallery. Trafalgar Square was full of sightseers. There was also a group of people wearing white clothing and tinselly angel wings, handing out flowers, and asking "do you need a hug?" Weird and sinister behavior, if you ask me. There was also a sidewalk chalk artist just like Bert in Mary Poppins. Charlie took a nap while we looked at paintings.

Going to Mass

We went to Mass at St Patrick's in Soho Square, where Bethie sings occasionally. Charlie was pretty good on the way. She had some concerns about her boots, which went on and off periodically. The church is lovely.

Sunday morning

Charlie's first thought this morning was of Pride and Prejudice. She prefers to hold on to Jane Eyre while someone reads her Pride and Prejudice

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Face time with mamma

Charlie is skyping with her mamma at tea time. She is trying to keep both feet on the floor.

In Crystal Palace

This morning we walked through Crystal Palace neighborhood and park. The park has an amazing set of Victorian dinosaurs by Benjamin Hawkins, a Victorian artist and naturalist. It also has a playground that Charlie loves. The neighborhood is full of beautiful villas and quaint shops.

In the park with Charlie

It's impossible not to take a picture. 

A present from godmothers

Charlie seems pretty interested in the stories her godmothers brought. "Read Jane Eyre!" she said.

Charlie in the morning

It's never too early for stories of Peppa Pig and her brother George.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sticker time

Charlie loves stickers. 

In Keighley

Not much has happened in Keighley since the mystery of why Miss Brontë needed so much paper was solved.

Farewell to Haworth

We are on our way to catch the bus to Keighley whence we shall go to Leeds and then to London. We're looking forward to seeing Jason and Charlie!

At breakfast

The ladies at the next table are having a detailed conversation about Pride and Prejudice. Emma was quite spoiled for one of them by having to study it in A Levels. So was Silas Marner. They applaud the courage of Charlotte Lucas for marrying Mr Collins even though she doesn't love him. Look at the alternative, said one of the ladies - she'd have been nothing but a maiden aunt.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

View down Main Street

This is the view down Haworth's Main Street, with moors in the distance. I took it from our room in the Old White Lion when M ran out to the Post Office to mail some postcards. We stayed in this same room when we first visited Haworth ten years ago this month.