London, once again

Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
Trip End Dec 2006

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

I have been neglecting my poor little blog for a little while, but I am still here and still alive. We have been out and about for the past week or so, mostly exploring the various fests that are going on. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew had a "harvest festival", so we decided to go and check it out. Really, there wasn't too much festival. There was an "authentic new england cranberry bog" that was several puddles of cranberries floating in a duckpond. They did have a pretty display of 3,000 squashes. Mostly, we just enjoyed the gardens. You wouldn't think that out in the middle of LOndon there would be so much green space. Acres and acres of it. The different paths were different "walks", each featuring, say, a kind of tree (the Oak Walk, the Cherry Walk) or theme (the Woodland Glade). I didn't realize how much I missed seeing trees on a regular basis until I was in the middle of an english pine forest. One of my companions in the gardens was a girl who makes a habit of learning to identify trees by sight. Apparently, most of the oaks that they had were varieties we don't have in the south. I still enjoyed it.
Sidenote: they had a display of about 200 different varieties of apple. There is apparently a 'Ben Davis' apple. Moving on.

One of my friends from high school is visiting this weekend. Amanda was studying abroad in France, so she hopped a train and came over. She accompanied us today as we scoped out an ELizabethan Harvest Market. Costumed revelers processed from the Globe Theatre to the Borough Market, including a Corn Queen, a Green Man, and other folk in period garb. The market itself was definitely on the more rustic side. THey had mulled mead and mulled beer, as well as french cheese makers from Brittany, all sorts of home-made tarts, pies, breads, etc. We ate well today.

Tonight, we are going to a Ceile dance at the London Irish Center. Apparently, it is fairly similar to our american contra dance, which I have enjoyed for a number of years. We have convinced a number of our classmates to come with us, so this should be fun.

Coming up next week: The Allblacks vs. England, Guy Fawkes day, Ben coming to visit. Also, the week after that is Remembrance day. Hopefully, we can get good seats to see the Royal Family and the parade.
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