Trip to the Big Smoke!!

imageOur latest language student arrived yesterday, from Spain. He doesn’t seem too intimidated by being in a house full of women! Not sure how easy he will be to feed, however – I made a cottage pie for dinner last night and he hardly ate any. The darling daughters cooked him chicken tonight and that went down a bit better, but still with no great enthusiasm.

imageI left them to it as Mr S and I were invited to London to the Royal Courts of Justice today for a friend’s swearing in ceremony. He has just been made a district judge and it was a real privilege to be there. The buildings were incredibly beautiful and impressive, but the best bit was knowing that somebody down to earth and fair minded has become a judge on his own merit and not because of the ‘old boys’ network. He had to sit various tests and go through a stringent selection process and his success is very well deserved. Well done, that man!!

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Hertford House, home of the Wallace Collection

Whilst we were in London we decided to visit the Wallace Collection of art in Manchester Square. Another beautiful building with some very old artworks. I may be a bit of a Philistine but I couldn’t help but wonder if people would be viewing Tracey Emin’s unmade bed with awe and admiration in 500 years time or whether they will be more surprised that she got away with it as she laughed all the way to the bank! The collection is worth a visit if you are in London and is free of charge.

Now my holiday really is over and I am back to work and reality tomorrow!

0 thoughts on “Trip to the Big Smoke!!

  1. Cynthia

    How nice you could see the ceremony for your friend, and have a day out in the city. An unmade bed? Hmmm, sounds like an interesting museum!

  2. AuntLeesie

    You do make a handsome couple! Glad you had a nice vacation, and congratulations to your friend! Have you asked your new exchange student if he has preferences for food? I made a skillet meal recently using about 1/2 kg. of beef (cut into small, stew pieces and browned in olive oil with garlic salt & pepper), 1/2 L of dry lentils, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, plus 2 cans of water. Bring it to a boil in the skillet, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are soft and most of the liquid is reduced. Add in any chopped vegetables you like. Courgettes work well, or bell peppers. Cover the skillet and simmer a little longer, until the added veggies are semi-soft. It makes a very full skillet and you can serve it over rice or noodles to get at least 8 servings.

  3. ChickenladyJane Post author

    He hates veg so tonight we had plain grilled pork chops and mini roast spuds with ratatouille – he ate the meat and spuds anyway and the rest of us enjoyed the ratatouille!