Tuesday, January 22, 2008

with love, from england

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Just a short post. Its pretty here. And old .... quite old. Some buildings here have survived since the 15th century. Most of the buildings are made of stone and the farmhouses are quite palatial, believe it or not. Thatched rooves, cobblestone roads, oh-so-narrow country lanes lined with hedges ... its quiet quaint and I have not seen a skyscraper since leaving heathrow for this lovely little village. I don't miss the city and I have been quite spoiled by a wonderful cook, who plans and prepares the loveliest meals (yes, as you've guessed, he's not a brit ... lovely people those brits, but cuisine is NOT their forte! and I say that with much affection). Lamb Curry, Pheasant breast, Beef Wellington (purchased at the farmer's market, prepared by a farmer's wife ... yum yum), the best Spanish red wines with meals, Carbonara made the REAL italian way (i.e. that without a cream sauce, just in case you don't know), Tomato salad with goat cheese, ahhh ~ I have tasted so much great food I can hardly remember it all. Farmed Venison steaks, made per the butcher's recipe ... yummy ... considering I hated wild Venison every time I have tasted it. Even the plates are warmed, prior to serving the meal ~ talk about attention to detail! We ate at a Bengali/Indian restaurant here in the village ... what a delight ~ shamee kebobs, lovely chutney, and some incredibly spicy pastey thing that you put on your papadum. Ok ... I'm quite the chatterbox and my brain is sort of chaotic ... I have been exploring the village and snapping pictures like a mad tourist .... and I think I got hight on all the sunshine and fresh air. Its lambing season here already and spring is beginning to show herself, oh so slowly. And that's all for now ... I know I have a lot of great comments to my last post and I have been a bad Roxanne and not returned a single one. I will, soon.

Ta ta ... mind the gap and all that.

Love, me.


Anonymous said...

sounds incredibly lovely!..Piiictures :>


X. Dell said...

Not to worry. I have to envy you though, for you managed to get good eats in the UK. This might be an historical first. I have to check.

I will look forward to hearing from you. Hopefully you can enjoy the countryside and the fresh start.

piktor said...

Mantissa, I was wondering, if you find a butterfly net "over there", will you hunt for pixies?

-Cora :) said...

Hey! I was so thrilled yesterday to open my mailbox and find a letter from you! Thank you- I can hardly wait to write you back :)
Hugs- and glad to hear you sound so happy...
happy, happy, happy-
warmed my heart :)

I'll write soon- email, and snail mail :)

..................... said...

well! there you are. sounds like you are settling in quite nicely.
and like the ole anomymous person said up there....

piktor said...

Now I know why you're not blogging!

The place looks as beautiful as can be imagined.

..................... said...

beautiful photos!
makes me miss germany.
my relatives mostly live in villages.

the.red.mantissa said...

oh .... its lovely and soooo old here! have you ever seen a hearth that's 500 years old? amazing.

luxie ~ i have so many photos ... just such little time to post them! i will though ...

xdell ~ i have written you a letter; i will stick a photo or two in it and post it today or tomorrow. this is a fresh start in so many ways. i am happy ... so happy. and satisfied. beyond belief.

piktor ~ oh, indeed, the pixies are everywhere ... and yes ... these pics are just the tip of the iceberg ... there is so much history and beauty here!

foamy ~ i do so love europe. we recently go a caravan and will use it to tour first of all the countryside here, and then all over. i can hardly wait. if i never live in a city again, i will not be sad. village life agrees with me ... love it here.

cora ~ glad you got my letter ... i sent you an email a day or 2 ago.