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October 31, 2005

Trees, glorious trees

Kew gardens is amazing. The area is occupies is so large you just can't see it all in one go. In addition, there was a special Dale Chihuly glass works exhibition going on adding to the beauty.
But I was there to see the trees and plant collections in historic greenhouses. And inside those greenhouses you get to see plants and flowers close up. Neat.

October 30, 2005

Food, glorious food.

Yesterday was the day for my cousin's biennial trip to Southall, a section of greater London that is on the west side despite the name. The high street is an Hundu street bazaar with many shops selling Indian food and food supplies and incredibly cheap prices! You can buy 10kg of rice for like £7, and 200g of ground cinnamon for 40p! The area is packed with stores for about four blocks.
After about three hours of Southall, we were starving (but not for a curry!) and adjourned to Richmond for a pub lunch where I had delicious grilled salmon fillet with hollandaise sause, Yum!

October 28, 2005

A cup of tea in Richmond

Shopping was fun! We didn't buy much, but just bustling around Richmond was enjoyable. When we got tired, we stopped by a cafe for a cup of tea. We weren't the only ones in the cafe enjoying themselves.

It's baaack! (the rain, that is)

Yesterday was so umbelievably sunny! It was not-a-cloud-in-the-sky sunny and warm, 21°C (70°F) which was almost a record. I am in London am I not? I guess I am because it is tiddling down rain this morning, but to its credit, it is still quite comfortably warm out.
Today is the day I am going to Richmond for lunch with the rest of the family, and then to do a bit of shopping. I want to visit Uniqlo because they usually have some mega-bargains. Jasper is going to visit the Richmond Theatre to see if they have any random jobs available.

October 27, 2005

IOW

Yesterday was quite an adventure! The Isle of Wight is off the south coast of England about a 30 minute ferry ride away. What a production, but they seem to have it down. I understand they can pack 144 cars
on one trip. The ferries run every half hour, but it helps to make a reservation. It ain't cheap (£41=$78) for one car and one person. They charge extra if a bunch of you are going, like a drive-in movie (remember those?).

The IOW is like a fairyland. I didn't take too many pictures of the scenery because the WX was crappy (fog, drizzle) when I got on the island, but this is a typical village cottage. I wonder. Is it the same on Guernsey, Toryssa? But I digress.
The real point of the trip was to go see some family whom I have never met. First, my two second cousins, Poppy and Tanith. As a bonus, I also have two third cousins called Kylo and Kayden!
What a long day it was, but what a day of discovery! It was so wonderful to meet these folks, but I wish they were more accessible. Why don't they build a bridge to this place?

October 25, 2005

Ready to Roll

Everything is confirmed for my Isle of Wight trip tomorrow. I picked up the rental car this afternoon. I booked myself on the 10:30 ferry trip across the Solent. Made contact with my brand new second cousin, Tanith, whom I haven't met yet, but I am looking forward to spending a chunk of the day with her and her family. Now all I have to do is get up in time!

Adventure upcoming

I am planning to visit the Isle of Wight tomorrow. Kind of a pain because you have to ride this expensive ferry boat thingy which takes about 30 minutes. In addition, it is a 1.5 hour journey to get to the ferry boat in the first place. Sheesh!
But, I get to meet two of my cousins whom I have never met yet, and one of them has two kidlets. Exciting!

October 24, 2005

Rain, rain, rain.

But what can you expect. This is England!
Went to PC World yesterday to pick up a new power supply for my cousin's computer. I am using it while I am here and don't want it to shut down in the middle of an important post.
I am going to take a walk down to the "high" street this afternoon and buy some stamps to send off my post cards to everybody. Maybe the rain will quit by then.

October 23, 2005

Here I am in England!

Well, I am here. Jet lag is not as bad this year. I made it through the first day and night without laying awake in the middle of the night for hours on end.
I am enjoying the hospitality of my cousin Ashley and his family. They live on the Southwest edge of Greater London near Richmond park, which I have already taken advantage of by taking a long walk with another house guest, Oscar.

October 21, 2005

Today!

I am up early. Time to get conditioned to change six time zones. It is raining out and I had to cajole Kittay to get her to go outside to do her business. I don't think she really minds it. Sue is going to look after things while I am away, including Kittay monitoring. I hate the long plane ride, but it must be endured. Don't worry, I will watch out for bird flu.

October 18, 2005

Full Moon!

You can tell. There are people out there barking already.

October 15, 2005

This time next week

I will have had a few cups of tea, and will probably be tired from flying all night, but I will be in London!

October 14, 2005

One week to go

I leave next Friday afternoon for my annual trip. I think I am all ready to go except for the packing. I may start on that later since I won't be busy. I usually leave that chore to the last minute though. Like Jerry Seinfeld, I consider myself "the Master Packer" and each year I pare it down a bit finer and take just a little less stuff, although last year I bought a larger bag - so I would have more room to bring stuff back.
Don't forget to get those requests for post cards in today! Email me your snail mail address to nezbitthecat[AT]london[DOT]com and I'll put you on the list.

October 12, 2005

Summer is back!

I know it has been cloudy these past few days, but it also has been nicely warm. Kittay has spent a record number of hours patrolling the perimeter and socializing with the other catz in the neighborhood.

There is also a punkin thief at large. I bought two cute little pumpkins and put them outside on either side of the front door. They lasted about three days. I looked for evidence of smashing, but no dice. Someone liked them so much they walked off with them.

October 07, 2005

Sign up for a post card from London!

I am off to London in two weeks! Exciting!

If you want a postcard from Nez, please email me your snail mail address to nezbitthecat[AT]london[DOT]com by next Friday, October 14. Oh, and since I'm trying update my contact list, so if you'd like, send me your phone number, too, but it is not mandatory.

Don't worry, no spam or calls in the middle of the night or anything. I won't sell the list to any third parties.

Hurry, Oct. 14 will be here before you know it.