Growing up in a mostly Irish family, (with some German and Italian thrown in there on my father’s side) meant that Christmas was a full blown Catholic celebration…except I don’t recall ever going to Midnight Mass with my family…nor do I recall having a Nativity Manger and Stable…and I certainly do not remember EVER having an Advent Calendar…until I had children in London. Read more
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Fifteen years ago I hosted my first Thanksgiving in London. I was working full time at the time and invited 6 people for dinner and 10 more for dessert. I had my mother’s recipes, my grandmother’s recipes, a turkey from a butcher in Holland Park that cost more than 10 Butterballs, and I had absolutely no clue where to begin or what to do. Honestly… Read more
Wow!!! Has it really been 2 weeks since I posted ANYTHING? Ooops!!! The back to work and back to school grind has sort of set in then I suppose…either that or nobody is reading this anyway and not missing much!
Anyway, I have quite a few funny stories to tell from a weekend in Hong Kong …yes, I did say weekend. Crazy right? Sort of… Read more
It’s September and it’s back to London, back to work and back to school. We returned gratefully to the sun still shining, which we are all taking advantage of because we KNOW the clouds are coming…and the grey skies…and the rain…which we need of course, but which come and settle in for what seems days…and sometimes even weeks. Okay, enough….the sun is shining and I’m already missing it… Read more
It is the end of our month long summer visit to NY and NJ and we are back out on Long Island…on the south fork, past all of the Hamptons, on the eastern most point of Long Island…in Montauk…also known as The End… Read more
On the last night of ‘what it’s like’ in Avalon, on the Jersey Shore (more like Jersey Cape), we are s l o w l y packing up and getting ready to head back to NYC. We’ve all agreed to stay in (again!) tonight so that means cleaning out the frig, using up what we can, and ordering as much take away as we need to feed our crowd, together for one last night… Read more
Trying something new this summer, we have agreed to meet SIS and Brother-In-Law (BIL) on Seven Mile Beach. It’s a good thing I double checked how far it is from Bethpage Park (Duck Fans) because I almost booked a ticket to Grand Cayman!!!… Read more
For the first summer in a long time, I have not had the urge to pack my bags and leave London. The weather has been so gloriously hot and sunny that there really is no need to go anywhere…except ‘home’ to see the rest of my family…which is where I am right now… Read more
Apologies if you think I am telling you anything that you don’t already know about Prince William and Kate’s new baby boy… I’m not. Of course I wish them all the love and happiness in the world and as a mother, I wish ALL mothers all the love, HEALTH and happiness in the world…but at the moment, I’m thinking about St. Tropez, and specifically dancing at Les Caves du Roy… Read more
London is baking and we are all melting. I am loving it so am not complaining. My kids aren’t even complaining and they are still in school! But I need to complain a little bit about THAT. WHY are they still in school? Ah yes, the term thing again (Terminal Leave).