Monday, September 29, 2008

A Visit to Essex

Liverpool Street Station is much altered from when I was a child. (What isn't.....?)
I looked for echoes of childhood memories and discovered them in all the lanky buddleia bushes growing out of walls once one left the station.
The once black station is now very clean and moderne.
A thought: 30p/55cents is too much to charge for the ladies' room. Hm.......

The actual trains had pink inside. The first time I've seen pink used that way.
Susanna's winged messenger enjoyed the ride.

I was met by a most hospitable fellow-bogger Barbara and her husband Alan. I often go to Barbara's blog when I'm in America because it's quintessentially English.
We had a delicious lunch of homemade soup and bread, and later scones and toffee shortbread. YUM.
I had not realised before that Barbara is an accomplished watercolorist and calligrapher. (You can just see two of her paintings of the Cotswolds behind her.)

Anyway, we chatted and chatted non-stop and the afternoon flew by.
The weather was typically English - rain followed by a general sort of damp - but I was able to enjoy the garden I recognized well from her blog.

The goldfish swam merrily in the pool and the whole excursion was a delight.


  1. How lucky you are...always meeting fellow bloggers!

  2. A lovely and ineresting post. I always find it interesting to see how each blogger's giftings come out in differing ways.
    Don't think I have seen pink trains either.
    Thank you for coming, it was fun and sonice to meet you Elizabeth.
    Your Sunday post interesting, you always find a different way of doing photos.

  3. You both seem to have enjoyed meeting each other...that is always a wonderful thing....isn't blogging great! How many friends we have made we otherwise would never have had the opportunity to enjoy. Though most are only "on-line" friends, the interaction is no less real in many ways.

    I'm glad you two enjoyed your visit. And I get to see Barbara's goldfish pool too...I think that photo is especially artistic.

  4. Barbara's English garden is absolutely beautiful! Glad the two of you were able to meet and enjoy the afternoon!

    Your opening photo looks very dreamy and Hopper-ish.


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