It’s August and I’m in London visiting my very good friends, Marlene & Wayne. It’s a time for lots of conversation, good eats, nice wine, movies and friendship. I always talk too much because I’m conversation deprived in Tillsonburg. So information gets shot out at an accelerated speed, subject vary wildly and sometimes don’t go too far. We have lots to catch up on.
Friday night we settled in for a movie — Wayne was at the controls of Netflix and there was Marlene, their daughter Kelly and I. Right from the start it was a weird movie – crude, rude and awful but Wayne wouldn’t tell us what it was called. We had to overrule him to get him to change it. We ended up watching “Girl on a Bicycle which was mostly in English with some subtitles. I liked the movie, but it was all that great – Marlene left partway through.
Saturday, Marlene cooked up some eggs Benedict for breakfast — good start. She made a cranberry coffeecake and I was rolling pie crust for a couple of blueberry pies. Those are waiting for us for Sunday night dessert. After that we just hung out at home, check out the flower garden, listened to CBC radio, read, had a nap – just a lazy day. We had a 65th birthday party to attend later for Robert at his and Claire’s house which is just up the road. Nice party, new people to meet plus some familiar faces. Over the years I’ve got to know some of this crowd as they are mutual friends. There are lots of gatherings at Wayne and Marlene’s so I’ve made some acquaintances. The party was a little subdued which I’m sure was connected to the weather. Yesterday was overcast all day – no rain, but no sunshine. So it wasn’t the summer deck party they were hoping for.
Home about 10 pm – Kelly was back from work and we settled into a movie — “Snow White and the Huntsman”. A heavily CGI’ed movie, rather dark, but I quite liked it. I enjoy a fantasy movie from time to time.
Sunday and Wayne cooked mush for breakfast. Marlene and set off for the garden centre .. lots of great plants on sale — I bought a pretty pinky coleus to add to a planter at home. I was tempted to buy more, but I’m not exactly sure whether I’m going to Windsor or just heading back home. Plus I spend too much on flowers and I need to watch that.
We stopped at Angelo’s, a great Italian grocery and specialty store — beautiful deli, bakery and produce plus all the other grocery items. I picked up a few ‘tube foods’ — tomato paste, anchovy paste, Hungarian goulash paste – great stuff to have in your kitchen toolkit to jazz up my cooking. Marlene picked up fixings for sandwiches — Tuscan Ham, Portuguese rolls, a Kale-vegetable salad for the most delicious fresh sandwiches. Now some relaxation time – Wayne doing a Sudoku, Marlene sitting in the sun to read and I’m writing this blog.
No matter what we do on a weekend, it is always such a treat and retreat for me. I feel like I’m back in the real world and I always feel re-energized. This is my sanctuary.
It’s about 4 o’clock and still lots to look forward to — a dinner of lamb and salmon, a bottle of wine, some blueberry pie and an evening of tv of some sort – probably a movie. Tomorrow is back to work for them, I’ll do a little shopping and then head back to Tillsonburg – filled with happy memories.