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Shortly after Steve and I returned from California in March, our friend Harriet came to visit us in Lincoln. We both agreed to keep a daily journal of her visit – her first to England – and then combine it into one, and then share with all of you. This is my first guest-authored blog. I’m hoping it gives you an idea of the fun we all had.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Leaving Los Angeles

Harriet Leaving for LAX

Harriet Leaving for LAX

After going through security at LAX, which went well, I proceeded to gate 45. Around 5:50 pm we were taken to another terminal (about a 20 minute ride). Due to all the construction at LAX we were leaving from a different area than the usual departure gate. After boarding the plane, the pilot announced that there was a delay due to some maintenance issues. Every 10 or 15 minutes he announced that they were still working on the maintenance, and in his words, had to scrounge for the part. Finally the pilot made an announcement that the maintenance issue had been corrected and as soon as all the paperwork was completed we would be taking off. He repeated this announcement two more times and by 9:15 (1 hour and 45 minutes late) we finally took off.

The flight went well. At times there was quite a bit of turbulence. It was a long flight, approximately 10 hours. We were due to arrive at Heathrow Airport at 2:20pm (BST) and arrived at 2:45pm. The pilots made up the time that we were delayed resulting with only 15-minute delay.

Almost There!

Almost There!

The best part of my arrival was passing duty free shop and through the doors that led to the area where I saw Maxine and Steve. What a greeting I received. There was Maxine with her camera, taking photos of my arrival at Heathrow Terminal 3.

Harriet & Maxine

Harriet & Maxine

We then proceeded to their car and began our drive to Lincoln. It is 150 miles and took about 2 1/2 hours. We stopped at Peterborough rest stop and I had a wonderful chicken sandwich. I even took a photo of it.

My Chicken Sandwich

My Chicken Sandwich

We had a relaxing time while drinking our cups of coffee and latte. It is similar to Starbuck’s. We also purchased some groceries at M&S (Marks & Spencer): milk, bread, cheese, etc.

Back in the car and we continued our drive to Lincoln. What a beautiful drive! The landscape is unbelievable. There were huge areas of beautiful yellow blossoms. The flowers are rapeseed. Before landing,  I could see the large patches of yellow.

Yellow Everywhere

Yellow Everywhere

We finally arrived at my temporary home, the apartment of Maxine and Steve. After bringing in my luggage, we went to their neighbor to retrieve their keys and then to the mailbox area to gather two weeks of mail.

We returned to the apartment and relaxed with a cup of tea and talked until 11:30 pm. It was time to get ready to say goodnight. I decided to do my unpacking and then begin to document my experience before the details slip out of my mind.

It is now April 17, 2014 at 12:26 am and I’m going to sleep.

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I took on a project of contacting each of the 33 Council of Christians and Jews Branches to find out what events & happenings they were having and to encourage them to put them on the National CCJ Website. It turned out to be a serendipity for me as I got to know many of the branches. When I called the Sheffield branch and introduced myself to the Chairman, Katherine, I shared with her that I have a connection with Sheffield – although my mom spent most of her life in America she was originally from Sheffield and I still have relatives living there that I visit regularly – we both got excited. After a long conversation we decided that it would be a good idea for the Sheffield CCJ branch to come for a visit to Lincoln.

We both took the idea to our committees and the planning began. We had the Leeds CCJ branch visit us last year and it was a successful event, so we had much of the plans in place for the Sheffield visit. We agreed that a tour of the Lincoln Cathedral and the Jewish Heritage Trail in Lincoln would set the foundation for an educational and interesting visit. We included time for some shopping in the Bailgate area, lunch and a stroll down Steep Hill.

Dorothy Explaining the History

Dorothy Explaining the Jewish History of Lincoln

Just two weeks before Sheffield’s visit to Lincoln, Steve & I were in Sheffield at the synagogue for Shabbat services to attend my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah. My Aunt Jackie was also there and when she saw me she said that Katherine, the Chairman of the Sheffield CCJ Branch, would like to meet you. We found her in the crowd and were introduced to each other with a welcome hug. It was so nice to meet her in person as she told me how excited the group was about their upcoming visit to Lincoln.

My Aunt Jackie

My Aunt Jackie (2nd from the right)

Two weeks later I was greeting the twenty-eight members as they got off of the coach and to my surprise my Aunt Jackie got off of the bus too. We gave each other a big hug and we told everyone that we are related and began our walk to the Lincoln Cathedral.

Outside Lincoln Cathedral

Outside Lincoln Cathedral

Three of my committee members volunteered to help me host the Sheffield group for the day. Rev’d Mike Mason took care of the logistics, Dorothy Moss was their guide for the Jewish Heritage Trail and the Cathedral, and Doug Horn made sure that lunch time went smoothly, whilst I filled in throughout the day to make sure that everyone was taken care of and that we stayed on schedule and took time to talk with many of the people from Sheffield.

Inside Jews Court

Inside Jews Court

As we said goodbye we felt a connection between Sheffield and Lincoln and that CCJ brought us together. They thanked us and told us how much they enjoyed their visit to Lincoln. We told them how much we enjoyed sharing this experience with all of them.

In Front of Jews Court

In Front of Jews Court

They are a wonderful group of people and it was our pleasure to have them visit us in Lincoln.

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