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Lincoln and Beyond

Before venturing outside of Lincoln, Harriet, Steve and I took advantage of the warm weather and went down to city centre to see the Brayford Wharf, the home of many beautiful swans. I’m sure I have taken hundreds of photos of the swans in all four seasons.

Enjoying the Weather at the Brayford

Enjoying the Weather at the Brayford

We parked at Lucy Tower car park, recently re-opened after a long renovation. The parking meter ingested our money but did not acknowledge it. So Steve called the number on the meter and someone said they were on their way. A few minutes later the attendant came by and had a serious talk with the meter, and we were on our way to lunch at Zizzi, an Italian restaurant on the Brayford.

Zizzi Italian Restaurant

Zizzi Italian Restaurant

LIM (Lincoln Independent Minyan) arranged a meeting at Pat & Peter’s home in Dunston the next day. We swung by Swinderby to collect Yvonne. Harriet was enjoying visiting the small villages dotted around Lincoln.

On the Way to Dunston

On the Way to Dunston

At the meeting we voted on various decisions, and then Pat & Peter served a lovely lunch. On the way home Yvonne invited us in for a cup of tea, which gave Yvonne an opportunity to share with Harriet some of her extraordinary stories from her childhood.

Harriet, Steve,Natan, Yvonne, Peter & Pat

Harriet, Steve, Ruth, Yvonne, Peter & Pat

Bishop Grosseteste University was having a concert on Friday evening, and although none of us knew what to expect, we knew that we would have a good time. Well that was an understatement. It was truly excellent. Being held in the chapel, the acoustics were wonderful.

The Choir Performs in the Chapel at Bishop Grosseteste

The Choir Performs in the Chapel at Bishop Grosseteste University

I wanted to introduce Harriet to our synagogue in Nottingham, Nottingham Liberal Synagogue. This particular Saturday was a bit special in that a Bat Mitzvah was on the agenda. I introduced Harriet to Rabbi Tanya and they chatted for a while. Harriet told her that the main difference between today’s service and one in her home synagogue in Orange County, California was that Harriet’s synagogue doesn’t have a prayer for the Queen and the Royal Family.

Nottingham Liberal Sysnagogue

Nottingham Liberal Synagogue

We took advantage of being not that far from Costco to do a bit of shopping. The nearest Costco to Nottingham is Leicester, a Costco that we hadn’t been to before.

Harriet Feeling at Home

Harriet Feeling at Home

Harriet met a food demonstrator and they chatted for a long time. Harriet’s husband, Ben, works at Costco in Fountain Valley, California, also as a food demonstrator.

Chatting with a Food Demonstrator

Chatting with a Food Demonstrator

Next stop: London!

 

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Steve and I wanted to give Harriet “The Lincoln Experience,” otherwise known as “A week in our lives in Lincoln.” Over the next several days, Harriet gladly accompanied us on our errands around town, although sometimes the errands came to us, as when our friend Dorothy delivered a dozen free-range eggs straight from the farm.  All of the photos in this installment are Harriet’s.

Steve was preparing to submit his application for a British passport and needed to get some passport photos, so off they went to Tesco’s photo booth for instant results.

Steve at the Photo Booth

Steve at the Photo Booth

On the way home, they stopped at Aldi for chicken and groceries. Back at home Harriet volunteered to help with shredding a pile of papers that have been accumulating for quite a while. She kept the shredder running at full capacity and both she and the shredder had to take a break every ten minutes or so.

The three of us went to Gino’s Italian restaurant for a mini celebration, followed by an evening walk around uphill Lincoln. We returned home and warmed up with a cup of tea and some dark (healthy!) chocolate. We watched The Vicar of Dibley on TV by candlelight.

The next morning Harriet told us that she watched about half of her DVD, Forest Gump, before going to sleep, only to be awakened at 2:24 am by a text message, from someone in California, which is eight hours behind the UK. Such is the life of a world traveller!

We stopped by our friends David and Sandra after lunch. David offered to sign a legal document that Steve needed for his British Passport. They warmly welcomed Harriet to their home.

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

After dinner, we walked down to the Lincoln Cathedral for the Stations of the Cross program. This was the Devotional Concert at the Lincoln Cathedral, part of the Easter weekend program. There was a choir and an Organist. The organist, Claire Innes-Hopkins, a young woman, was unbelievable. Afterwards we walked home, had tea, and watched TV.

By Saturday morning, Steve had completed his passport application, and he sent it off at the Post Office. They offered a check & send service where they look through the application to make sure that everything was good to go. One less thing to worry about.

At the Castle Square Market

Maxine & Harriet at the Castle Square Market

There was a market in Castle Square, offering everything from fresh fish to colourful mushrooms.

Fresh Mushrooms

Fresh Mushrooms

We walked from uphill Lincoln down to city centre, stopping at Jews Court, Imperial Tea & Coffee Shop,

Imperial Tea & Coffee on Steep Hill

Imperial Tea & Coffee on Steep Hill

Paula’s handbag shop stopping for lunch at the High Bridge Café, where my favourite table overlooking the river, was available.

The View from My Favourite Table

The View from My Favourite Table

The walk back up Steep Hill was just as the name says – steep!

We had lunch at the Thai restaurant in the Bailgate, one of my favourites. We heard some American voices, so I had to go meet them. We were walking home in the same direction and they invited us for a drink at the Morning Star Pub. Only a hundred yards or so from our apartment, but we had never stopped in.

The Morning Star pub

The Morning Star pub

We had a beer, chatted for a while, and were on our way. It makes it easy to make friends in a pub-based culture. Steve and I took Harriet to the cathedral to experience a special occasion – an Easter service.

Amazing that a whole week has come and gone since Harriet arrived. We were having so much fun that I didn’t want the time to pass too quickly.

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