Tuesday, February 9, 2010

English countryside

It has been awhile since I last wrote.

The same week we moved to our new apartment, I went to England for five days to speak at a women's conference. It was GREAT! I loved England and I loved the women I met there. The countryside was lovely. I even saw sunshine, which I had not seen in Poland for awhile.


The women in England were warm and welcoming. Not at all like the stuffy, snobby women you read about! ;) I made some friends that I want to know for a lifetime. We laughed together and cried together. It was just a great time. I did not realize how much I needed a break until I returned, feeling very good about my time there.


I had heard people who visit England complain about the food. Well, being in the coffee shop business I pay attention to food. I have to tell you I had a Linzer tart on my first night there that nearly stopped my heart, and I fell in LOVE! A light almond shortbread pastry with a raspberry jam filling....to DIE FOR!( I am NOT kidding!)


Aside from that my friend Lindy and I stayed with some friends who had a large African Grey Parrot. IT was a beautiful bird. John, the owner of the bird, told me some terrible cat stories. (He is not a cat lover.) So later, when I would talk to the bird I would say "What does a kitty say? MEOW!" I said it over and over to the bird over a few days, while he just sat and looked at me. The last night we had supper the bird was in the other room. He was trying to get our attention, but when his whistling and calling did not work we heard him say "What does a kitty say? MEOW!" I laughed so hard and felt so totally victorious! John was not as amused as I was! ;)

Hope you like the pictures from the pretty Yorkshire village we visited. I had lunch with Mair and Lindy here. My Stilton and Broccoli soup was GREAT! We had such a nice walk on a cold sunny day.

Wish you could have been there!

18 comments:

D'Anna said...

Looks lovely! Glad you're back, I was getting worried about you! : )

Rural Revival said...

It looks lovely, someplace I would definitely like to travel to someday. I'm glad you had a wonderful time. Kudos to you for training the parrot...that is TOO funny! : )

Be well! ~Andrea~

Farmgirl Paints said...

I wish I could have been there too. What a fun little get-away. I went to England in high school. Our church choir performed in churches all over. It's actually where I fell in love with my Honey:) So great memories for me as well.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh and that parrot! Too funny:) I would have loved that personally.

Beth said...

Oh... I just love your pictures from the trip! Looks like so much fun. Really pretty there.
Hope you all are having a good week....thanks for stopping by. Now back to checking out your post some more..... :)

Beth

Dar said...

Thank you so much for taking me on a walk with you. England is lovely, isn't she? And the parrot?...very entertaining. They really are so smart.
God Bless Your Travels

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I love your pictures of the Yorkshire Village. The trip sounds like it was heavenly.

That is so awesome that you went there to speak to a group of women. Have you spoken a lot to groups? That is something I really feel God wants me to do. I'm still trying to figure out the plan to make it happen.

I've missed you! Glad you are back.

Lee Ann

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Your photos are so lovely! Oh, it just looks so dreamy there. That is tooooo funny about that parrot!!!

beachy keen girl said...

I LOVE England - I lived there for a few months in college and fell in love immediately! Glad you had a wonderful time :)

Lissa said...

I've been there before!! I was only 14 so I barely remember it! but how neat! Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Jackie said...

So glad you're back! The photos from England are so lovely. I'm always thinking of English gardens when I'm planting and would love to go there someday. What a blessing that you are able to do that and go and speak to a women's group too.

Hope you have a great day.
Jackie

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you Rhonda for my stained glass angel. I received it in the mail today and love it! It is such a beautiful piece of art and it means so much to me coming from you and from Poland. It will be a priceless piece hanging in my house. I will love telling others where I got it from. Now if I could just mail myself over to your coffee shop so we could chat in person, I would be completely satisfied!

Thank you Rhonda! I blogged about you today.

Lee Ann

Amy@LivinginHarmony said...

I am visiting you from LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious. I loved the stain glass angel the you sent her and I love what I have seen of your blog so far. I will be back to check in again.

Jessica Fuller said...

I want to go THERE! Wonderful pictures! And the tart sounds divine. :)

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Wow what an exiting life you have...thank you for your motivational comments, you make my day! Hugs, Kimberly

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Wow what an exiting life you have...thank you for your motivational comments, you make my day! Hugs, Kimberly

Susan at Charm of the Carolines said...

That sounds lovely! Wish I could be there!

Susan

Ange said...

What topic did you speak on at the women's conference? I'm intrigued!!