Hi Mona -
We’re all feeling a bit homesick for the U.S. right now. The director brought a group of Fraternity boys over from Florida for a few of the scenes….the British girls were quite taken with the boys! We all had a good laugh over the “Toga Party” scenes – who knew you could have so much fun dressing up in a sheet?
I’ve gotten used to being called Love and Dearie (makes me feel a bit like a Grandmother), and the Brit’s are all so very nice and accommodating over here – very polite. I am amazed at how dressed up everyone gets on a day to day basis. A lot of the girls wear false eyelashes on a daily basis and the highest heels imaginable (makes me shudder a bit). We Americans are much more casual than they are over here. I’ve had to step up my game a bit.
I treated myself to a movie the other day – not having to show up to film until 5:30 p.m. When you buy a ticket to a movie here you have a reserved seat – and the advertisements before the movie last about a half an hour. The general seats don’t rock like ours do in the states – you have to buy a premium seat to get that feature. I also went to a Lunchtime Organ Recital at a gorgeous old church, Leeds Parish Church built in 1841. The organist played music by Bach, Joseph Bonnet, and William Harris – including the Coronation March (Orb and Sceptre) written for Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953. Gorgeous music in a gorgeous setting!
One can walk into a pub anytime of the day and see people all dressed up having an ale – not just after work – I guess the three martini lunch still exists over here . The pub fare is quite interesting and not at all healthy. If you order a salad you have to request dressing – it usually comes out “undressed” as they say. Do you realize the only pies they eat over here are meat pies – not the dessert kind we’re used to? The fish and chips are outstanding – and the chips (fries in the States) are rather broad and served with vinegar instead of ketchup.
I’m planning a day trip to York next weekend – everyone says it’s a must see before I leave. I have been doing a bit of research on the area and can’t wait to share it with all of you. Am hoping the weather holds – we’ve had some glorious sunshine, although the winds are a bit ferocious!