After getting caught in a rainstorm on the way home, we made dinner for about 10 guests, families from the neighborhood. It was a great time, and I had a nice time cuddling with their 4-yr-old Eve. Then we put all the kids to bed, and I read a few pages before heading to bed. The next morning, I just had time for tea and toast with Andy and the kids before Rachel took me to Mile End Tube station, where I caught a train to Paddington Station and then to Heathrow.
It seems that I either begin or end my trips in Hackney; it's like a bookend to my trip abroad. And there's always something interesting going on, someone interesting to talk to. Here's a sampling of some of the things I've done while with the Turners in Hackney.
- taking long, lovely walks through the Docklands and Hackney Marsh with Rachel, discussing all kinds of things
- using too much soap in the washing-up, each and every time
- eating takeaway curry and kebabs with Billy after Greenbelt
- walking with Rachel to get the kids from school, seeing all the interesting sites in Hackney
- sleeping in Jessie's room, sleeping in Millie & Eve's room, sleeping in the lodger's room, sleeping in the lounge, sleeping in the cellar
- fixing tea (dinner) with Rachel -- for us, for the kids, for 10 dinner guests
- sleeping late
- watching Angela's Ashes and Notting Hill by myself
- watching Doctor Who with Rachel and Millie
- watching Starter for Ten with Rachel and her friend (whose name escapes me)
- visiting the Tate Modern museum
- doing laundry
- chatting with their lodgers (boarders) -- Rachel, Matsui, Nathan, John
A few years ago I told a man who was considering moving in, "You'll never have a dull day in this house." Fortunately, I've always known that to be true. Until next time!