Good morning to the wonderful Lake Worth……I hope your weather has improved somewhat and you are back to the glorious sunshine that should be warming you all up at this time of year. Judging by the photographs that I see, the rain and cold has gone!!!
Here in England we continue to be battered by the unusual storms, it really has been quite amazing and relentless and the resilience of people has been truly tried and tested. A good example of our changeable weather is shown here where the palm trees can be seen with a bright blue sky behind and the next day with grey thunderclouds behind, amazing! It never seems to put of the surf kiters who appear to be on the water no matter what the weather.We are so lucky here because the floods are not as bad, it is the wind which has caused huge damage……but people pull together and we get through it!
Speaking of pulling through, I was in London yesterday to see my gorgeous goddaughter who has moved to Peckham, anyone who watches Only Fools and Horses, a British comedy, will know that this is where Del Boy lived. In 2011 there were dreadful riots and people were hurt and shops were looted, it was a dreadful time there and in order to restore the sense of community, people were voted to write down reasons to love the area. It was so wonderful that all the notes were made onto permanent reminders of why it made sense to live there. The wall is huge and looks fabulous against the sky, pretty much like the new wall at The Gray Mockingbird garden in Lake Worth, except that this was created by the ordinary everyday residents. I love the idea and think that perhaps there should be a peace wall in every town and city. There are even blank tiles and you can continue to contribute, which of course, we did!
Last Tuesday was an interesting day in my volunteer role…..an American lady came into the shop asking to buy the glorious high heels I had displayed in the window, they really were gorgeously feminine, leopard skin, peep toe and VERY high. We got chatting and she told me she lives here in Westcliff and had places in California and Washington State. It transpired that she is the wife of Buddy Greco who performed regularly on stage in England. She was lovely and off she went with the shoes and I enviously watched her going out of the door wishing I had had the foresight to buy the shoes for myself even if all I did was look at them! Later that evening, I googled Buddy Greco and found that she herself was a singer and performed Peggy Lee tributes,
Lezlie Anders is her name and she was so friendly and extremely happy living in England where she said there was a real appreciation of music, that made me feel happy. Anyway, she later put a message on Facebook for me saying that the shoes had not fitted so she was redonating them, so it looks as if I could get my shoes after all!
On valentines Day ten of us ladies went to a friends house for a meal, it was lovely and we ate and drank wine, all the time chatting about how valuable friendship is……..unlike America we generally only send cards and gifts to boyfriends and girlfriends or husbands and wives, I would like to continue and make it a friendship tradition every year, great opportunities to celebrate friendships.
Today I was in London again, this time to Greenwich which is an amazingly interesting place…home of the meridian time line. In the Greenwich Observatory people can get to stand on either side of the line with one foot in the Eastern Hemisphere and one in the Western Hemisphere … what about that then??? It is a gorgeous building, one which I love. A must see if you are visiting this country. The other really wonderful sight if you are in Greenwich is The Cutty Sark, a newly refurbished model of the very famous tea clipper which a couple of years ago burnt down and was so badly damaged, today it is renewed and looks fabulously resplendent on the river.
So my friends have a wonderful week full of wonderful things, one of which of course, is the Street Painting Festival, an event which is top of my must see list…enjoy!