HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! What a great weekend it has been, I only wish that when there is a holiday weekend that everything shut down so everyone could enjoy it…families could be together and it could be a truly happy holiday. Actually, it is also a holiday weekend in England, called a bank holiday…..named after an old law and tradition when the banks closed. Just like here, there are always things going on….lots of activities put on for the children and families, beaches are busy with the beachside restaurants and cafes full to bursting and making a great living after the slower season of winter! In our town of Southend on sea there will usually be motorbikes collecting from all over the area, the circus will be in town and there will be a happy atmosphere all over!
On Monday our football team of Southend will be parading in an open top bus along the seafront proudly showing the cup that has just been won for the first time. The streets will be lined with fans waving and cheering because you know that in England we take our football VERY seriously (just do not ask me too many questions about the off side rule!)
We went to see a wonderful film on Tuesday, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren. A true story about Maria Altman who had her family’s paintings stolen by the Nazis during WW2. She famously tookl the Austrian Government to court and won them back after a long struggle….the paintings are now in a New York Gallery….a very inspiring story!
Wednesday morning saw us take our favourite seniors to breakfast at TooJays. We were joined by Clifford Taylor, who is the person that The Clifford Taylor School is named after and the school where I volunteer each Tuesday. He is now in his 90’s as is another of the seniors but they are amazing company and have such stories to tell about the early days of Lake Worth…….fascinating! And of course, the photographs and artefacts in the Lake Worth Museum show the growth of this wonderful town over the years.
We did not cycle on Thursday but instead went to Don Ramon’s on Dixie where Aidana Ballesdaro and a famous tango dancer who is visiting the town, gave a great display of the dance. It was an exciting evening with much frivolity and fun.
On Friday we were all treated to a great display at The Clay Glass Gallery on J Street where the Senior artists who have been given grants to work at the new clay studio on F Street South. Joyce Greenburg, who runs both galleries is an amazing lady who obtains grants for artists and ensures that both young and old in the town benefit from these. A wonderful exhibition of work, without a doubt, worth a visit if you are in the area.
Sunday was church as usual, I love St Andrews there is something so appealing about the place, I never attend church in England but never miss Sunday service here. Pastor Paul is very down to Earth and inspiring, the congregation is made up of a mixture of young and old from all walks of life and very welcoming. It was our turn to host the brunch…….I baked English scones because I know they al love them.
Tango night again yesterday, hosted by Celeste…….it was a fabulous event……painting and art work displays adorned the fences and walls of the garden…artists painted…..dancers tangoing……food in abundance and above all, lots of nice people all enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. We cycled home with the sounds and sights of fireworks, the smell of barbecues and the sound of people chatting and enjoying the fact that Monday was a holiday so no need for an early night.
I hope Memorial Day is a good day for you and you can relax and enjoy whatever you have planned……….https://youtu.be/sL_KUQOPjn0 tango video
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