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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Dried Fruit and Christmas Lights

Went to this excellent, amazing food store on Atlantic Avenue and bought lovely dried fruit. Apricots from Turkey and dates from California, dried without sulphur. Yum yum yum. I had to eat the dried figs straight away. And the dried cranberries. I love dried cranberries and they are something that's SO much cheaper in New York.

I then bought some Xmas lights of the type that Debs said that she wanted, and when I got home she'd bought 4 boxes of them. Jeesh, my good ideas didn't work out. But I managed to get some paint thinner. I realise now that hardware stores in NYC are not really like British hardware stores. They are more like chemists and homeware stores, with a little bit of hardware in the corner. Which is why I didn't find a hardware store earlier.

On the way back from Mitch's we walked through picturesque Cobble Hill and he pointed out a plaque on one of the houses saying that Jennie Jerome was born and lived there, that is, Winston Churchill's mother. Nice house. I knew the story because I'd done a dissertation on Randolph Churchill, that is Winston's dad, for my history A level.


  1. I wouldn't like to be the one to string the lights up across the streets in Manhattan - some job!

  2. you're fortunate then that you do - what is it you do Tony?

  3. The former Customs & Excise - now Revenue & Customs - specifically excise duties. But my mind is elsewhere - I rarely talk about work in my sonnets!!)