A day of two halves

After a spell of oppressively hot and unpleasantly humid weather, we were delighted to note that the forecast for the weekend was offering a reprieve, so we made plans to go walking with a friend. However, he wasn’t going anywhere until the morning football game was over, and since England were playing we felt we ought to show willing, so at just after 10am we found ourselves in a beer hall in Jersey City with a bunch of (mainly) England supporters from both sides of the Atlantic.

(I was drinking coffee.) Continue reading

Things we do for fun

Last Saturday it rained. All day. It felt just like being back in England. Generally this wouldn’t have been much of a problem, but of course we had planned to go skiing for the day, and had rented a car in anticipation. (To add insult to injury, the rest of the week had been perfect spring weather.) Skiing in the rain is really not the most pleasant way to spend a day so we decided not to go, but the prospect of any other kind of day trip didn’t measure up to the original plans. Continue reading

Kabuki, and other excursions

Having had a different sort of weekend, I thought it was probably time for an update. Rather than our usual culture-fest we spent most of Saturday, and half of Sunday, trekking around parts of New Jersey and Queens. Our aim is to find somewhere new to live when our current lease expires in the Autumn – we love the Upper East Side but it is a little pricey, plus after almost two years in the same place (two years!) it seems like a good time to try a different area – so we wanted to visit a few cheaper neighbourhoods and see what we thought of them. Mostly we eliminated options from the list, but we do have one or two possibilities to investigate further, so watch this space…! Continue reading