Saturday, June 28, 2014

No duty is more important than that of returning thanks.

Bacon now a big thing on American menus. Bacon ice cream ? American Haggis ? 
The best Indian food in town ? Certainly as good as anything in London.
The font has  lemon posset . Strawberries dipped in blue meringue and bacon ice cream. 
 An answer to a question I never asked . Only in America.
A great view of the proceedings.
 In the garden a little touch of Scotland.
Outside the White House....
This leaves me speechless. Untranslatable.
 Yes, but at a rather more gentle pace .
A much needed revitalizer. Why is French wine cheaper in the US than France ? And yes, we were drinking from tumblers.

An unknown man in the queue at Starbucks introduces himself. He's an expert on Stink Bungs.

And for a hot and humid Saturday morning here's some old Scots ritual music sung the American way. No Scottish gathering , even the most joyful, is complete without the 23rd psalm. This is a version I'd never heard before. There's something about the resolution of the minor to the major between the third and fourth stanzas that makes it very Puritan and achingly beautiful. Ethereal music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUvxPGxZt-s

17 comments:

  1. Looks like it was 'more' than a holiday. Love the psalm.
    Angie and Mike xxxx

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  2. BOL, yup us Americans luv our bacon.

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  3. What are "service animals"?

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    1. Since people are allowed to bring their service --- or therapy-- dogs into restaurants and other places where dogs aren't usually allowed, I think this little sign acknowledges their presence and their basic needs, Unlike rest areas on some highways where dogs are not allowed in the restroom and a person traveling alone has a serious dilemma.

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  4. Pork haggis? Is that allowed? Australian wine is much cheaper in the US, as well.

    Have family who battle the stink bug invasion every year.

    XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

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  5. "Like a bloodhound after an escaped felon"....who writes this stuff....made me laugh and I got the point.
    Loved the music...so nice and calming at this early morning hour over here.
    Loved the beautiful interior of the church/cathedral.....great photo Angus.

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  6. Yes, only in America .....and a reminder of the "diversity" in the area I have called home for more than 20 years. As for my nemesis the dreaded brown-marmorated-stink-bug, I've only shared my extensive first hand contact with them on my blog; I'd not thought of sharing my expertise with unsuspecting Starbucks customers--How unfortunate for you and 'the font.' However it appears that other parts of your trip were bit more enjoyable, at least I hope they were.

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  7. Stemless wine glasses! They were a big fad a while back, showing up in all sorts of fashionable spots. Even old school Waterford produced them in their Lismore pattern. Vanished as quickly as they came for the most part. Nasty things, really.

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    1. We have two made by Reidel and don't really like them.

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    2. Reidel was the originator of the stemless wine glass.

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  8. Did you bring back American dog treats and toys for Bob and Sophie? Seattle went through quite the bacon trend a couple of years ago. Bacon salt was the start of it all, then bacon ice cream etc. American bacon has less meat/more fat than the wonderful Scottish bacon or gammon. British hotel breakfasts....sigh.....................

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  9. A beautiful moment of repose, in gratitude.
    xo

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  10. Alas, slabs of bacon, what most of us Americans need. Tho, I've not seen bacon jam, why would you waste it on haggis?? And not a mention of turkey bacon--hmmmm??? Thanks for the music.

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  11. Love the National Cathedral - and the music was wonderful. An interesting vacation.

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  12. I assume "face bacon" is pork cheeks?

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