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Episode 34 - The Tearoom moves to New England

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beanandspud Sat 22-Sep-12 23:25:15

At this time of year New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colours. The air is crisp and cool ? perfect for hiking, biking or a drive along back roads, where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins.

Everyone is welcome. There are tea, cakes and wine aplenty so pull up a comfortable chair and join us.

The usual rule applies - no fisticuffs please!

Scout19075 Wed 05-Dec-12 19:18:46


So very tired.

Scout19075 Wed 05-Dec-12 19:24:12

UniS, can I come live in your attic so I can join in all of your cool village activities?!?! I want village life...!

Jacksmania Wed 05-Dec-12 19:51:23


Thank you!!!!!!! Parcel 1 has arrived! You've made my morning so much sweeter. [hearts][hearts][hearts]flowers

Scout19075 Wed 05-Dec-12 19:58:00

YAY JM! Strange, though, because they were mailed together. Same with the postcards but two children in the same house got them on different days (and most children seemed to get them on the same day despite living in different parts of the country and/or different countries!).

Jacksmania Thu 06-Dec-12 00:04:59

Parcel 2 arrived today!!!! flowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowersflowers

My coffee is going to be so happy for months!!!!
Thank you!!!!

Scout19075 Thu 06-Dec-12 00:23:57

YAY for two parcels!

Scout19075 Thu 06-Dec-12 20:13:28

MrScout's home --Yay?!

ComeIntoTheMistletoeGardenMaud Thu 06-Dec-12 22:14:06

Yay to parcels and homecoming husbands!

ComeIntoTheMistletoeGardenMaud Thu 06-Dec-12 22:16:37

That photo of Boy's bike is stunning! You are so creative, UniS.

Scout19075 Fri 07-Dec-12 11:00:04

Warming brew of your choice is on the side. Along with an assortment of Christmas treats -- cookies, gingerbread houses, chocolate sleighs, mince pies, etc. All calorie free, vegetarian, gluten free, nut free, etc (whatever free you need it to be!).

mistlethrush Fri 07-Dec-12 11:08:59

Oooh lovely Scout, what a nice spread. I think I'll have a mid-morning warm, spicy fruit-based beverage with my gingerbread.

Off racing with the hound tomorrow - and mc is coming too (he cheered up when I told him what food was available - he's feeling very full of cold, but at least the temp has gone and he's back at school, much to DH's relief)

Scout19075 Fri 07-Dec-12 11:13:36

If it's not freezing rain (like it is now) we're off to The Electric Forest tomorrow night. There are fireworks and late shopping in town tonight but the fireworks are an hour later than normal and SB needs a quiet day so he & I will probably stay home (and I can watch them from our upstairs hall window).

beanandspud Fri 07-Dec-12 12:07:27

Thank you Scout, I'll have a brew and a cookie please.

We are going on the Santa train tomorrow which Small Bean is looking forward to. He has done four nativity 'performances' this week and is shattered - I just about had to lift him out of bed this morning to get him ready for school.

Scout19075 Fri 07-Dec-12 12:12:12

Santa train!

We thought of trying to do one with the PiL the weekend before Christmas but don't know if one's been booked. I hope the Bean family have a great ride!

Scout19075 Fri 07-Dec-12 15:45:59

Fun in a geeky way.

Jacksmania Fri 07-Dec-12 19:57:48

It rained ice last night. Would anyone like some? [brrrrr]

UniS Fri 07-Dec-12 19:59:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Scout19075 Fri 07-Dec-12 20:13:34

UniS, you might want to double check that link....

UniS Fri 07-Dec-12 20:45:32


Scout19075 Fri 07-Dec-12 23:02:14

I just checked on SB. When I gave him Bunny, who had fallen on the floor, he snuggled in and was so relaxed with his face that his expression looked exactly like one of the 3D scan photos of him at 20-something weeks. It was very sweet but a bit creepy at the same time.

Scout19075 Sat 08-Dec-12 09:48:37

JM, the postcard from JB arrived this morning. It was the only post. SB VERY excited that the only post today is for him.

Scout19075 Sat 08-Dec-12 11:10:11

British Etiquette question regarding Christmas cards: I'm in the process of finishing up our Christmas cards and am stumped.

I have a circle of friends that I know through SB. We get together with the kids, do activities or go someplace to play. In this circle I have met half of the husbands, usually briefly/in passing (for example, run into the family at the grocery store so there's introductions/hello's and polite chatter for a few minutes) but none to know well. I know all of the husband's names. Only one of this circle has met MrScout (and that was a brief/in passing meeting a few weeks ago). SB has made Christmas cards and we were going to send them to "XYZ family" -- would it be presumptious to list the husbands'/fathers' name in the "Dear so-and-so and child" bit and to include MrScout's name in the "with love" bit? To me they're part of the family (for obvious reasons!) and want to include them but am afraid the folks around me will think I'm weird since I may not have met them/they haven't met MrScout.

Gah! This time of year is a minefield!

Also, just curious really: What do you call your husband's relatives? As in, do you call them Aunt/Uncle/Nan/Grandpa, etc? Only ask because I wrote out the card to MrScout's Aunt & Uncle (the only ones he has) and because I write the card/address the envelope I wrote "Dear A & B." I don't think of them as aunt & uncle -- I see them once a year, usually around Christmas -- but they also give us all a little gift and on mine MrScout's aunt signs it "aunt & uncle." It makes me uncomfortable but in thinking about it today am worried I'm offending them by not. Gah!

More minefieldery!

ComeIntoTheMistletoeGardenMaud Sat 08-Dec-12 18:46:50

Scout - I don't know whether it's a particularly British thing or not, but I would always sign cards as from the three of us and address them to the whole family. I have noticed in the past, though, that other people do things differently. I always send a card, for example, to our UH and her partner (who I've met quite often) but she signs the card only from her. Mind you, she is American.

As for aunts and uncles, in my family people drop the 'auntie' and 'uncle' bit with adult children and so I would call my aunts and uncles by their first names. I call The Bloke's aunts and uncles by their first names, too. I never notice what he actually calls them, but he does still write cards to auntie Muriel and uncle Stanley.

beanandspud Sat 08-Dec-12 21:07:03

Scout, I'm with Maud and I would sign cards from all three of us and address to the whole family.

Not sure about Auntie and Uncles though, I address mine with their first names but we send Christmas cards and see them about every five years (weddings, funerals...)

:: Opens the Saturday wine::

We had a good time on the Santa train and Small Bean thankfully didn't come up with any surprise presents that I might not have bought.

Are you watching 'Strictly' Maud? Who is your 50p on to win?

ComeIntoTheMistletoeGardenMaud Sat 08-Dec-12 21:25:10

::Accepts wine gratefully::

Oh yes, we are a Strictly house. I would like Lisa or Dani to win, but suspect that Denise will.

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