across the pond, coziness + cocktails
We have only been in England for a mere 24 hours and already, my travel companion Jettie and I agree we’ve been shown enough hospitality to have lasted for a week’s worth of holiday. We arrived in the airport to a family running towards us with open arms and since then, have enjoyed a country ramble in the woods in Wellies, two cozy rooms with heavenly beds that knocked us out (along with jet lag) for 13 hours, tea with scones, clotted cream, and jam, a delicious lunch, dinner and breakfast (potato and leek soup with bread and amazing cheese, then butternut squash risotto with a cabbage and carrot salad, and homemade granola with yoghurt and fruit compote this morning), endless hugs and cuddles from three adorable little English girls, delightful after-dinner talks with our hosts, and the best gin and tonics either of us have ever had next to a crackling fire.
We’ve decided this is simply heaven.
It’s also an amazing and humbling lesson in what it is to receive. Being a person that loves to take care of people, feed them, and generally shower people with love and affection, it’s been a huge system shock to be shown this overwhelming brand of hospitality this family is showing us. I have never felt more welcomed and loved in my life; it’s a snapshot of exactly the kind of life, home, and family I hope to grow into someday.
Enjoy these snaps; we’re off today to explore the village, walk along the Thames, and enjoy a dinner and game night with friends tonight. Tomorrow, it’s New Year’s Eve in London!
(I think “blessed” is the biggest understatement I could make right now.)