25 November 2011

PostScript: Happy Thanksgiving From The UK

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

I thought you may enjoy some details of my English Thanksgiving yesterday

After dropping the kids off at school,
I skipped into London with some girlfriends to St Paul's Cathedral
for an American church service

Although there were quite a few tents with protester signs,
most appeared to be 'unoccupied'

Due to photography prohibited during the service,
you'll just have to picture the choir singing beautiful hymns
US servicemen bringing the American flag forward
the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom giving a speech
followed by an American pastor delivering a sermon in a typical humorous, casual American way 

As far as my eye could see, the cathedral was packed with Americans and other nationalities

We saw the secret service for the Ambassador
and maybe even some spies among us!

Being Thanksgiving, we had sushi for lunch of course :)

Yo! Sushi

I'd seen, but never tried, these conveyor belt sushi restaurants
where you pick up what you want as it passes by

The color of the container indicates price

It was fun and yummy :)

We headed home to collect our kiddos from school,
followed by cuddles for our newest family member

Bamboo, 8 weeks old

This is one cool kitty purr machine
We figured there is never a good time to get a kitten, so why not now?
He has brought squeals and giggles to our family,
ten fold

This little 'moggy' (non-pedigree) cat has a 75% chance of being hard of hearing due to its white genetics
which can create a chill'n cat who won't startle easily

Anyway, we headed over to the pub for an American Thanksgiving Dinner, 
which was loads of fun in a restaurant filled with our extended expat 'family'

I had to smile when the Yorkshire Pudding was passed around during our traditional meal
Maybe it's a little know fact the Pilgrims liked their Yorkshire Pudding?

I fell asleep on the couch, stuffed of course,
while my husband watched the Cowboy/Dolphin football game 
into the wee hours due to the time difference

It was a wonderful day to count our blessings
and certainly a memorable Thanksgiving abroad

Wishing you a weekend of thanksgiving, wherever you are!


Coming up Wednesday
with extended days


Hope to see you there :)

- all photos by me -


Pet said...

I never thought of that. Sure that the pilgrims liked their Yorkshire pudding too!
I'm glad that you did have a happy Thanksgiving.

Liene said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

greenthumb said...

Talk about busy, that's one cute little kitty cat .

Ellie said...

That sounds like a very full and fun day. :)

Zosia said...

Sounds like a great new tradition (sushi for Thanksgiving!). The kitty is picture purrrfect.

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving day. Such a cute kitten and an interesting fact about its chances of being hard of hearing. I have a family of hard of hearing individuals or are they just deliberately ignoring me!

Joyce said...

Somtimes being away from home on a holiday like Thanksgiving makes you appreciate it all the more. Have fun with your new addition!

Holledayz said...

I know that sushi place, right across from St. Pauls! That is exactly what we did two years ago on Thanksgiving day...minus the tents outside of course. This year I cooked the thanksgiving turkey in Boston but will be returning to London after Saturday football. So glad you were able to enjoy a very American holiday plus the Y pudding!

Laura said...

Glad to hear you had a Happy Thanksgiving. I just read your post aloud to to the hubby, as we are planning to move back to the UK and one of his concerns is 'Thanksgiving'... He was very happy to hear that he'll still be able to watch the obligatory Cowboys Thanksgiving game. Lx

Pom Pom said...

Bamboo is very cute! Does he have extra toes? Kittens are so delightful!
Your Thanksgiving was wonderful. I so enjoyed the photos and the commentary.
The kids at school knew the teams playing on Thursday, but not the pilgrims' names. Ha ha!

TexWisGirl said...

your cute little bamboo is adorable!!! so much joy to give in that little face!

so glad you got to enjoy some trappings of home. even with the yorkshire pudding! ha!

camp and cottage living said...

Sounds like a beautiful Thanksgiving day. I would've loved to have attended that special service!
Bamboo is a sweet one. The children will be sure to enjoy him/her.

Pondside said...

There's something about being far from home that makes the celebration of familiar holidays more acute, a little more special.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I enjoyed reading how you spent Thanksgiving, your new kitten is gorgeous and love his name.

Kay G. said...

I would have LOVED to have seen (and heard!) the service at St Paul's. Did you come out the side with the glass doors and there is perhaps a bible quotation etched into the glass? It seems I remember that, but my husband does not. Could you let me know? :-)

Iota said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've been browsing backwards through your blog. I knew ha-ha (haw-haw) and twee, but cordwainer stumped me.

'Stumped' - now, is that an Englishism?

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Your last family furry purry member is so cute. And the traditional Thanksgiving sushi! Darn I forgot to tell that to my pupils...

wayside wanderer said...

Bamboo is so pretty and pink! =D Your celebration sounds lovely.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

@Kay G- I recall the doors being big heavy wooden doors :)

Jane said...

This is so intriguing to read as an Australian, Laura. Thanks for sharing your insights as an expat abroad celebrating something from 'back home'. J x

barefoot mama said...

Such a beautiful church! Sounds and looks like you had a lovely day.
Oh, is that kitty real? be honest:) Looks like something off of pinterest..haha! TOO cute! ~ Barefoot mama

lizzybradbury said...

Sounds like a lovely day! L x

Sara Louise said...

So happy you had a fun Thanksgiving!
And I used to eat at yo Sushi in Dublin, I miss it SO much!

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Glad you had a great day. What a lovely kitten.

Sharon Parker said...

The Thanksgiving service sounds wonderful and very moving. Sounds like you had a lovely day. How fun to add a kitten to your family—and so adorable!

My Garden Diaries said...

Happy Thanksgiving to your family! I love that sweet new addition! He is adorable!!!

a happy little life said...

It's sounds like you had a nice day! What a lovely church. The conveyor belt restaurant does look fun! Sweet kitten :)
Have a great day!
XOX Tracie

Susan Hallam said...

Hi Laura,

I've sent you an email on behalf of Sea-Band that I'd like you to see. Looking forward to hearing from you! x

Gris fleur said...

Welcome to Bamboo ! Soooooo cute .

Barb said...

Bamboo is so cute. We had a white, blue-eyed male short hair, and he was deaf. He would sit with his back to us, and you could do anything but he wouldn't turn around. Of course, that could just be cat. He was a great companion who lived for 17 years. Aristotle.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

@ PomPom - no extra little kitty toes :)

@ Iota - nope, Americans use 'stumped' too :)

Pamela Gordon said...

It sounds like you celebrated Thanksgiving in London wonderfully. Your new kitty is adorable. Blessings, Pamela in Canada