Thursday, January 29, 2015

Anglophilia (2)

"All the way to England!? but why?" someone asked.

It was discussed that Cornwall is rather too far away; it takes an enormous length of time to get there even once you have landed at an airport. One must get through the flight, get off the flight, yawn, go through an excruciatingly long line at customs, report whatever needs to be reported, collect one's baggage (excruciating), take the tube or London Express or bus to Paddington Station, dash off to the Great Western Rail gate and climb aboard, find your seat, then be transported for about 6 hours to beloved St Ives.
Perhaps visiting somewhere nearer might suffice?

Even, perhaps one might consider traveling within the borders of the United States?

Or even easier, one might just as well stay home to write the great American novel. 

All lovely possibilities. And all truly fine for people who are not the SconeLady. I am sure that all of these other places are simply smashing, and worthy, and good. But when you let the SconeLady out, she will be off and running toward Cornwall, every time.

Sometimes Americans who visit or move to the UK are discouraged about what they think of as the inconveniences:

  • lack of garbage disposals (shocking!)
  • housework takes longer
  • tiny refrigerators!
  • lack of electric clothes dryers and so you have to hang your things out to dry. In the rain.
  • lower salaries
  • smaller cars (I think they are cute)
  • expensive petrol (not cute)
  • smaller houses!
  • teeny tiny roadways and curves you can't possibly see lorries coming around
  • lack of Americanized foods in the stores (what a relief!)
  • lack of large grocery stores (but don't you love shopping in the corner markets? I do)
But then, there are other things to consider:
  • you can order your groceries on the Internet, for home delivery!
  • corner bakeries with delicious fare
  • afternoon teas with enviable scones
  • double decker buses
  • red phone boxes
  • theatres, concerts, museums
  • cobbled lanes to wander down in your search for a favored scone
  • green fields and hedgerows
  • castles!
  • the British sense of humor (unrivaled)
  • and best of all? NO STRIP MALLS! Hooray!

For these and other reasons, you won't find the SconeLady complaining. And you will find her on a flight, in the customs line, in the Tube, rocketing south toward Cornwall, and trodding cobbled lanes in search of perfection..

..a perfection she is sure to find.

See you along the way!
the SconeLady

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