I’m feeling rather sad at the thought of leaving New Jersey. It’s been wonderful getting to spend proper time with J& Y, and with les Bassets, and I shall miss them very much. And what am I going to do without those silky Basset ears to play with?

After my stressful bolt around Manhattan yesterday, we have had a calm evening, eating Y’s delicious homemade cauliflower au gratin off our laps, and watching the Star Trek movie (a second time for both J & me; we were just geeking out by watching it again), teaching Y how to do the Vulcan hand salute & eating Magnolia’s chocolate devil’s food cake.

J remarked that I seemed quietly excited about my trip back to England and he was right…sort of. It’s always lovely to see family, friends and dogs, but I don’t really want to be in England right now, not one bit. But my mother is feeling mis & I think we both need to regroup.

So I’m sugar coating the pill by arranging lovely things to do instead. The basic plan is that I will spend the weeks writing & clearing attics with my mother at the family home in the countryside near Banbury, and the weekends in London, until I return to NYC at the beginning of January.

Highlights so far include a Tweetup in London this weekend with various of my blog & Twitter acquaintance, seeing New Moon with my best friend Miss P, and the prospect of dinner & a stay at the new Dean Street Townhouse hotel from the Soho House stable, which opens next week. There’s also a chance I may get to see the wonderful Tania Kindersley as we serendipitously find ourselves in the same part of the world. (Tania lives in Scotland and I in America, so this is luck indeed.)

Whilst I am on the subject of Tania, her & Sarah Vine’s most excellent book Backwards in High Heels
would be the perfect Christmas present for intelligent and loved girlfriends. Read about it here & buy it here(It’s out in America in the New Year.)

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well it will be lovely to follow you on home turf although i will miss the bassett pics. new moon weekend here we come! My friend and I have it all worked out. Sunday roast by the common (Womble common) followed by New Moon.

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You're so lucky living in the US. This jaded Londoner would love a little spell over there. Hopefully one day soon. In the meantime I make do with visiting as much as poss! Enjoy your time over here! You should run a blog workshop while here for us lowly newbies. ;p xx

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Dear LLG,

I just looked up Soho House and it looks fabulous! I didn't realise it had featured in a Sex and the City episode.

I've been reading your blog for over 6 months now, and am forever learning more about the world of fashion, NYC, and delightful culinary experiences.

Enjoy your time back in the family fold, and I look forward to some London-based blogs from you.

Poppy xox

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Excellent news, my dear. Sounds like a well thought-out plan. Hope to see youe lovely self over the coming weeks. xx

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Love reading about your antics! :))

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Bon Voyage, LLG. I'll miss the NYC/NJ stories, but look forward to English tales.

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LLG your mummy's nest will be full-how wonderful must that feeling be. am sure you'll be taking long walks with her (even tho' it'll be cold), playing with the darling dogs, and cooking up a storm in her dream-of-a-kitchen. my parents have just left to spend the winters in Pakistan and i am missing them sorely- even tho' we dont even live in the same city. enjoy this time with the lovely twitter ladies as well as your fam. xo

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That is impressive – you couldn't do all that in that time in London.

Not by public transport anyway.

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I'm several posts behind, so I'm going to read this one and each one after it all in one go.

I hope you have fun in England, and enjoy your hols, LLG.

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