Thursday, September 20, 2007

All I want for Christmas is a Mercedes Benz

You know, I really don't like bumming rides with people. If they are not traveling my way, I don't want them to have to go out of their way, is what it is. I guess it's a holdover from childhood. So, here we are in this beautiful country of England. It is so green, I am told. I wouldn't know, I have only seen it from the train. I love the train. But it is hard to find a place to live just traveling by train. I know, I know, you guys have been doing it for years, but you don't understand. We are born with steering wheels in our hands and I felt as though mine had must been surgically detached. I felt deprived. So, I announced to Mac (Wallace to his family, WTHF) that we should check out the want ads for a car. Surprisingly, he agreed. We had been in the country for over a week now and one of the men WTHF worked with was taking us to see a couple of houses that had become available for rent. He kept asking us, you're sure you don't want to live in base housing? I was standing behind him shaking my head so hard I think I dislocated a disc. WTHF got the point. "No, no...she's determined to live on the Economy, so lets go see a couple of these houses. Two were in High Wycombe and one in Beaconsfield. We went to see the houses in High Wycombe and they were fine, really. But then I saw the house in Beaconsfield and fell in love. It was a two story brick with a detached garage, laundry room on back of the garage...but I could deal with that. It had large leaded glass windows, a lovely little front porch with night blooming Jasmine growing up the pointed brick. The foyer led to the living room and dining rooms on the right, the kitchen straight ahead and the stairs led up to three bedrooms and a lovely bathroom. Under the stairs was the powder room, I had never had a powder room before, and I tell you this, if I could transport that house by thought right now, I'd been living in it still. Brenda and Mark were living in it at the time, and the house wouldn't be available to move into until December 15th. Just when I had convinced myself that we'd not have a tree or decorations that year, the possibilities were endless. Our new address would hopefully be Orchard Cottage on Cherry Tree Lane, and it was aptly named. The curve of the lane was lined with cherry trees, although not in bloom at the time, in fact, not even in leaf...We had to drive to the Lake District to meet the owner and sign a lease. She was an American who had married a European and now a widow, had settled in Beaconsfield for a time. She worked for the RAF and had to move when she received a promotion, so was at this time renting the house till she could retire. Lucky us. The back garden was rather large, and had a "wendy house" which Brenda and Mark were using as a shed. A Wendy House is a play house for children, named for Peter Pan's Wendy. It had a green house, and I tell you I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The rent wasn't outrageous, in fact less than the two we had looked at in High Wycombe. We found that the children, who were settled in school at West Ruislip, would still be attending the same school, so all was well. We had a house. Now all we needed was a car. The second weekend we took the train into London and just walked about looking at the shops and getting a feel for the city. We stopped in at a pub and got a light lunch, I had a glass of sherry with mine, WTHF had a Guinness, the boys a shandy. You know I think we had lived there two years before I realized that shandy's were lemonade and ale. We picked up a paper and read the want ads, looking for a car. The first thing we found out about the papers in England was a few of them had what was termed a "page 3". On page 3 was a barely clothed young lady, always a different one. Michael, our youngest, was the one who announced at breakfast in the hotel the first morning, "hey Mom, there's a naked lady in my newspaper." To say I was shocked is to understate the situation, to say the least. But anyway, we found an ad for a Mercedes Benz, 10 years old, only driven on Sunday's by a little old lady from Pasadena. Well, not really, but that is what the ad indicated. Gently used. The car was lovely, the price was right and we purchased it and a map. After all, we now had to find our way back to Eastcote and our hotel. Good thing I was a navigator in a past life, or we'd still be trying to find that darned hotel! More adventures will be forthcoming. I promise.

8 comments:

Abbie said...

You've given an inch, I'm taking 9 and commenting to my fill!

I love your blogs, especially these sweet memoirs about your time in England.

Even without pictures I could envision that lovely little cottage. Can't wait to read more.
Awesome!

Oh! Thanks for all your lovely comments in my blog, I'm so honored you stopped by.
Take Care.

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Ooh you made me laugh about the shandy and page 3 Sandi!!! I've still got a grin on my face now!! And the house you rented sounds gorgeous-do you have many photos from your time in England? Hope you are feeling a bit better now, and I'm loving these posts!xx

LivingTheLife said...

your rental sounds glorious...I could imagine living there myself...and to have a Windy/Wendy...I love that name for a play house...so much more original!

so...

as I sit rubbing my hands together waiting patiently for your next installement....and then Aunt Sandie...then what happened????

You know you've created a monster in me...I'll never tire of reading of your adventures...

blessings...
"T"

Mary said...

Did the boys suffer any ill effects from the shandy!! The house sounds so good I can visualise it. How are you today? Can't wait for my daily episodes. I will have to find an internet cafe when I am in Spain.

Kat-in-a-flap. said...

Hi Sandi,thanks for your wonderful comments and support,I think yourself and dear Kari are very wise ladies,
I love your tales of England and yes we still have page 3 !!!!!!!
I'm sending you so many good wishes so that you will soon feel well again,consider me hugging you right back,
Kat xxxx
P.S I have made it up with Him Indoors and things are fine again,I'll just store the incident in my mind to throw at him another time,a little ammunition goes a long way LOL!!!!!!
Kat xxx

Kari said...

Ale? What kind of ale? Are we talking Ginger Ale or liquor ale? I'm just trying to plan my menu for our trip...

Sandi McBride said...

You know, I am so happy that everyone seems to appreciate our time in the Motherland, I am not ashamed to say that I cried when we were transferred home some 3 years later...broke my HEART...and Sissy, it was ALE as in beer or liquor...didn't seem to hurt them and slept well...

Country Cottage Chic said...

The house sounds wonderful - how about some photos??