Sunday, December 05, 2010

In Which We Go to England: The Stuff Edition

I know, I know, we've been home for a while now (*sigh), but I've been planning on doing this post for months now. My skills of procrastination are mighty indeed of late. ANYway, we came back from England with a lot of stuff. Really cool stuff. And since most of it is, naturally, in our house and you can't all come to our house just to see our new magnets, I will show them to you this-a way.

Like I said, we got new magnets. They are pretty awesome. You can probably guess where we got two of them.
The sheep one we found up in Windermere, where apparently their sheep (and byproducts) are a big deal. It just seemed appropriate to get something cheesy for our wedding anniversary celebration.

We got this delightful Christmas tree ornament at Westminster Abbey. It was the ONLY ornament we found like this in all of our travels--most were felt-y and puffy and big. This one is so charming and wintery and yet also Londony.
We saw lots of shows, as you know, and we got the programs at every one. Aren't they pretty?We also got books. Lots of books. Seriously, a lot of books. But I didn't take any pictures. So just IMAGINE a beautiful pile of books from pretty much every place we went, along with a boxed set of the adult edition Harry Potter paperbacks (you knew that was going to happen). I also got these books.Okay, so I haven't made anything from them, but I WILL. Soon. I also got those measuring things so I wouldn't have to convert all the recipes--I will say that was a stroke of genius. Go me. Oh, and we got these other food-related items--salt and pepper shakers! Aren't they the best? I'm already dreading the day some ruffian child o' mine breaks them. (Yes, those are tiny Pirates of the Caribbean figurines you see in the pictures.)

I love to buy postcards of my favorite things from a museum. We went to a lot of museums so...I got a lot of postcards. These are another thing that I hope to be able to display at SOME point in life. For some reason, they don't look like very many in this pictures but trust me, it's a fat stack.
I also kept all the maps, guides and brochures we picked up along the way. These were the source of my totally awesome magnets, as you may recall.Oh, and we got this cool thing too. The tiniest Stonehenge of them all!In other stuff news, we brought quite a lot with us, and some of them didn't make it through the whole trip unscathed.You might think that we would have left these items there and gained a little extra suitcase room, but no, we brought them all back. We didn't even stop using them. In fact, we didn't even repair them, aside from the glasses (which have since mysteriously disappeared). That's just how we roll. I guess?

Of course we got other things as well, like shirts from Oxford, hats from various shops, scarves and an umbrella. It's always a delight to go through the day and run into these little reminders of our trip. It's so nice that we could not just go, but also have the money to bring back these little mementos. Thanks, work!


  1. I have two comments in my head right now.

    One from your title: "Hey, where's the stuff?"

    One from the post: "I want the tiniest Stonehenge of them all!"

    This combines to make my final reaction: "Where's the tiniest Stuffhenge?!" In other words, I think you buy good souveniers.

  2. It was quite a challenge to get adequate souvenirs without spending too much and while still having room to pack them all back. I think we did a great job.

  3. Man, getting my hands on the British Harry Potters would be a heck of a lot easier if I were to, you know, actually go to England. I've been slowly collecting them through the years, piece by piece, perusing used book store after used book store. Needless to say I've only gotten the first three.

    I think you should go back to England. For your own pleasure, sure, but also to get me the last four Harry Potter books... :)

  4. Wow, you guys got more souvenirs than I thought. They are all awesome, and you can invite me over any time to try out any recipe you make from that chocolate book :)

  5. I have some of that stuff. I happen to know each of those programs were like $40. I got one from Spamalot and one from Mary Poppins, and I cannot put the Spamalot one out for polite company.

    Ah stuff. We can't come home without it.

  6. Oh Cami, that's entirely untrue. Those programs were like 5 pounds each (SOMEtimes closer to 10), which is barely over $7. I don't know what kind of racket you saw going on, but I was amazed to realize the programs in the UK were so much cheaper than the $20 books they sell here in the states. Even I wasn't about to buy a program for almost as much as the tickets themselves cost!

    As for our programs, a couple of them were even free (like from Into the Woods at the Open Air Theatre and A Comedy of Errors at The Globe). I love a free souvenir.

  7. Marcue: Scumbag!

    Jill: I so admire your dedication to finding those books! But, you know, you can just order them off

    Lacie: Seriously, everything in that book looks good...I need to make something. Soon!

    Cami: Yes, as Drew said, the programs were surprisingly cheap! We were expecting them to be a lot more, but yes, they were less than 10 pounds (except Wicked, I think, which was like 15-hmph!). Everything we got, we got for a good price!

    Drew: Oh, husband, those weren't free! But you're right about everything else. :*

  8. Oh, that's right... Those ones were pretty cheap though. Wasn't there a free program SOMEwhere?...