This photograph of Boston was
taken from a window of the British Airways Boeing 777 that flew
us to London on April 4th. We'd gotten up at 2:30 a.m. and were
on our way to Boston to catch our American Airlines flight when,
at 3:37, somewhere around Holyoke, we received an email from
American informing us that our flight had been cancelled!
We continued our drive and took
the Logan Express shuttle to the airport. When we reached the
American Airlines desk, we were informed that we'd been
rescheduled for the overnight flight and would have to wait in
the terminal for twelve hours. We asked, politely but firmly,
if there might be another option, since we had made
appointments with dealers for the next day - to say nothing of
our dinner at a Michelin-rated restaurant that evening to
celebrate Jan's birthday.
Thanks to a combination of
persistence and good fortune, we got seats on the British
Airways morning flight. We left a rather dreary Boston in good
spirits and arrived around 9:00 p.m. in London.
This past Monday we left a
bright and sunny London to return to a sunny, ninety-degree
Boston. We'd driven nearly 1200 miles in a Volkswagen Passat
that averaged fifty-three miles per gallon (Why can't American
versions of the Passat do that?), visited our favorite dealers
and shops in England, and amassed a collection of furniture
and smalls that will fill two large crates. We expect them to
be in Conway by this weekend, which will allow time to tweak
where tweaking is required and get everything ready for our
Spring Opening in two weeks.
It was a very good trip. Although we both came home with colds
contracted from British germs that seem undaunted by our
American flu shots, we never missed a beat. Our long-term
relationships with English dealers are working as well as
ever, and each time we visit, we add another dealer or two to
our list of reliable sources. (We also add one or two
preferred pubs, but that's another story.)
As you scroll down this page, you'll find no new stock; we're
saving that for the Opening. But you will find a pictorial of
our visit to Hever Castle, Anne Boleyn's childhood home, as
well as an interesting story sent to us by a collector friend,
and our second YouTube video, this one featuring Pippin.
We hope you enjoy this month's Newsletter.