The end of our time in the small town of Lewes in the United Kingdom is quickly approaching. The nature of the people that live and work here has been extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. What a sweet breath of fresh air from Manhattan! If we approached the café baristas and grocery store cashiers with a NYC attitude we might not get the pleasant responses of "cheers" and "brilliant" from the townspeople. Keep in mind, to everyone here WE are the ones that talk with funny accents!
We frequent many of the local places daily and have made so many friends. One is at a coffee shop where the owner, Olive, brings her dog, Chico, to work everyday and serves one of the best proper English breakfasts--fried eggs, toast, sausage, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes--we've had in town. We've enjoyed lovely conversation (come on, opera singers are interesting) and plenty of kisses from her dog. Chico is the same mixed breed (Jack Russell / Chihuahua) as our beloved Colby!
The leisure center (gym) staff knows us well and let our guests in for free the other day. We found a café that has a "health kick" drink menu and makes a green juice right in front of us consisting of kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple, ginger and lemon (YUMMMMM) and we've been stopping in daily to get one. After seeing us there multiple times always ordering the same green juice, the staff became friendly with us and started giving us a larger size for the same price.
Perhaps one of the things we like most about this place ARE the people?
As I said in an earlier post, on Sundays the stores either shut down or are closed altogether. We picked up what we needed to make a Mexican feast for friends this past Sunday evening and it wasn't until after 4pm that we realized we'd forgotten to buy limes! Without this key ingredient, our Pico de Gallo, guacamole, Spanish rice and taco meat wouldn't be the same. On a mission to find a liquor store or restaurant to try to buy a lime or two, I was relieved that our juice bar was still open. Fortunately, the guy who'd just made me a juice a couple hours earlier was working and I explained to him my dilemma. I was touched when he handed me 3 LIMES for free...because we are in there all the time.
Kindness goes such a long way!
In the summer of 2012, Chef Paul worked here at Glyndebourne for the first time. He was by himself for the entire gig except for when I visited him for one week. Jet-legged and feeling a little lonely he went out the first night to get a beer and a bite to eat. At the pub, he started chatting with a guy who said that he worked at the restaurant next door and they made plans for him to come and eat there. The next day, he became acquainted with the chef and owner, Alex Von Riebech, and for the rest of his contract he was welcomed into his urban family of restaurant friends.
Of course, when we arrived here several weeks ago we couldn't wait to eat and visit with the chef and his family!
Sometimes we even just stop by for a night cap....
When consumed in moderation, red wine is said to be good for your health...and possibly the singing voice!