Home Edition #2

Dear Friends,

We hope you and your families are safe, staying in place and managing to navigate through this unusual time.

These days we are embracing the Italian concept of dolce far niente — pleasant idleness. We have all been staying home during this crisis and are developing a deeper appreciation of the places we are in. Small things really count now. Audrey being able to pick a lemon in her backyard. The herbs in Anne’s garden that survived the winter and are coming back. A new route for a dog walk!

Enjoy a Virtual Broadway Backwards Concert on YouTube:
Broadway Backwards is the annual celebration where men sing songs originally written for women and vice versa, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Now, audiences at home can experience some of the last decade’s most popular performances with Broadway Backwards Encore: 2020 Virtual Concert. Just click HERE

What we’re watching:
We have had plenty of time while on our unplanned hiatus and have been watching multiple episodes of some series – we recommend all of the ones below. If you have a movie or series you particularly love, please send it on so we can share!

The English Game – Netflix
From Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes comes The English Game, a Netflix miniseries about the early days of organized football (soccer to us Americans) in Britain. Of course, you know Fellowes, in addition to creating Abbey frenzy, won an Oscar for writing Gosford Park and is an actual honest-to-gawd member of the House of Lords (with a coat of arms and everything). We loved it and think his “little football story” lives up to his considerable reputation.

The Night Manager – Amazon Prime
The Night Manager is a contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s best-selling spy novel, which follows hotel manager Jonathan Pine in his quest to bring down international arms dealer Richard Roper. It stars Hugh Laurie (2 Golden Globes), Olivia Coleman (Academy Award, 2 Golden Globes) and Tom Hiddleston (Golden Globe). One of Hugh Laurie’s and Tom Hiddleston’s Golden Globe awards are for their performances in Night Manager!

Outlander – Seasons 1-3 on Netflix and Seasons 4 & 5 on Starz
Outlander is a unique, satisfying adaptation of the books by Diana Gabaldon, brought to life by lush scenery and potent chemistry between its leads. This romantic odyssey earned three Golden Globe nods and won “Most Bingeworthy Show” at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards. It made us love Scotland all over again and we can’t wait to return there. Season 4 is expected to be available on Netflix in December 2020, or you can- and probably will – sign up for Starz to watch Seasons 4 & 5.
P.S. Everyone we know who has watched this show has indicated they are willing to leave their partner and marry Jamie.

You might also check out the website Decider Click HERE – a terrific site created to help people discover the best streaming content through a unusual blend of pop culture and hilarious insight. We particularly like ‘The Jane Austen Guide to Social Distancing” Click HERE

The new website we are enjoying – Wash Your Lyrics:
Put in any song you like, and this website will generate a hand-washing poster that shows what to sing for 20 seconds of the song of your choice. We were getting tired of singing the ABC song! Try it out HERE

Our current favorite handwashing songs:
Audrey – Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Anne – Count On Me – Bruno Mars
Richard – Yer So Bad – Tom Petty
Karen – Dancing In The Streets – Martha and the Vandellas

We are cooking a lot – You?
One of the cookbooks that started Anne on her culinary journey was ”Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook”. Here is the entire chapter on Foreign Cookery:
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French; sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good. Now you’re an international cook!”

However, we realize that this may be a bit vague for people, so every Thursday on our Facebook page (click HERE) we are offering a full recipe (from our personal recipe archives) for an international recipe that is kitchen tested (in our kitchens). We’ll be making some of them right along with you!

A spot of culture:
Meanwhile, every Thursday, the National Theater in London will release some of its best plays online. This week, we are looking forward to watching the comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ starring James Corden. It will be available on their site until April 9.
Just Click HERE

Until our next Timely Travel Thoughts Home Edition is released, we urge you to:

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