|Stephney and I are viewing some of the narrowboats parked in the marina.|
Thursday was a busy day as we pitched in to help Stephney and Tim get ready for the book club luncheon that they were hosting that day. There was a lot of cooking and table setting going on!
Here is Stephney striding past just some of the food that we prepared for the luncheon under Tim's direction.
Thanks to playing cook's helper, I learned how to make an English dish called Coronation Chicken. A dish prepared for the banquet celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, it consists of cold chicken in a curry powder and cream and mayonnaise sauce. Raisins and almonds can be added to the dish. It is quite scrummy, as they say on the Best Brtitish Baking show. After the morning's hard work, we had a lovely time getting to know Steph and Tim's neighbors while stuffing ourselves with tasty food.
Friday, Tim and Stephney were kind enough to take us to Bletchley Park- yes, the Bletchley Park famous as the place where the Engima code was broken. You may have seen The Imitation Game, the latest movie with Benedict Cumberbatch about the effort. Originally a mansion located in the countryside of Buckinghamshire, the grounds became the center of Britain's effort to break Nazi codes and ciphers. Once the program outgrew the mansion, huts were built to accommodate the needed workers and equipment.
The original mansion.
A section of the reproduction of the Turing Bombe, the machine built by the team to help break the Nazi code
More of the Turing Bombe
A working Enigma machine
One of the original offices in the mansion
A few rooms of the mansion were used as sets for the filming of The Imitation Game. Don snapped a photo of the 3 of us sitting at one of the tables on the bar set.
From left: Stephney, yours truly, and Tim
The prop Turing Bombe that was constructed for the film
One of the real offices in one of the huts built near the mansion
It was a fascinating visit to a place that we read about but never thought we would get to see. After a dinner of luncheon leftovers, we were off to bed so that we could rise early to catch our train for the 5.5-hour trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.
The view out our window on the journey
As much as we were sad to leave all of our friends in England, we were excited about the chance to explore the amazing Edinburgh.