Bank Holiday Weather

Completing a typical English Bank Holiday weekend in the usual manner rain drizzled throughout the day. Incidentally, since most of our bank branches are permanently closed to customers – Lyndhurst’s NatWest, for example now converted to a top market car showroom – it is probably time we dropped the term for our Public Holidays.

“The Mistress of Husaby” is the translated title of the second novel incorporated into my copy of Kristin Lavransdatter. I finished reading it today and will review it tomorrow.

Bringing bread for our dinner this evening, Elizabeth visited this afternoon. After much convivial conversation she returned home for her meal and did not join us for more helpings of Jackie’s wholesome chicken and vegetable stewp.


  1. I looked up Stewp, it’s apparently like soup but a bit different. Maybe? We should have bank holiday here too!

      1. I guess I should consider myself fortunate that my bank has a neighbor branch that is open all week. When I’ve had complicated banking to deal with (mostly with my parents’ estate), I go in person for help.

        1. You can imagine, then, how difficult my mother’s executorship was for me, especially as it all had to be done on line as well.

  2. Odd that they should be closing branches to their customers. I rather enjoy visiting my branch. Just like the bar in Cheers, everybody knows my name!

  3. How nice of Elizabeth to bring bread! Yum!
    Ooh, I look forward to your review!
    Are the GrandFamily getting settled? I think of them and wish them well! ❤️❤️❤️
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️
    PS…when life gives you rain…put on some cute boots and jump in the puddles! 🙂

  4. Maybe there should be a special holiday celebrating each type of career, though it would be hard on first responders like police or firefighters who cannot ALL take a day off at the same time. I’m glad you had much convivial conversation with Elizabeth.

  5. 🙂 Sign of the times with no practicality nor intelligent reason for some changes. I love reading in raining weather and I think I want to come to your home for dinner. 🙂

  6. I’m sorry about the rain. We’ve had a gorgeous three days of sunshine including this morning, but this afternoon it spoilt itself with a whole hour of a loud thunderstorm with heavy rain.

    Talking of banks – nearby Otley is to open a new bank hub for all, whereby the hub will be run by five different banks, one each day. Withdraw cash, or pay in, no matter which bank is yours. And if we need to speak in person to a representative from our own bank we can make an appointment for their day. Sounds like a great idea.

    1. It does seem a good alternative to what we have. Thanks very much, Sue

  7. Bank employees have it made with their Bank holidays. Dinner sounds delicious and perfect for a rainy day.

  8. Why are so many local bank branches closing?

    We are coming off a long, rainy and cold period here, and temperatures are expected to be in the 80s by Thursday.

  9. Interesting comment about the lack of bank branches. I have friends in Teddington who have to drive to Walton to find a branch.

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