16 Dec2014

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Mrs. MM and I had a combined baggage allowance of 140 kilos on our flight back from London to Manila (we travel to Cebu on PAL for business very often and a benefit is massive additional baggage allowances) and we had purchased hardly anything that wasn’t a food item, ingredient or kitchen related utensil during our brief Paris and London trip, so we had oodles and oodles of weight allowance available, and I am not one to waste that… :)

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So on the morning of our departure, we bundled up and took the subway to the Borough Market (for a second visit) and headed straight to the florist/garden shop we had seen a couple of days before… Once the proprietress confirmed that she could box up whatever we purchased, we ended up buying two small and two large pine wreaths…

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…along with three smallish branches for 2 pounds each! I have brought some strange things in my luggage home to the Philippines over the years, but this one ranks up there in the Top 10 unusual list of contents!

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I did declare them as “christmas decor” when I arrived, but the inspector just waved us through anyway.

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If I had known how difficult it would be to claim my fresh Christmas tree at S&R a week later (the subject of my second holiday rant coming up soon) I would have boxed up an 8 foot tree and checked it in as baggage if I could figure out how to get it to Heathrow airport! :) After the 14 hour flight home, the wreaths were virtually unscathed and happy as can be. We spritzed them with water, and put them into a refrigerator for another week before we took them out to decorate them. They look wonderful and smell great. Will announce winner of this raffle prize at a later date along with other winners. Stay tuned for other prizes and more holiday and European posts!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Rebecca says:

    My husband I visit London for the first time in early last week- what a gorgeous city, especially all decked out for Christmas! Looking forward to your posts about your trip. :)

    Dec 16, 2014 | 5:35 am

     
  2. Kasseopeia says:

    Woohoo! Something non-food, who would’ve guessed? :)
    Looking forward to the photos and the European posts… and yes, even the rant.

    Dec 16, 2014 | 7:39 am

     
  3. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    Wow…you weren’t kidding.

    More random thoughts: The Golden Gate Produce Terminal is about a mile from Costco/SFO and is open to the public. You could start your door to door shopping there before Costco opens.

    Dec 16, 2014 | 8:52 am

     
  4. Marketman says:

    Hahaha Getter Dragon, you are really egging me on. Add that a good friend of ours has a small apartment in Potrero? for us to rent/use when we are in San Francisco and you are planning our next Pre-Christmas provisioning trip for us wittingly… :)

    Dec 16, 2014 | 9:55 am

     
  5. ami says:

    I wouldn’t have guessed that the box contained wreaths.

    Dec 16, 2014 | 4:16 pm

     
  6. Mart says:

    If you zoom-in real close at the upper right corner of the picture, there is a hint of green.
    I even did some googling on London boroughs to see if it would turn up a clue.
    Also looking forward to the blog recap of your trip.

    Dec 17, 2014 | 1:49 am

     
 

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