Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Day with Shakespeare

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Did you know that Shakespeare's house is only two hours away from the home I rent out in England? Yes, you can have a leisurely breakfast at Leo's Den, drive to Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare lived, book a performance at the Globe Theatre, have dinner before the show in an English Pub or restaurant and be home again, snug in bed by midnight. Visit Anne Hathaway's cottage or the Holy Trinity Church, also nearby.
A day to remember.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The English Countryside

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What I love about my visits home, to Leo's Den, is the countryside. In ten minutes you are in Yorkshire, or Derbyshire or heading towards Shakesphere country in Warwickshire. And each shire is differently beautiful. 

The pubs are social gatherings for great food, drink and fellowship. The characters and eccentrics that thrive in England really come alive in the country pubs and restaurants. It's like an on-going comedy show; I really miss the English humor.

The surronding cities are great...oh, but the countryside is superb.

If you like soccer, go to Old Tralford and see Manchester United play or Main Road and see Manchester City. Experience a soccer game; very different from watching a game played on T.V.

All the information you need is below.

Leo Booth

Leo’s Den
Many of you know that I have a comfortable home in England (Lancashire).  With this in mind, I wish to make my house available to my American friends. At the moment it is being completely re-decorated and it will be available for rent in May 2012.  (But trust me when I say it is most comfortable). 

About the House: This attractive detached house has three bedrooms, and will comfortably sleep up to five people, with a kitchen, dining room and two lounge areas; also two bathrooms and showers with a guest toilet downstairs.  There is a garden at the back and front to just sit and relax. 

Where is it? The house is located outside the city of Manchester, close to Yorkshire, Stratford on Avon (Shakespeare's home), the countryside where the T.V. series All Creatures Great and Small was filmed, The Lake District, Auckland Castle, Liverpool (birthplace of the Beatles) and close to Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters' home. Scotland is three hours drive and there is a direct railway connection between Manchester and London. Of course, for soccer fans you can see Manchester United play at Old Trafford. 

Car Available: In order to see the beauty of England's countryside or visit Scotland, Ireland and Wales you need a car. This is what makes visiting England, with hotels and car rentals priced in "the English pound" so expensive. With this in mind, I've included the use of my personal Mercedes (E Series) in the daily rental. For those sharing the expense with family and friends Leo's Den is truly a great deal. 

Auntie Christine: I've arranged for Auntie Christine to be the housekeeper and point person for your stay.  Anything you need for the house, she will try to accommodate and meet your every need.  She's a fantastic person. You'll enjoy Auntie Christine.

Cost: It is simply $250.00 per day (including use of the car and domestic services provided by Auntie Christine).  Basic snacks will be provided upon arrival at the house and I'll arrange for somebody to provide orientation for driving in England. 

Random Thoughts for Leo's Den: 
The Olympic Games:  Beginning in July, many of you know that England will be hosting the International Olympic Games in London.  Manchester is a rail trip (2 hours, 30 minutes) from London and visitors could stay at my home, visit London, then return to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Great Britain (ie England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). For those who are interested in catching some of the events at the Olympics, this could be the ideal arrangement. 

Queen Elizabeth 60 Year Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth and some of the Royal Family will be visiting different parts of the country to celebrate her sixty years on the throne.  Why not join the crowds and experience the royal wave; perhaps see Charles and Camilla chatting to the local people or enjoying a beer in a local pub?   It's all happening this year. 

Have you thought about reserving dates over the holidays or in 2013?  Well, celebrating Christmas and New Year in England is fantastic; fireworks, Bangers and Mash, Christmas pudding and crackers! 

How do I make a reservation for my vacation at Leo's Den?   Contact my office at 562.494.2900. Email:    We have a master calendar and all your dates (if available) will be confirmed when payment is received.  Everything is as above, all you need to do is pay for the gasoline and food you require during your stay and then enjoy England at your own pace or, if you are feeling adventurous, explore Europe; after all, Paris, France is not that far away! 

I want you to feel at home in my home and for those of you who are interested in AA recovery, I will provide a list of scheduled meetings. However, I do realize that not everyone is in recovery and so everyone is able to rent my house. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us. 
Leo Booth 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Common Ground

Many of you know I'm an Associate Minister at Common Ground here in Tustin, California where on the last Sunday of each month, I conduct the morning service on the same day that I do the evening Celebration of Spirit.

Many recovering people are looking for a safe church or community that fits their Twelve Step program; Common Ground is the place. Common Ground  sees itself as a spiritual community that welcomes everyone.  A sacred space that celebrates the divinity that exists in the Universe and also in you and me.   Whether it be the morning service or evening talk, you will not hear a sermon about damnation but a message of encouragement that affirms Joy, Possibility and Hope.  Nobody is made or expected to believe anything, rather we are invited to bring our gifts to the Fellowship.  People celebrating One Spirit.  What a concept!  Indeed, you couldn't meet nicer ministers than Rev Judy and Rev Glenda, they both share a ministry based upon inclusive love.

At Celebration of Spirit, I will discuss the process and steps required for growth in recovery and how to maintain a healthy, happy and yes, a sober life!  

Evening Talk
The last Sunday of each month at 7:00pm
Music by Scott St Louis, Spiritual Reading, Meditations, Inspirational Talk, Refreshments and Social gathering
14051 Newport Ave
Tustin, CA 92780
Driving Directions Available At
Childcare is available: please contact Barbara Derry at 562.243.4209

Hope to see you,
Rev Leo