Well we’re back in the UK, and having a great time, the weather’s been variable but we’ve seen some sun and most importantly the weekend for the wedding was wonderful, but we’ll write more about that when we get some photos to put up. In the meantime here’s what we’ve been up to.
We managed an upgrade to business class for half the trip, which gave us flat beds and silver service meals, Nicola even had a massage while waiting in the Auckland lounge. So we arrived reasonable refreshed at Heathrow on Saturday afternoon to beautiful blue sky and after a struggle with the tubes made it to Francesca’s in Aldgate to enjoy the last of the sun. We decided China town was the best bet for Nicola to get her fill of crispy duck and shredded beef, so met up with Cath and Chris for a quick dinner and some drinks.
Sunday was spent shopping with Francesca and Gene along Oxford Street, though a large part of the day the boys spent in the pub. Unsurprisingly, given we made it to midnight the night before, we crashed in front of the TV and Nicola dozed periodically in front of star wars.
Most of the week was spent pottering in Mundford and the surrounding towns. We tidied the garden, bought bits and pieces for the wedding and Robbie’s parents came to dinner.
On Wednesday we’d promised the NZ contingent a trip to Cambridge, so we met Patrick and had a slow wander around the town, Queens’, Emma and King’s Chapel. We decided to go punting down the backs, and Nicola, being a little rusty, made a slight misjudgement which when compounded with the novice error of trying to free the pole she ended up in the Cam. Not a new experience for her but not the best 5 mins into an hour long punt on a windy day!
Friday was Robbie’s b’day and a day off wedding prep. We spent the day together at the local tourist sites of the Iceni Village and Grime’s Graves. Before heading up to Ashwicken, where Robbie’s parents where staying, for dinner.
The weekend, well that’s another story, but we will say it was a glorious weekend and fantastic to celebrate with the rest of our family and friends.
This week we’ve been exploring and eating leftovers from the wedding. Tuesday we visited Sandringham and today, after faffing with the local doctor we’ve been for a walk in Thetford forest and a pub lunch.
The plan is to head back to London to stay with friends tomorrow and Nicola’s grandparents’ golden wedding celebrations at the weekend before heading to Italy next week.