Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Catching up With Family and Friends

Our first stop back in the UK was to Elaine's sisters place in Maidstone. They took us to some fantastic pubs in the Bearstead area.  It was the archetypal English village scene with packed pubs on the green with a game of cricket going on in the middle. Due to my head being in other places at the time, I didn't take any pics. 

We were also visited by Elaine's gorgeous niece, Leyna and her family ...

Elaine's grand nieces Evie and Connie, are such lovely little girls.  They made Elaine and I loom band bracelets which we are wearing proudly ...

On Sunday we drove up to London and moored up at the Crystal Palace caravan club site.  We had an Indian take away on Sunday night and, my God, it was good.

Yesterday we caught the train and tube into London to catch up with  our great boaty friends, Dot and Gordon from the Aston Marina Hardcore crew!

Check out the new Routemaster....oh and Dot and Bombo!

After lunch and a few drinks at the pub we headed off to Dot and Gordon's boat which was moored up outside the Canal Museum at Kings X.

We had a couple more drinks, nibbles and a good catch up.  I would have to say it felt really good to walk through a NB again, it felt huge compared to the motorhome!

The weather was also fantastic, so a quick top up of tan was required ...

Sammie suddenly remembered Dot and leapt on her to smother her in kisses ...

Not sure if  Dot enjoyed the kisses ...

We left Dot and Gordon about 19.00 to go to our next appointment, the tube was packed and oh so hot.

We caught the tube to Highbury.  Just outside the tube was this pub, Elaine said how nice it was of them to name a pub after me ... adding that it was a pity they forgot the head after the cock!

We then met up with Elaine's other niece the gorgeous actor/dancer/aerial entertainer, Josie-Beth ...

We had a lovely night in a lovely pub ...

We then caught the overground tube back to Crystal Palace finally arriving home at 12.30am.

Today we will do it all over again.

I would have to say it feels really great to be back in the UK.

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