A Sort of Homecoming

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Grandma & Grampy's House

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We're home….sort of…. OK, so we won’t actually be home in Canada for another two months yet, but as the UK was our home prior to immigrating to Canada and is where most of our extended family still lives, it still kind of feels like home and is a lot more familiar than anywhere else we’ve been in the last six months! Despite our flight being moved up by half an hour (causing a rather panicked drive to the airport at 6:30am) the actual flight from Amman to Heathrow was pretty uneventful and we arrived an hour earlier than expected. Luckily Grampy was on the ball and was waiting for us and the kids were delighted to see him. Apparently, Alex had been heard long before he was seen due to a little encouragement to blow his Vuvuzela by the customs officer!

It didn’t take much persuasion for Derek to agree to a pub lunch instead of a Heathrow sandwich for lunch and we were soon on our way, driving along familiar roads and remarking on how little things seem to change. Our pub lunch was an excellent reminder of just how good English beer is and despite the length and breadth of our recent travels and much testing by the wayside there are few countries that can rival the beers of the British Isles!

Our last few trips home have coincided with lousy weather and it was a pleasant change to drive back to Somerset under beautiful blue skies. The kids were so excited to see Grandma and Poppy (the dog) that the drive passed quickly. We had arrived on the fifth birthday of our niece Hannah and so after much hugging, bouncing and tail wagging we were off again – time for tea and birthday cake! It was a full family affair and Lauren and Alex were so excited to see all of their cousins after not seeing a single soul that they knew for six months!

Happy Canada Day to all of our friends at home! It seems odd to think of our friends celebrating Canada Day in the warm sun when last time we saw most of them the temperature was hovering in the minus 40’s!
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