Bullet the Blue Sky

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

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

After the excitement of Barcelona (and the delightful early morning courtesy of our favourite airline … you know who I mean, Ryan) the rest of Friday was a rather laid back affair, chilling out at home and playing with the kids.

Saturday was a much noisier affair, at least for Grandma, Grampy, Derek and Alex as they spent their day at the Yeovilton Air Show thoroughly enjoying the various fighter planes and air displays. Highlight of the day for Alex was not surprisingly the finale extravaganga complete with assault teams and the dropping of several "bombs"! Also noteworthy was the disbelieving look on the face of the Royal Jordanian aerobatic commander, when upon passing a publicity brochure explaining all about Jordan to Alex the nonchalant reply was “Thank you, I was there last week”.

Sarah and Lauren spent the day shopping and enjoyed lunch at Dobbies World where (according to Lauren, our resident Harry Potter expert) the caliber and speed of delivery of the food was all down to the proficiency of the house elves! A fun BBQ at Uncle Steve's house with giant Jenga and a giant Dog Humphrey rounded out a good day for all and the kids had great fun with their littlest cousin Isla again.

With our avid following of the World Cup it would be remiss not to mention the final games. The third place game between Uruguay and Germany was a great game which Germany won despite a scare as Uruguay rapped the crossbar with the final kick of the game. And so our inter-family wager was to be decided in the final game with Alex vs Derek or as the rest of the world saw it, Netherlands vs Spain. What could’ve been a great game was unfortunately marred by the Dutch decision to play dirty and the referee did well to keep twenty two men on the field as long as he did, allowing the game to be as open as possible. Spain were deserved winners with an extra time goal from the player of the tournament, Andres Iniesta. Alex was rather gutted; it’s been a rough world cup for him emotionally but is still wearing his bright orange shirt and Wayne Rooney gear with pride ;-)

Our last few days in Somerset were relaxing and enjoyable though for the most part uneventful. Derek and Sarah had great fun catching up with Tracy in the village pub and ex-Kodak friends Bill & Kathryn now back in England in Weymouth. The kids had a blast playing on the beach and in the amusement arcades at Weymouth despite the weather being a little bit damp (the worst weather we’ve had in England to date) although this probably lends itself to a more authentic British Beach experience!

After a lovely couple of weeks without touching any backpacks, it was time to set off again and so while Sarah packed and repacked all of the bags again the kids went to school for the afternoon with their cousin Phoebe. Phoebe’s school is a lot smaller than our kids school (total student population of approximately 45!) but they had a great time and even left with homework!
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