Friday 27 June

Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
Trip End Oct 27, 2008

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Friday 27th June
Dorothy and Paul left at 7am to make the drive to Boston to pick up Bev. We knew they would not be back until after lunch so we amused ourselves until then.
We tidied up the van which was shamefully untidy (we have been very organised and kept everything in its place pretty much the whole time. In fact when it is tidy and ready for departure you would not believe we were living inside it for 5 months as everything has been given a home in a cupboard).
We then ventured into the town of Springfield to have a look around.  The Chamber of Commerce houses the Simpson family life-size figures that you can sit next to and have your photo taken with.  All the Springfields in the US had a competition to find a real-life home for the Simpsons and each had to give reasons why THEIR town should be the one. Springfield, Vermont won it ! It has caused quite a bit of media attention and we were not the first from the other side of the world to visit! (not that it was actually on our list of things to see!)
We had an ice-cream (of course) in a shop owned by a man who had been running it for a year or so, although he has diversified into Deli products too which is sensible when you consider the drop in temp.over the winter up here!
Vermont is very pretty although I would LOVE to see it in the fall and also in the snow too!
We wandered back up the hill to have lunch and decided to stop on the little green half way up the road, where there was a park and picnic tables under the trees. We had lunch there and then made our way back to the house, in plenty of time to meet the others coming back from Boston.
They were a lot quicker than we anticipated so we were only just in time really.
Dorothy and Paul had managed to keep it a big surprise that we were there so when they drove in it was all very emotional. Bev was wandering why they hadn't told her that they had bought a camper, Dorothy was saying to Paul "why did you leave the bonnet up on the camper Paul?' -  until I walked round the front and she saw me.  She was completely shocked and couldn't open the door fast enough!  We haven't seen each other for 4 years so it was a great moment. It was a truly unplanned thing too which made it even better.
By this time it was getting seriously hot and very humid so we all dashed inside to the cool of the house.  We spent ages chatting and catching up on all the gossip and even went to sit outside on the deck until the heavens opened.  It must have been a squall that passed over... I have never seen such violent instant wind and rain. It was thundering and lightening too. Steve and I went rushing out to shut all the vents and windows and to try to stop the awning from blowing away. We had the added terror of big branches falling down on top of the van.  It was a nightmare for about 20 mins. Then it all stopped. Talk about extreme conditions.
Dorothy made a beautiful meal and we all had a lovely evening but we were all exhausted. Bev was jet-lagged, D&P were tired from their early start and us? Well we are permanently tired from travelling so we were all in bed before it was dark!
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