The family marathon and pub grub

Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
Trip End Apr 15, 2014

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

After our whirlwind adventure in South America, it was time to head home for a quick stop off before heading to Asia. We had 2 and a half days, and as we have given up our beloved flat and are flying in and out of London, we decided to stick around in the city, so everyone kindly came to meet us.

We were staying in Earls Court, and it was so nice to sit on the tube and hear cockney accents and be able to understand what people were chatting about. The first thing on our agenda was to get some good old English food (which arguably would be a curry, but Nath is still feeling a bit peeky and the Curry King couldn't go to a curry house and not have a blow your bum off spice feast) so we opted for a Fullers pub, which it turned out to be the first of three we would visit that weekend. Even the stale smell of pub was great for us, we ordered our pints and pie and mash, admired the budget Xmas dec'ers and waited excitedly. When it came out, it was all very beige, slightly sad looking pie, instant mash and soggy cabbage- it was fantastic! We ate every mouthful, oh pub grub, get in my tummy! After that taste sensation, we retired to hotel to watch good old British telly in bed- we were happy brown bunnies.

The next day was the day we were meeting the first lot of our three sets of parents, which were Naths Dad and his wife (hello BDG and Kim) We got haircuts in the morning (don't think she was impressed with the mass of unbrushed Medusa mess on top of my head) and did a Boots stock up shop to last the next 4 months (Nath nearly cried when he got his card out and told me Christmas was cancelled) and then we went to meet Mike and Kim on the Southbank- at a Fullers pub. After some drinks, we ordered some food and I had one goal in mind, to have as many roast dinners as possible whilst I was in the UK, so managed to get them to agree to give me the Christmas dinner menu, which had an great sounding veggie option- which it tuned out they didn't have, so I said I would swap that for veg and a yorkie pudding, the yorkie pudding being paramount! There was some confusion about what I could have and I was told there were no yorkie puddings, I don't know whether the chef was being awkward, or he was trying to toy with my emotions, but when he said that, a little part of me died inside! As it transpires, they did have some, they gave me one, nobody died, so all ended well.

The next day was a double bubble with Nath's Uncle John and Aunty Em for brunch, and then my parents and sister in the afternoon. It turns out that John and Em (hello John and Em) were staying across the road from us and we went to a really nice little place at the end of our road. Again we were excited for English food and what is more English (apart from a roast dinner and a curry) than an English breakfast. Another one of my general life rules is 'everything is better with an egg on/in it' there are of course, some exceptions to this as pickled eggs are 50 shades of wrong and an abomination to all senses, but we all enjoyed our food which contained many eggs.

Next up was my family, who got the train down from Shropshire, which isn't something normally worth noting, but my family are country bumpkins, and managed to change trains in Brum New Street and everything! They even got the tube to Earl Court with some basic instructions, but I would have liked to see them try and find their way, my mum trying to read the signs with her nose wrinkled and her glasses in her handbag, and my dad people watching (this involves occasional pointing, and him using his outside voice when he should use his inside voice) and my sister trailing behind, bump and all. On their first train they didn't have a seat as it was so full, even though she is 6 months preggo, my sister didn't use the pregnant card to have a sit down- when I'm 'with child' I fully intend to lap it up 'yeah, I do need 7 boiled eggs for breakfast because the baby needs protein' and 'ummm yeah, I'll have the veggie lasagne with a side of roast dinner, the baby is hungry, it's not for me of course'.
The fam wanted to go see Harrods with all the lights, so we battled the Xmas crowds, and wandered round the mega expense stuff for an hour or so, we all found things that we 'really did need' but managed to resist (which is one my mums strongest skills- not spending money, again not something I have inherited) and somehow our dad managed to resist buying his favourite gals a Mulberry bag each (if he knew how much one cost, his face would be like a cartoon, his jaw would drop, his tongue would roll out and his eyes out pop out his head)
After buying a tree decoration and some fake snow, we went onto the Winter Wonderland for a walk round, stopping quickly for a mulled wine (well it wouldn't be Christmas without one would it?) we made our way round to the front of the wonderland to be greeted by most of London it seemed! The queue went on forever, and they were announcing an hour wait, so we sacked that off and went to Southbank to the Christmas market, which was nice, and had a chocolate section! Then we went back to the same restaurant we had had brunch in for a meal, but had to cut it short as Nath was feeling peaky again. It turns out that after a parasite, you can become lactose intolerant- oh the humanity! Nath not being able to eat cheese, or drink milk, he hasn't shut up about how much cheese he was going to eat in London and now it has forsaken him!
The next morning we had breakfast and went to pack and said goodbye to my family.

Our final family stop was in Gunnersburry park to see Naths mum Ange, Andrew, Matthew, Katie and the family dog Harley for a walk and Fullers pub number three for a roast dinner. Out of happy coincidence as Nath and I entered the park through a side gate, we pretty much bumped straight into the fam, and set about our walk. The weather was miserable, and we soon got rained off, so went to the pub early. We had a cider to start (first of many) and perused the menu. There wasn't ever any question that I was going to have anything else but a roast dinner, but they didn't have a veggie option (gasp I hear you say) but all I wanted to roast veg, with more roast veg and a yorkie pudding, but I wasn't prepared for what was to come- they didn't have any veggie gravy! Hell hath no fury like a woman with no gravy! I was gutted, but they did give me every sauce they had, which was a poor compromise, but a compromise never the less, and hay, I'm a hardened traveler now, I'm used to slumming' it. We spent the next couple of hours laughing our heads off, Nath making funny videos of his mum on his new phone and playing with the dog, who was very well behaved. Before we knew it, it was time to get our train to collect our stuff and head for the airport for our next adventure- Asia!

Thought of the day- thanks to everyone who came to see us, it was great to catch up

I tried to take a couple of pictures of our family for the blog, this proved to be hard, as apparently at any given moments at least one of them has at least one of their eyes close.

Also, I'm very excited to see my new niece or nephew when we get back
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