What an amazing chapter to the adventure! First off, you may have noticed that halcyonhighway has entered its second year in existence and the tag line’s now “Road Trip 2011-2012” which I’m very excited about.
January 16th I arrive in London and go directly to Karin, Darragh and Milo’s house and look who was there to greet me
Karin, Milo and I spent lots of time wandering around museums and such in London, but not before Karin took me for a proper English fry up. Why I look like a very happy Asian man in this picture I’m not really sure
Then we went out to Surrey, to see Hiro Jen and their boys, much food and drinking ensued, it was fun.
After that it was off to the Hotel Russell for nine glorious nights (there’s already a whole post on the hotel)
In London, I got to:
See 4 shows, 5 movies, 6 museums, 8 sets of friends and eat a lot of fish and chips!
One day I headed down to the panto in Greenwich to meet Isabelle, Julius and Lauren.
Christmas Time at Isabelle’s!
I saw Tower Bridge for the first time in 1983, 29 years later I still think its an amazing sight, one of my absolute favorites in London. I took this photo from the boat on the way down to Greenwich
Soon it was time for a little culture at the British Museum, what an incredible collection and the Egyptian floor was simply amazing!
After a swell time in London, it was off to Hebden Bridge for the annual New Years celebration. As usual it was a great party, with all the country neighbors bringing something to eat. We would call it “pot luck” but there it’s called a “Jacob’s Join” which no one really knew why it was was called that, but according to the WWW it has something to do with Jacob from the bible. Sarah and I fought for control as DJ each taking our turns getting everyone off their feet and on to the dance floor. I liked my playlist better and shockingly, Sarah liked hers better! The weather was dresdful for most of the five days I was in HB, but Paula cooked us lovely food and we did manage a walk or two, we also watched a lot of East Enders and Coronation Street.
Time for the Lake District, somewhere I’ve wanted to go for a long time. We were hopeful about the weather, we even had a rainbow greet us on the way down!
Here we spent the next 5 days: Hiding from the rain, eating, drinking, hiking, laughing, wandering around and then laughing some more:
Most of our hiking was done under grey stormy skies and pounding rain, however we did have ONE day of absolute beautiful sunshine and we made the most of it!
So as soon as I saw the brochure I knew that I needed to go to this place, The Pencil Museum. Yeah, I wasn’t getting a groundswell of enthusiasm from the girls either. However I put my foot down and said ” I don’t care we’re going to the pencil museum” “grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble” “Alright darling we’ll go to the Pencil Museum”. I was very excited, after all it is home to the worlds largest colored pencil, now that’s something to be proud of 🙂
Unexpectedly, our visit to the museum went in a different direction. There was a room for children with lots of colored pencils and paper to draw on. All of a sudden there were three rather large children giggling and drawing at the table.
We tease Sarah that the older she gets the more she looks like she’s entirely made up of teeth and long legs. I decided it would be funny to draw a picture of her.
Now you know the old expression “If you can dish it out you better be able to take it” there’s some truth to that statement. I think Paula knew that I was poking the hornet’s nest
Of course while this was going on we were: A) The only ones in the museum B) Probably worse behaved than any of the children who visited that week C) Laughing so loud that one of the museum workers sort of wandered through to make sure “everything was OK” The whole thing was hysterical. The thing is, I could actually trump her in this round but I’ll keep those pictures for a rainy day Sarah, for a rainy day. Be afraid, be very afraid.
And as always Paula “Jackie O” Sutherland comes through the whole thing having had just as much fun as the two loud ones but with her composure firmly in place and looking lovely as ever
Wow this blogpost is getting long, but it’s almost the end. I have to include one last place because its way too cool not to, Castlerigg Stone Circle
And I think that concludes this gargantuan blogpost. In all fairness it does cover a pretty long period of time, almost a month. I was going to include Jesteburg and Hamburg, but I think that needs to be a separate post entirley
One preview picture just for fun:
And now you’re wondering “What the hell is that?”
To be continued……..
Thanks to: Karin, Darrah, Milo, Hiro, Jen, Tyler, Dylan, Isabelle, Julius, Lauren, Franco, Mandy, Reef, Clare, Julian (all other Sporidi and significant others of Sporidi) Sarah, Paula, The inhabitants of Hebden Bridge, Peter, Erika and Luna for a very very enjoyable visit.