Our very last day here in London, and Tim and I were very sad!
We started the day off by trying to pack a billion things into small suitcases which was never going to work in the first place, but we felt the urge to try and pack it all in! The amount of clothes we bought over this trip was basically the same as the amount I bought in my 30 kilo bag so in the end I had to throw a lot out.
After packing our bags up it was to so go and see some " English Villages" with my Aunt and Uncle! It was great fun! We had not really had to chance to have a look at these little towns or "villiages" as the Brits say. We started by driving through some amazing "forresty" countryside which we were later told was actually going to be part of the 2012 Olympic Bike Riding track which was pretty super! There were a lot of people on bikes going up the road as we were driving and we secretly wondered if any of them were olymipans in training!
We stopped off at a ridge top that allowed us to look all over the valley. It was stunning and I really loved being able to see all these little villages that we were later going to visit! We saw the Gatwick Airport and the railway that headed down to brighton! It was cool! ( and so green!)
After this we drove down little windy English roads, through streets of traditional terraces, with neat gardens and pointed roofs. We saw children walking down the streets in groups like kids do in country towns back in Aussie and the Elderly going shopping at the village's little grocery store. There were dogs and cats EVERYWHERE littering the streets as not much traffic would come past. It seemed like every single town we went through was a little community of its own. Everyone knew everyone else and it was just so great to see!
We stopped off at a larger town to get some groceries ( Tim and I were cooking that night AH!) and then headed to another cute little town for lunch. We sat on their main boulavard and watched people walking their dogs and window shopping. After lunch and little look around that town we headed on.
There was always cool stuff to see out the window and although we were both tired from the night before, with great tour guides like bob and jill it was hard to get sleepy!
On the way home we stopped off at the actualy two where Winnie the Pooh was invented and we learned some interested facts. Like did you know that all the characters in the books were actually the author's son's stuffed toys? He had a Kangaroo, and Donkey etc. Also, the character called " christopher robin" was the authors son! After a wander around the ( very themed) town we went to a little forest that was actually supposed to be the forest that the Pooh books were made from! We could see the river and bridge they go accross, Pooh Corner, Tiger forest etc! It was great ( although you had to use your imagination!)
One last stop got us to an AMAZING castle that was on a hill. It was so beautiful and BIG. Jill told us it was now mainly used for making films which seems very right!
Once home we started on trying to make dinner for Bob and Jill. While Time set to work making a shepards pie, I tried to make and upside down plum cake. As usual Tims dinner came out amazing, tasty and perfect. However, sadly my cake did not have the same furture. It basically fell apart because I used the wrong pan that had a bottom that popped out, thus spilling half the contents of the cake on the floor and the other half on the oven.
We got there in the end , and the cake ended up being a very nice " plum Pudding"