With apologies to anyone reading this who isn't a family member - this is my trip down memory lane / connecting with family section.
On the way down to Herne Bay, we discovered where all the population of the UK lives - on the M25.!!!
Saturday was a day for Op shopping for the girls, and football viewing (Arsenal v Tottenham),for the boys at the Rodney's Pub (Peter Monkhouse's old home) before my cousin Janet picked us up to visit Aunty Jean and Uncle Gordon. Jean was in bed in her room, but was quite bright and we had a lovely visit for about an hour. She has been much better since coming off some medication. Janet then took us to her place where Peter had made a beautiful meal. Kristina was there with Maddie, and Phillip and Jenny were also there with Alice. Both babies are the same age so it was fun. It was a great day for catching up with relatives, and on the way home, Janet showed us a couple of houses that mum had lived in when she was younger.. Sunday was a relaxed day fro us, with church in the afternoon - just a small group - about 12 people, then home for roast chicken dinner.
Monday was Heritage Day for me. We walked to Herne Bay Court, which is for sale and being looked after by a caretaker, so we wandered around at our leisure, remembering, and taking photos. It was good closure for me, and lovely to be able to wander in peace and where I wanted to go. Leaving there, we walked to Kings Road School, took some photos - a teacher saw and came out to see what we were doing - security consciousness is mad over here, like in USA. We also had a coffee at a shop across from the school before walking past the pond where model boats used to be popular, to the station to check out the timetable for the next day. Then we moved on to the seafront for more photos of the beach, bandstand, pier, pavilion, houses etc and for fish and chips - not as good as at home!! On a whim, we caught a double decker bus to Canterbury past the cemetery and a windmill,- getting the front upstairs seats, wahoo -, for tea and scones , and then back home - it was getting dark by then. We took Rosa and Maureen ( who lives with Phil and Rosa) out to tea at a Thai restaurant. It was a fantastic day.
Tuesday, we caught the train to London and spent the day on the Underground, coming up to street level at whim and seeing the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, walked along the Thames, Ice Arena, crossed London Bridge, and ended up at Leicester Square in the dark so visited the National Gallery, had tea at Garfunkels and caught the Underground again back to Liverpool Street station in time to collect our luggage and catch the Dutch Flyer train to Harwich International Port to catch another Stena Line ferry to Holland. This time we had a cabin as it was an overnight trip, and had a short, but good sleep.