Sunday morning

It is still a little windy this morning.  Not quite the gusting wind that came through here yesterday.  It is interesting to be in an old house with a strong wind.  Lots of noise.  At least the sun is out today, even if it is just above freezing.

Today is a chore day.  I’ll be heading to the workshop shortly to finish the bookshelves.  My list for today includes a walk with Susanna and the dogs, painting the new door for the workshop, and moving stuff from the workshop to the garage in preparation for structural repairs on the workshop.

The boys have gone to their mother’s house for the next couple of days (as is almost always the routine on Sunday mornings).  Will helped me go over my plans for the kitchen island I’ll build next (after I fix the barn).  Will and Ben also started writing a blog.  It’s still new, so something fun to do – it will be seen if they stick with it for longer than a week.

I think the whole family is ready for spring and warm weather.

Saturday morning

We had a slow Saturday morning.  Ben slept in until almost 7 and Will until nearly 8.  Of course Susanna and I are still getting adjusted to the time zone and we were up at 5am.

New Mailbox

Yesterday the mailbox post fell over in the snow storm (no idea if it was just time, or if a plow/car bumped it).  This morning Will and I headed to Home Depot to get a new post.  $30 and 15 minutes of work later, we have a new post.

Not a very exciting house project.  Nor was it much work, but getting mail is nice.

This afternoon we are going to Mitchell College to visit the “Cat in the Hat” fair that the early childhood education department is putting on (and where Susanna is spending the morning).

I’m planning on taking Will to get new shoes after the fair while Ben goes to his piano lessons.  I know shoes aren’t that exciting, but he is complaining about blisters on his feet, so he wants to go shopping.

I think we will take a quiet day here – last night was “Bouncy Castle” night at the boys school.  Imagine 50 elementary school students running crazy around the gym filled with bounce houses.  Of course I think they should supply beer/wine/margaritas for the parents.  No point in the kids being the only ones having fun.

 

 

Pictures from London

Susanna and I are enjoying our last minutes in London at the SAS Lounge in Heathrow Airport (it is a nice benefit of being a Star Alliance Gold member – I can use the lounges on international flights).  Next stop is Ottawa on Air Canada.

The last full day in London was a blast.  We went to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in the morning.  It was well worth the time spent there – lots of fun.  Susanna didn’t make the scream tunnel (too scary I think), but her mom, Charlotte, and I went through.  I thought it was funny (not too scary), but the girls in the line behind me were terrified (they were holding on to my coat for dear life the whole walk – and I didn’t even know them).

We had lunch at a hamburger place nearby, and then off to shopping (okay, not the whole day was fun),  We spent way too long at Primark shopping for clothes.  Dan got bored and went for a drink.  I eventually wandered outside and sat on the street to watch people walk by.

We returned home in the early afternoon.  Susanna and I went town to the hotel spa.  It was a little disappointing.  The steam room was nice,  but the hot tub wasn’t so hot (more of a warm tub).  That night we went to Cafe Rouge for Dan’s birthday dinner (after drinks, games and gifts in the hotel room).

This morning we were up early and took the underground to the airport.  I recommend getting an oyster card to get around if you go to London.  It is a prepaid card – you are charged the lowest rate for each trip you do.  No stressing about paper tickets.

As promised, pictures from the trip:

Centaur at the British Museum (this is for Will and Ben)
Ben's Cookies (Kingston High Street Station) - we never went it, but thought the name was worth a picture
View from our walk around Notting Hill
The required photo of Susanna in a phone booth.
And of course... Rebecka in a phone booth

Heading home

We are heading home today. We just checked out of the hotel and are getting a coffee on the way to the airport. We had a great trip, lots of fun. I’ll write more about it when I get home. But for now I’ll upload some of the pictures from the visit to Madame Tussauds Museum. I’ll fix the pictures if I can get Wifi in the airport.

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Susanna at Madame Tussauds

 

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Me hanging out with a couple of friends from work (ok, not really)

 

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Rebecka attacked by the hulk

 

London (day 3)

We are starting today off a little slower than yesterday. I was up at 7:30 and went up the street for a coffee and muffin (and free Internet). Susanna sleept in – so we passed on the family breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast we all met up at the cafe and then headed our own ways. The girls (Susanna, her mom, sister and cousin) headed to Piccadilly Circus for shopping.

Susanna’s dad, Dan, and I headed out to visit the museums. The first stop was the British Museum. There we saw the Rosetta stone and other artifacts of ancient Egyptian civilization. We also visited the Greek and European exhibits. The museum
Was followed by a beer and snack at a local pub.

We took the underground to the Imperial War Museum and spent the afternoon there. It was a perfect sized museum. Not too big. The British Museum is way too big to take in at once. It was a good assortment of items from the military, plus a very sobering section on the Holocaust.

After that another bite to eat and a beer at a different pub.

Now back to the room for a bit and then out to a show this evening. Pictures to follow later.