We had a great long weekend away in the 'van. No lucky heather was sold, nor palms read, simply a couple of days out in and around the capital.
On Saturday we acquainted ourselves with the site and the locale. The boys, whose whole existence is only made bearable by the playing of football, were very happy to be playing said game on the grass opposite. First they were told to get off the seeded grass - just about OK, but a bit grumpily delivered - second they were told to play only between our two 'vans - starting to feel like we were "not from around here" now - and finally, were were informed that due to complaints they had to stop playing football altogether. Let's just sumarise it by saying that Maggot 2 scored the site nought out of five. And that was only coz he was not allowed to go negative. The silver lining, as much as it was, was that they found a new game that definitely played to their strengths, by discovering the games room, from where they started their club, with Maggot 3 (eldest of our friends' children) being the boss - she is good at that - and Maggot 2 being the second in command - he is good at that, some authority, but not too much - and Maggot 4 (youngest of our friends' children) being the general dogsbody - not so sure he relished that particular role, but he is a trooper and soon knuckled down.
Sunday saw us visit Hampton Court, which for Tudorphiles like ourselves was about as good as it got. The buildings and the history and the exhibits and the live enactments were right up our street. Five out of five from the older members of the group.
Monday saw us visit Legoland. This was for the children, was what I was saying under my breath, and through gritted teeth, for most of the day. In fairness, we did get wet on the very first ride, so spent the first six hour with a wet bum, so there was some fun to be had. Children gave this five out of five. Adults, for political reasons, and the threat of a beating from the Whip's Office, gave it two out of five.
A most enjoyable time was had by all, and I returned to work feeling refreshed and relaxed and full of the joys of Autumn . . .
I think you can probably finish that sentence.