22.07.2014 - 27.07.2014 28 °C
Headed off to Maidstone, Kent, last week to meet up with another old college friend of Lesley's, enjoying visiting their house for the first time, and catching up on what's happened since we last met. The next day we spent mostly at Leeds castle, a 12th century castle just down the road from Maidstone. Enjoyed looking round the castle, and seeing a falconry display, but the highlight was a 35 minute segway ride round the grounds. The most challenging part was the 1 on 1 training with the rest of the group (about 10 in the group altogether) watching, plus trying to understand the instructor. We think he was speaking English, but enunciation wasn't his strong point, so we struggled to hear some bits! However, once in charge of our machines on our own, it was surprisingly easy, and great fun - the highlight of the day! We're now planning to go to another park near Chesham where we can segway again. On the way back from Kent we wound our way round the M25 again, watching with interest as traffic going the opposite way crawled along, almost at a standstill. The queue was for miles - looked as though all the cars in NZ were queued up there! We will certainly appreciate the lack of traffic when we get home. Called in on the way to more friends in Enfield, where Lesley used to work, drove past the library, only to find it's been demolished.
Today (27th) is our 40th wedding anniversary, and we were surprised with a cake organised by Lesley's sister. Where has that time gone? Hardly seems possible really. And we have both survived living together, how amazing is that? A wedding anniversary we won't forget in a hurry.
Also attended a large family gathering, organised and hosted by one of Lesley's cousins. About 22 of us - aunts, uncles, cousins, and cousins' children, some of whom we hadn't met before, enjoyed lunch together, so was a lovely opportunity to put faces to some names, and catch up with others, reminiscing, and creating another memorable day for us to look back on.