|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on February 18, 2011 at 4:40 AM|
We begin this ‘blog’ by thanking a couple of people for the, totally unexpected, anniversary wishes that we received upon waking yesterday morning – Dot (my Mum) and Marty & Miriam (our good friends from Chicago) with whom we are looking forward to meeting up with in Miami for 5 days on Sunday. We appreciated very much your good wishes; it gave a great start to what was a lovely day. From the time of Gary’s proposal 5 years ago whilst we were staying at Paganetti’s in Daylesford we have attempted to return there to celebrate not only our nuptials but also our anniversaries. This year obviously that was not possible but I’m sure we will manage a long weekend away there soon, at this beautiful place which holds so many wonderful memories for us.
Last night we decided to use the opportunity to avail ourselves of the wonderful food & hospitality of our ‘local’ restaurant – Newchurch House. As we have in the past, we experienced an absolutely delightful meal. I can’t decide which is better – the food or the service! It is disappointing that we not only won’t get to savoir the food at Newchurch House again but we won’t experience the hospitality of Michelle – co-owner & wife of the chef.
Yesterday was a little sad for me, particularly as we were saying goodbye to our wonderful Vanessa – the godsend who had been coming in weekly to clean this house. Even though we haven’t always been here when Vanessa came into clean, on those we were, we got to know a lovely woman. We did tell her that we had just the excuse to return in April - to attend her wedding! I don’t think she realised we were joking at first.
Our ‘blogs’ since returning from Ireland have been non-existent due to the fact that we have been getting organised to leave Newchurch to begin our journey home. It’s hard to believe that our 15½ weeks (108 nights) away is almost at an end. We did work out that of the 96 nights we have had occupancy of Brook House here in Newchurch we have only slept here on 62 of those nights. We have certainly done a number of things and seen a multitude of places & things and the experiences we have had together have made the trip worthwhile in every sense. To have experienced a very ‘White Christmas” in Bavaria, Germany; lunched in Liechtenstein; Dinner in the Eiffel Tower; attended a Moulin Rouge show; spent a day at the Louvre; attended a West End theatre production of Phantom of the Opera; rode on the London Eye; visited that pile of rocks - Stonehenge; experienced temperatures during the day of -8C in Prague; kissed the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle; left our hearts in Tipperary; spent most of the kids inheritance at the Waterford Crystal factory; Gary managing to get to 5 English football (soccer) games & I accompanied him to one, which he enjoyed immensely; to name just a few.
One activity we did manage to accomplish a couple of days ago was to visit the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park only about 10 minutes from here. We are unsure if you recently saw the u-tube footage on the news (we expect it would have been broadcast world-wide) about a Silverback Gorilla named Am Bam who walks upright, on his two legs just like human beings. He was raised as an infant by a woman after being orphaned, hence his ability (self-taught) to walk upright. He has been doing this for approximately 20 years now, but due to the advent of u-tube Am Bam has become a world-wide hit. We weren’t fortunate enough to see him actually walk, but we did see Am Bam stand & pose for photos, which was very amusing.
So, today will be spent packing our bags and organising Brook House before we are driven up to the Sofitel at Heathrow Airport tomorrow lunchtime where we will spend the night before we fly out to Miami on Sunday morning. As we are meeting with friends in Miami for the 5 days, we are not expecting too much time being available for posting our blogs. That will just need to wait until we return home.
Categories: 2010 - 2011 UK; Europe & USA