The trouble with committing to a daily blog, is when you have to skip a day or two it builds up!
So here is a potted history of the past few days with Hubby's Australian cousins.
They arrived Tuesday evening and the Golden Cheese Tart went down a treat, even Teen Two enjoyed it ( not usually keen on raw veg) so I am glad to have it back on the menu as I am rather partial to it!
For dessert I did the good old faithful White Chocolate Torte with those fancy caramelised biscuits, usually served with lattes.
I used the china tea set gifted to me from my late neighbours for the first time, and the Ozzies really appreciated the "English" touch and intend to serve some desserts the same way when back home.
Teen Two took the photos for me, the top one rather over exposed and this one too far away, but hey, my photography is pretty poor too, but you get the idea of what they looked like.....this one was part way through the final touches, the raspberries really life the dish I think.
Wednesday morning, with the navy being in the family blood, there was only one place the men wanted to be, at the Dockyard, little did we know the new Queen Elizabeth was coming in, so the place was heaving!!
First visit though was HMS Warrior, we were able to show them the parts that Hubby made many years ago...
...the next queue to join was for HMS Victory.
Like our US friends, our cousins from down under are always amazed at how old our history is.
To be honest something made in the 1800's seems almost recent ( only the century before I was born!) whereas things built by the Romans really do seem old, and of course we have many things just locally with that sort of age to them.
We just don't appreciate what's around us I guess.
After a spot of lunch, we then went to see the Mary Rose Museum, and also the new carrier of course, but time didn't allow us to see everything, however our tickets are valid for a year so we have no excuse for not going back.
Back home everyone was shattered....but of course even though I was "weary worn and tired" as my grandmother would say, with feet aching from all that walking, it was into the kitchen for me to make everyone a cuppa and then pop the dinner in the oven.
We had a lovely evening and all went to bed tired out!
Thursday was rather gloomy, and also the day they were moving up country slightly.
We took them to see where the first fleet left for Australia, which of course was of great interest to them.
We then went to Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII where we had a lovely lunch.
It's not every day they will get to eat lunch in such an old castle or one that belongs to one of History's notorious kings!
Nearby is a small garrison church where tea was first drank in England.
All too soon it was time to say goodbye, all the sadder when the last time we said goodbye we knew we would be seeing each other again in a few months...this time its likely we won't meet again, since Australia is such a long way away and we don't have any thoughts of making a return visit.
However, we have enjoyed getting to know them, and social media/skype is an excellent way to keep in touch.
With the family having been waved off, we hurriedly packed an overnight bag and headed up to Coventry.
We had hoped to get there in time to go to the Transport Museum for Hubby, but the traffic was pretty dire, so we didn't manage to do that sadly, so stopped off at a local Harvester before booking in to our hotel...then wished we hadn't!
The above picture is the seal around the bath...
...and this is the mould on the ceiling!
It is probably our first failure as far as researching online and taking reviewers word for the place being good.
There were many good reviews and one bad review...well I think we must have had the same room as the bad reviewer!
It wasn't expensive but I think everyone deserves a clean environment when going in as paying guests.
Needless to say I will be letting the hotel know my thoughts...seeing as I wasn't asked on the way out!
I cant say I had a good nights sleep and was glad when morning broke.
We headed out to camp to collect Teen One, who had really enjoyed her week.
Before going home we made a detour to Turville, a small quaint village in Oxfordshire.
We had called in to Morrisons for the £3 meal deal and I was delighted to find infused water as one of the drink choices....mmmmm!
Almost as soon as we arrived in the village the rain came, so we sat in the car and enjoyed our lunch, waiting for a dry spell.
We went to Turville because this is where the windmill used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is.
Its quite a climb up the hill...
...and the views were stunning from the top...
...I guess the people who own the mill get rather tired of folk coming up to admire their home, so there is a large fence obscuring most of the view...
...this is the best I could get..and that was with my arms has high as I could reach over the fence!
I don't blame the owners for wanting their privacy, it must be very annoying having their home invaded all the time...
...and the best views really do come from down below in the village.
The walk down was far less arduous and the grey clouds lifted.
We took a short walk round the village, where every cottage was delightful.
A fairly short drive away is Russell's Water, which is the pond that Truly Scrumptious drove her car into.
As Chitty is one of my favourite films it was lovely to visit this places, even though they bear little resemblance to the screen shots!
The journey home was pretty miserable as we hit the rush hour traffic and Teen One nodded off pretty quickly...as did I eventually!
Back home there is an endless amount of laundry to tackle, so I am hoping for good weather tomorrow...although we wont be home for much of it,
we received a text from family in Ruislip saying they would like to come down for the day, so it was washing in the machine then a quick trip out to the supermarket to get some food in for the weekend then plan what we are going to do with the kiddies tomorrow!
Sunshine would be such a blessing!!