This is a special day: our last visit with Isabelle and Madeleine and an afternoon/BBQ dinner with Jackie’s family.
We were up early so that we wouldn’t miss the 9:33 X5 bus into Cambridge. That went like clockwork, including a cab sitting right there for us to take to 99 Union Lane, the girls’ home. They had arrived home from a sleep-over not too much before we got there at 10:30. They were a little tired, but none the worse for wear. Eleanor was busy making our lunch with Maddy’s help while Izzy, Bonnie and I chatted in the living room. When Maddy was finished helped her Mom with lunch, we went outside to play frisbee, look at the girls’ photos albums going back to their births and generally just enjoying being together in the sunshine.
A delicious mushroom and onion quiche was served at noon, in the garden. Jonathan had even been thoughtful enough to pick up a non-alcohol beer for me…..much appreciated.
It wasn’t long before we had to leave. Eleanor and the girls drove us to the Parkside bus stop, in central Cambridge, for the 1:10 bus back to St. Neots. The goodbye hugs were great, but the leaving was a bit sad. No doubt it will be a couple of years before we see them again, other than on FaceTime.
Shortly after returning to 2 Briar Court, Jackie’s family began arriving. There were Graham and Jane (parents), John, Natalie and Jacob (older brother, wife and son), James and Jennie (younger brother and wife), and 3 extra dogs. Lot’s of excitement. Mike and Jackie had done a great job setting up for the BBQ dinner: all sorts of salads & other munchies on the kitchen table as well as seats and table in the garden. Mike grilled a variety of meats – sausage, burgers, steak and chicken – all delicious.
We had good conversation and lots of laughs, as we got to know each other. We announced the name chosen for Mike and Jackie’s boy to the family: Icabod Bjørn. They all, well all but Jackie, latched onto that right away and even shortened it down to ‘Icky B’. I’m thinking that that’s what he’ll be called regardless of what his ‘other’ name is.
The visit broke up about 8:00 PM, but not before getting a group photo, and the rest of the evening was spent relaxing.