We had a good night’s sleep to catch up on the jet lag. Jackie had already left for work when I got up at 7:00-ish and Mike was off a while later. Bonnie got a bit longer in bed, not up until close to 10:00. So, it was a relaxed morning with a light breakfast and catching up on some email.
After I woke up from a short nap on the couch between 12:00 and 1:00, we left #2 Briar Court to walk into St. Neots town centre to find a pub for lunch. The 20-25 minutes walk that we were told about was actually closer to an hour, with several sit-downs along the way. One pub we stopped at was a surprise – they didn’t serve any food, which is quite different from the Ontario liquor laws. I’m quite certain that bars have to at least offer food. We continued on another 15 minutes down the street and found ‘Ye Olde Sun’, a pub with a patio in the rear. It was kinda neat with very low ceilings….I had to duck to get through to the patio.
Lunch was a good homemade burger for Bonnie and I really enjoyed the lamb shank with mashed potatoes and veggies. Bonnie enjoyed her glass of Pinot Grigio and they even had a non-alcohol German beer for me.
We chatted a bit with the locals, mostly about the weather and having a favourite local pub. On the way out, one of the guys wished us luck with the election and Hilary Clinton. I quickly made it very clear that we’re Canadians and want nothing to do with the election nor with our southern neighbours who want to move to Canada to escape the insanity that is Donald Trump!
And then the walk back! It seemed much longer than the walk there, but we finally made it, arriving home about 5:30, just a few minutes before Mike got home from work. About a 1/2 hour later, we were in the car headed for Cambridge to pick up my 2 granddaughters, Isabelle (9…10 in October) and Madeleine (6), from school. The last time Bonnie was here was in 2011 and my last time was in 2013. Since then, we’ve only seen the girls on FaceTime so this face-to-face visit was great! Big hugs from the girls and then off to Haymaker’s, a pub just down the street from where the girls live, for dinner. The food was good and bad – Maddy’s and Bonnie’s pizzas were good, as was Izzy’s fish and chips and my chicken pie, but Mike’s burger was cold and almost raw, not much better after they cooked it a bit more.
After dinner, we went to a nearby park so that the girls could let off a bit of steam and get a few photos. We dropped the girls off about 7:00 and had a chance to say hi to Eleanor, their Mom.
We arrived back home about 8:00, sat and talked with Mike and Jackie for a while before we all headed off to bed about 10:00.