OK, that’s the last day we’re going to sleep in! Mike and Jackie had an early and fast start to the day, but we had a slow start. That’s what vacations are for, right?
Jackie had figured out how we get the bus from Love’s Farm, the housing development area where they live, to Cambridge. We took the short walk to the bus stop to catch the 2:30 bus – only £5 ea. – for the 1/2 hour ride. With the help of the bus driver, we managed to get off at the right stop and then found our way to the main market square. We cooled our heels on the Don Pasquale restaurant’s street-side patio and enjoyed some ice cream and tea. I even had a shot of amaretto to pour over my ice cream. That’s the first time that the demon alcohol has crossed my lips for almost 4 years!
We bought some flowers and a bottle of wine at Mark’s and Spencer then caught a taxi to Izzy and Maddy’s house in Chesterton, a suburb of Cambridge. As soon as the cab pulled over, Izzy came running up the street to meet us. She had just arrived home from school, so our timing was perfect. Izzy and Jonathan, Eleanor’s partner, made sure we were right at home with cool drinks and munchies in the garden. Izzy and Bonnie sat down to colour in one of her colouring books. One of Bonnie’s favourite pastimes!
After a while, Jonathan left to pick up Maddy from her gymnastics class. Of course, when they arrived, Maddy demonstrated her skills with cartwheels, etc. The girls and I played frisbee – Monkey in the Middle – for a while.
Eleanor arrived home from work and got right into making dinner for the 6 of us: risotto with lots of vegetables. It was delicious and topped off with some ice cream.
Dinner was wonderful and really special, since we got to have another great visit with the girls. Thanks to all 4 of our hosts for their excellent hospitality. We had a cab pick us up shortly after 9:00 PM for the ride back to St. Neots. Mike and Jackie were already in bed, so after some computer catch-up, we hit the hay. A big day tomorrow….a 5 hour drive to Lake Windermere, in The Lake District, Cumbria.