Sunny and Warm Afternoon Delights!
17.09.2007 21 °C
Our feet have not hit the ground! Noel and I need Pluravit multi vitamins to keep up! We have had the pleasure of 4 lots of kiwi visitors starting with Wanda & Glyn Pemberton (Raglan) who are estate keepers in Godalming, Surrey. They arrived for the Notting Hill Festival, arrived with backpack and walking shoes, checked in to the Fool 'em Flat and off they went to explore London and all that it provides. Thanks guys for the chocolates and comments (cheeky as they were) left in the Guest Register.
Paul and Rae Ewing provided us with some fun nights, we think Paul is the King of the Cheap Wine Brigade, always seems to find a real "bargain" and is always ready to get the party going, and dear Rae who is the Queen in the kitchen, her white cheese sauce (out of a packet) is the world's best, and one never goes hungry when she appears with her crackers dips and cheeses - we miss you Rae! They were also satisfied no matter what! Great "roomies" who appreciated the cheaper things in life .....Paul knows his potato chips!
Dave and Wendy Timms (Howick) duly arrived, duty free Pimms, kiwi potato peeler and a laundry scoop (I had bought a super king size packet of laundry powder to last us about 2 months, and the damn thing didn't come with a scoop!), in hand and the party began.....we had our first real kiwi bbq in the back yard (see photos), we nearly set the smoke alarms off, the smoke didn't stop, the poor neighbours must have wondered what we were up to, loads of activity, noise and laughter, ..... but the chicken drumsticks and cheap steak tasted great, all washed down of course by Pimms (made with Mint and Cucumber thanks to the boys from the canal trip), and cheap red wine. We sat outside til the wee small hours, listening to great music, Dave particularly enjoyed re-living his youth with Steely Dan!
Noel and I hired a row boat whilst Wendy and Dave enjoyed peddling a canoe in the Serpentine (Hyde Park). The weather perfect, sunny, warm, 21oC, and suddenly Wendy voiced her rendition of a poem starting with "there was a young man from Ealing....who had an incredible feeling ......great fun! A leisurely stroll through Hyde Park on a Sunday afternoon lead us to Princess Diana's memorial fountain...this is the controversial one that didn't operate properly and people had accidents slipping over water cascades! But we must say, it was a rather serene and peaceful and a sight to see everyone with sox and shoes off dabbling their feet, kids paddling and giggling, and the oldies (like us) sitting on the grass and people watching.
Denis and Liz Signal (Howick) now living on the Wirral, Liverpool area, joined us for the weekend. We spent a lovely afternoon at Buckingham Palace and toured the magnificent State rooms all lavishly furnished with the world's greatest treasures, the finest porcelain and English and French furniture, paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and others, and the epitome was the special exhibition of the celebration of the Diamond Wedding of the Queen showing all the wedding costumes, archive film footage and gifts, a well organised worthy tour of this magnificent "living" palace.
Thanks to Denis for driving us in his mercedes to Tunbridge Wells to visit Scotney Castle, a late 18th century castle set in parklands, beautiful gardens, vistas and views. We topped off the weekend with another bbq together with Paul and Rae and again sipped on Pimms, wine and cold beer and chomped on salmon sausages and chicken - another fun night with loads of fun laughter and frivolity. We are making the most of these warm summer evenings.
Our quiet little flat in Fulham needs more activity, so who's our next victim....er house guest....BRING IT ON!!!
PS: An absolute cracker for you : Denis rang Buckingham Palace Tourist Office on Sunday morning regarding the palace tour, overheard Denis in his finest kiwi accent ..."Yeah Gidday, I'm enquiring about the tours of Buck House..." you just gotta laugh - well done Denis!!