We resume our travels after a ten week break in New Zealand. Thank you to our friends and family who had us to stay, and to Paul who loaned us his car for the duration. We spent time in Auckland, Te Puke and the last 5 weeks in Papamoa with our daughter, both before and after the birth of our beautiful grandson, Paxton. Leaving him was not easy, but we were lucky to spend 3 weeks living with the new family and seeing him grow from his birth weight of 8lb 1oz to 10lb 10oz. He is thriving!
The night before we left we had a lovely family dinner at Covo in Grey Lynn with Sue’s brother, sister and families. We were driven to the airport by Pete and Tracey, stopping for a meal at Galbraith’s Alehouse where our son met us and came to the airport to say goodbye. It was nice of Fiona to drop by to farewell us also.
We left at midnight on Thursday and flew via Hong Kong where we had a 90 minute stopover before arriving at Heathrow at 3.15pm Friday, 6th July. After clearing customs we caught the tube to Hatton Cross where we had a good night’s sleep at Jury’s Inn. Next morning we continued our journey by tube to Paddington, train to Bristol and finally, Highbridge. We were met by Andrew and went back to his home where “Homer” awaited us. After charging up a dead battery (Homer had broken his heart in our absence) we had a reasonably early night and slept well.
This morning Sue, Andrew and I removed “Homer” from his spot beside Andrew’s house and after stocking up at Morrison’s in Burnham we arrived back at Home Farm and got ourselves sorted out before heading to the bar to watch the Men’s Final of the Tennis at Wimbledon.