Back to my second home in Zhaoqing. travel blog

Not such a good beginning to our trip.

Four-year-old son of Andy's cousin.

Clouds over the distant mountains.

Bathroom in the new house.

Bathroom in the new house.

Main bedroom.

Hardy and his 'future' girlfriend.

Me, relaxing in the window seat.

Kitchen.

Ah Hong in the kitchen.

Snacks for everyone.

Cousin's mother.

Living room.

View from the balcony.

View from the balcony.

Balcony.

Balcony.

Living room.

Not sure about this, but obvious relevant.

Not sure about this, but obvious relevant.

Cousin's very active son.

Not sure about this, but obvious relevant.

View from the balcony.

View from the balcony.

View from the balcony.

And the crowd grows.

A bus to take lunch guests to the restaurant.

Looking out over the lunch crowdl

Our hot pot lunch, ready to start.

Sister #2, Auntie (Dad's youngest sister) and Uncle (her husband)

Cousin with her son, Hardy, potential girlfriend and Ah Hong.

Front of our lunch restaurant.


Today was to be a long day, and we were planning to leave at 10am, to go to Foshan for a house warming at the boys' cousin's new house. She is their father's brother's daughter, and her husband and her have a small furniture factory in Foshan.

I had woken up early enough to get most of what I need for my stay at Peter's house into a suitcase. I am hoping to be able to get Hardy to collect it when we get back from Foshan, and dropped off with me, at Peter's house.

The boys picked me up at the college at 10am, and we headed up the road to meet up with Uncle and Auntie, and a cousin with her four year old son. They chatted for a little while, then it was time to head off. Evidently Uncle did not know where he was going, as when Hardy drove off, he went very very slowly, waiting for the other car to catch up. But it never did, and we went back, only to find the bonnet up on their car.

It took around an hour, before there was a new battery fitted, and off we went again. It was an uneventful run to Foshan, maybe a bit over an hour, but we went along a lot of country roads, and through smallish towns. Quite interesting sightseeing.

We arrived at the new house, which is part of a relatively new development, in the middle of nowhere, but obviously it won't be for long!!

The house is not very big, but it is very very nice. There are three bedrooms, and two bathrooms, with an average sized living room, great kitchen and a very nice functional balcony. Even though it is not very big, it is absolutely stunningly decorated. Probably one of the nicest places I've seen. Pretty obvious that their business must be doing pretty well, as there appears to have been no cost cutting here.

We were there for a while, when sister #2 arrived from Wushou. It was great to see her, and she took the present for her new niece.

Not long after, we headed out for lunch. Really funny, because I was hanging out with people who don't speak any English, or very very little. I thought that the Hu boys and I were going for lunch. But, no, everyone was going. In fact, there was a bus downstairs that was booked to take everyone to the restaurant. We went in the car, as did some who had come by car, but the bus was there for anyone without their own transport.

The restaurant we went to was a local hot-pot restaurant, not fancy, very traditional, and very nice. I was quite surprised to see that they had about seven tables booked, with ten on each table! Much bigger than I had expected.

I had been messaging Andy, but he was stuck at work in a meeting with a client, and was not going to be able to get away until at least 2pm, so I had to resign myself to just coping on my own!!

After lunch, Hardy and the rest of us headed back to the car. When I asked if we were going home, I thought he said we were, but it seems that I was mistaken!!

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