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Nanny With Her Eldest Grandson

Little Daniel- 28 Tomorrow

Nanny’s Been Framed

Day 1 - Sat. 10th Jan

Well it’s not a straight away start today, we are going to go down to London to meet up with Mary & all her family for a surprise birthday party for her eldest son, Daniel. He lives & works in London & his girlfriend has arranged the party in a cafe in Balham, South London. As we were heading off to Spain & Portugal via the Channel Tunnel it was ideal for us to drop in so I booked a night at the Caravan & Motorhome Club site at Crystal Palace.

The day started with a trip down to the Lowestoft Car Hire depot with Mary to pick up the nine seater car she needed to get all her family in for the trip to London. She was taking her second eldest son, Lukas & his partner plus their two year old twins, together with Leo her 15 year old son, Daysy her 12 year old daughter & finally Sebastian her 7 year old son. It’s probably as well we were going in the motorhome separately to that lot.

We had a quiet trip down to Crystal Palace, a great site for visiting London with excellent bus services to all parts of the capital. Which is our best way of getting around with our free bus passes. By the time we got there, had lunch, a shower & changed into our party togs it was time to head of to find the nearest bus stop.

It took us about an hour to get to Balham where we stopped in a McDonalds for a coffee. Using my iPhone we were able to track Mary who had booked her tribe into an hotel a few miles away. After they had got there & got ready they all came down to Balham on a train. As the Balham Train Station was just down the road from our McDs we met them off the train & eventually made it along the road to the venue for Dan’s party.

All went well & he was certainly surprised to see so many of his family turn up. It was a lovely do with lots of his friends there. The place itself was a bit unusual being in the basement of the cafe but it was great for this occasion. We gave up at 9.30pm & left it to the youngsters as we headed back to Crystal Palace for the rest of the night.

Mileage today - 132

Total Mileage - 132

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