Another disastrous morning with the trains! I had to run all the way from the far end of the car park and missed it. I was already later then usual and then the next one didn’t go to London Bridge so I had to wait half an hour for a train. Glad I don’t need to catch one for a few days.
I made it outside at lunch time and bought some fruit treats for the weekend. Know what these are?
Mangosteens! I also bought some weird aubergines – that photo has made me giggle, remembering what Harvey did with them 🙂
So good to be in Turnips again.
And to eat one of these again. Boy this was good, even better for being eaten at 3pm when I was really hungry – what a late lunch!
I have worked very hard this week and long hours. As recompense, I was allowed to leave at 4pm today and I met these 2 gorgeous people and we headed off to Leeds Castle.
I thought of you today Kath – remember when we used to meet here every week when those boys of ours were toddlers?
This is such a beautiful castle and we were here to watch the Olympic torch.
We struck lucky and were right in the front. Whoop whoop. I do love a good view.
Here it is.
We wandered round and looked at the stands, receiving free Natures Valley bars and bottles of Coke. The corporate branding is everywhere.
There was a fly past but I was too slow with my camera – hope these guys got it.
It was all over quite quickly though so we decided to go out for supper. The timing worked out for James to join us so we met at the pub and literally turned in to the car park at the same time.
I had been recommended the The Hawkenbury Inn, which is between Staplehurst and Sutton Valance a couple of years ago. When we sat down and were handed the menu my heart sank. It was a glossy colour menu with about 50 items on it. No decent chef can make that many meals from scratch and sure enough, everything was bland and microwaved. I had salmon fishcakes on a bed of Mediterranean vegetables (apparently)
followed by a school pudding – treacle sponge and custard.
We had a pleasant evening but will not be returning there.
It was fun going to Leeds Castle and being part of the torch relay and we have just enjoyed watching it on the local news 🙂
Great blog to represent a great day!! 🙂 x.x.x
Thank you. So happy I could be there to enjoy it too 🙂 x
A lovely photo of James, L & H…xxx
I think so too 🙂 x
So do I. I had to show it to Bob and keep it on my own computer. Next time, get someone to take a picture of the 4 of you.
I had to repost on FB because this is such a great blog of what real life is at the best of times, let alone being there for the Olympic Torch arriving. Thanks for taking us readers along for the ride Zöe!
Hugs to Lara for the great pictures with Harvey! Looking great my dear!
What an honour – thank you Laura. We are so lucky to be not only in the same country as the Olympics but also near everything so we are trying to make the most of it all. Delighted you are enjoying it too.
Loving Harvey’s haircut, very smart boy. That pub should be shut down serving food like that – grrr it does make me cross! Are Mangostines the same as Rambutan? If they are then I will happily travel all the way to Borough market to get some, my favorites xxx
Check out today’s blog for an update on that one 🙂
He looks even more gorgeous with short hair than he did with long. x
Oh that made me a tiny teeny bit homesick! I do remember so well spending time there with you and our 2 small boys! even in the snow! It looks lovely in the summer, well done seeing the torch relay, lucky you! Harvey has grown so much, looking very grown up these days
He does look grown up, I think the short hair cut has made a difference. I enjoyed telling him about there he used to play with Henry 🙂