Downtown to meet up with Denis and Mae

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Nick and Celina left after breakfast; we had a quick clear-up and then headed up the A1 to Downtown. It was another gorgeous day here – just like yesterday – and it seemed to keep the roads pretty empty, so we were there in no time.

It’s Mae’s 65th today and we met there because it’s about half-way between them and us but primarily to hand over her birthday presents. We did a little browsing before hand and bang-on-time at 12.30 we saw them heading towards the restaurant area. We had a good natter over a lengthy, lazy lunch and after saying our good-byes headed to the large Garden Centre to primarily look at the petrol strimmers.

We had a good journey back and were indoors by 3.15. We plan to take it easy for the rest of the day! We put a wash on, emptied the dishwasher, snoozed for a bit and then caught up with the TV we’d missed over the weekend.

Phew! What a busy weekend!

Nick and Celina here…

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Nick and Celina are joining us today – they’re here all day today and are leaving after brekky tomorrow – we’re really looking forward to seeing them again.

honda_s2000 Just after 1pm they arrived in their shiny new Honda. What a gorgeous looking car! We caught up with all their news including Celina’s ‘little project’ involving a B and B in Haworth, West Yorkshire – must help them out with a web-site for it.

Then, after a quick bite to eat, we headed off to Houghton Mill near Huntingdon. It’s a houghton_mill001National Trust property, near the  river and features a working Mill – quite unusual these days. The place was already quite busy mainly because the weather was gorgeous – and maybe because some people didn’t want to be at home watching the Cup Final!

houghton_mill002 We took a look around the Mill, starting upstairs and working down – amazing stuff. We then spent a couple of hours looking round the surrounding area and finished with an ice-cream each from the shop.

dvd_transporter3 We left around 4pm heading home to Pimm’s and nibbles. We sat out for about an hour before settling down to watch Transporter 3 on Blu-Ray DVD. Not a bad film – stunts, excellent…storyline, poor…Jason’s eight-pack, unbelievable!

Around 9pm we sat down for our evening meal. Ann had prepared a spicy prawn dish for starters followed by Lamb cooked with rosemary with loads of vegetables – including fennel (which by a majority vote, got the thumbs down). Dessert consisted of a raspberry soufflé kind of dish – very scrummy. It was all finished off with cheese and biscuits…and Port (fatal for us two…we’re going to have thick heads in the morning!!)

We sat out until 10.45 – it was a perfect evening – putting the world right and drinking far too much – the blue recycling box will be heavier this week! It then got a little cool so we came indoors and continued our conversations whilst attempting to rescue the kitchen from its somewhat disorganised state!

We eventually got to bed around midnight…