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Published: October 8th 2017
We hired another car in Bristol. This time I sat facing to the front so I could see the road and driving activities. It was just over an hour’s drive but when we got to the narrow windy bits I wasn't very happy and started to cry. They wouldn’t stop, for what felt like an eternity, but eventually we reached 47 Fore Street. It looked lovely, but we didn’t have a key, or phone number or internet! Luckily there was a pub a few doors up the road. It was warm, I could feed, and somehow the key situation resolved itself.
We stayed to have dinner in the pub (the “Lamb Inn”), and I met a little girl, Isla Rose (2 yrs old), and her parents (Amy and Darren). Isla rose was very pretty and kind - she gave me some of her blocks to play with, and her mother brought me a twisty wire frame with beads. We arrived home late again and I slept in my nice cosy cot all night!
The house was lovely! It was a cute little cottage with many many books that everyone was excited to
find. Grandma found the "William" series which she had loved as a child and forgotten the name of, so she was thrilled. Daddy read some fairy tales written in rhyme by Roald Dahl which sounded a bit odd, but were very funny. Mummy found the "Magic Faraway Tree" books that she had loved when she was little. The doors and ceilings are quite low in the house, so daddy (and sometimes mummy) have to bend down in order to walk through.
We had a relaxing day, where I could play on a big carpeted floor with lots of chair legs that I could climb. Grandma also found a rocking horse for me to play on. In the afternoon, grandma and grandpa’s friends (Yvonne & Patrick) came to visit. They have two children – Sianainn, 9 and Patrick, turning 6 next week, who played a lot with daddy. Our dinner was a home cooked chicken soup, which was delicious!
I had chicken soup and porridge for breakfast. Daddy said grandmas porridge was like Mt. Versuvius because it had risen very high and tumbled down over the sides of the bowl!
Mummy, daddy and
I went for a walk around the township and church, and had a few chats with the locals who were very friendly! They gave their perspective on Brexit, which they thought was a fine thing. Unfortunately for them, we weren’t hanging around, as they were trying to recruit us to work on the Church garden!! The town was very pretty, and we were having a splendid time, until it started raining! Mummy and daddy aren’t used to the sudden English showers, and hadn’t brought any wet weather gear! So we hid in someone’s doorway(until they returned from their soccer match) and, when the rain got a little lighter, dashed back.
In the afternoon, we drove to Exeter so that daddy could buy a new backpack and he couldn’t resist a pair of rock climbing shoes to boot! We then drove to Kentisbeare to our friend’s place, although it took us a little while to find as they had removed their gate’s name, so we had to ask the locals for guidance. They had a lovely big house with a lovely red rug in front of a fire. Daddy played a lot of hide and seek with their children, and
taught them some rollerblading. I especially liked the hide and seek game when Sianainn hid under our coats on the lounge and daddy couldn’t find her! When grandma lifted me up, I pulled all the coats off her and she just giggled. I slept in front of the fire while everyone had dinner and didn't wake up till we got back to our cottage.
Our friends arrived after breakfast, with the mission of driving us to Dartmoor. Daddy went in the convertible which had the roof down, whilst I was in my front facing seat in the Volvo 4WD. Sianainn asked her mum to put the roof of the car down so that daddy would be too cold to beat her in a running race up the big hill. Patrick was sure he would beat daddy, but later (when lying down half way up the hill), he said that he hadn't realised quite how fit daddy was!!. He nevertheless regained his energy and managed to go right to the top of the big rock. We stayed a while there, daddy walking and running with me on his back. There were many wild ponies and
quite a few sheep dotted around the countryside, and we could see for a long way in all directions from the big rock. Yvonne said they burn the bracken / ferns periodically to kill the ticks which hide there.
We then drove to a lovely little town with a very old church with a big tower, where we stopped for lunch sitting outside in the sun. The wasps liked mummy's drink very much and daddy managed to catch one in the bottle that he had finished. They came very close to us and the Dolans said they would sting so I was glad when the meals came out as they weren’t interested because there was nothing sweet. Everyone had an ice cream after except for me. I was very disappointed as everyone was commenting on how delicious they were! I can’t wait until mummy lets me have some too! I fell asleep on the way home after such a big day.
After a feed and nappy change we went to the Lamb Inn pub for dinner. We all played with blocks, dominos and wire with beads thing. I like these English pubs with games for me!
We drove back to Bristol airport, and I did lots of climbing on luggage. Grandma and grandpa’s flight left just before ours, so they waited for us to check in. But it took so long to scan our luggage and suddenly we heard their flight announced over the loudspeaker. Grandma ran to the gate and mummy and I followed, but the gate was such a long way away! We finally made it to the gate, followed by daddy and grandpa, all huffing and puffing from the run. We said a rushed goodbye and then went back to our gate. Mummy and daddy and I were sad to say goodbye to grandma and grandpa, but happy the adventure is continuing for us!
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