Apologies for the long blog post but wanted to share pics from a trip Hattie and I took to England last week for her 12th birthday. So excited to be able to just hop on a few planes for under 4 hours of flying and a train ride and hang out with family and friends.
We left Umeå in the morning with the thermometer reading -18 celsius… and arrived to London where Hattie’s choice of clothing for the day (bare legs) was more appropriate… 10 degrees!
The first half of our trip was up to Sheffield/The Peak District to stay with Dave’s family. We had a quick tube trip to St Pancras (which I always thought was pronounced PancrEas!!) to get a train to Sheffield. Hattie got to meet for the first time her awesome cousins there and couldn’t have been happier. When Dave was 4 years old his Mum and Dad and the kids moved to Australia. It’s been wonderful over the years to stay in touch with them, with the occasional visit. We are hoping to have many more of these quick trips over to see them because they are THE BEST.
We had fun trips with Emma, Uncle Pat, Rich, Helena, Chris, Laura, and Uncle Mick to Chesterfield to see all the places Great Grandad/Grandma, Jack and Lyn have lived and even where Dave was born. A visit to the grave of Dave’s grandparents, the Chesterfield crooked spire church, pressuring Uncle Pat into paying for parking!, a walk out in the Peak District to a rock we never found (we wont name names about someone not wanting to walk there), a day wandering the shops in Sheffield and eating yummy curry (I wish you could hear how Sheffield-ers say “curry”…coo-ray), hunting for books in a quirky little book shop, and a wander around Bakewell visiting sweetie shops! Getting together with nearly all of the family for a fun dinner and celebration for Mel’s birthday where we played indoor hockey and just had a brilliant time chatting with everyone. Being able to have like minded conversations with family was wonderful xx To Emma and Rich, we love you guys for having us. Thank you xx