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Saturday, 23 August 2008

Visitations and vacations..

We were fortunate enough to be visited by Paul, Judy and their two wonderful daughters a couple of days ago - you may know at least three-quarters of them as Total Podcastrophe - and we had a great time, showing them the delights of Ashridge (where, to be honest, we got a little bit lost.. and that's with three of us owning GPSs, but not having them with us at the time!), going bowling at the recently refurbished Go Bowling in Dunstable, and watching the long-awaited (and definitely worthwhile!) Be Kind Rewind in the evening. The next day, I tagged along with Paul and Judy to meet up with another long-time podcaster - 'Podcast Paul' Nicholls - for breakfast, and then they dispatched themselves to London after having been subjected to some rather bizarre (but hilarious) children's comedy TV on CBBC, called Sorry I've Got No Head, to meet up with some more listeners and collaborators in the wonderful world of podcasting!

While they were out, Lenni, Amy and I played Uno, and an interesting game of luck called 'secret' (that I can't find the rules for online) with conventional cards - some wonderfully traditional games, and a lovely way to spend the afternoon.

When the travellers had returned, we were again treated to some tasty food (Beth did a great job of catering for a houseful!) and then, before they had to leave for their last hotel stay, since they were departing for America the next day, we attempted a couple more geocaches - this time near Harpenden.

I'd not realised that The Nickey Line had once existed - an old railway track between Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead in the heyday of steam, and it was interesting to learn about it, once we had been there. Of the five geocaches that were along that line, we only found one - and even that took some rummaging through nettles and thorns. Perhaps I'll take the children for more sometime soon - hopefully with less occupational hazards!

Then, they were gone - definitely a highlight of the summer holidays, which have been quite remarkable, and aren't over yet! Jon and Lisa are coming to stay next Thursday - I have a Bank Holiday day off to spend time with them, and we'll probably be out and about at various other times... and I still haven't written up our trip to Legoland with Trev, yet, or Jemma's amazing singing session a few Saturdays ago. Hopefully I'll have a chance to catch up - it's what this blog is all about, I guess!

Posted by james at August 23, 2008 11:08 PM

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