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Trip Start Nov 05, 2013
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Trip End Apr 27, 2014


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Saturday, March 8, 2014

To ensure we landed at Heathrow to glorious weather we hauled the sunshine back across the Atlantic Ocean with us and touched down as planned on a sunny Friday afternoon. We immediately headed north to Lichfield, the people of which Samuel Johnson once described as "the most sober, decent people in England" rather generous considering that it was the last place in the country to stop burning people at the stake. (Lonely Planet)
 
My friends are definitely not testament to this (well a few in particular) this was demonstrated at our "For One Night Only" house party. Our way of catching up with friends and all the happenings we'd missed. I'd made a bucket of Caiprinha for the celebrations and my Chemistry course mates provided a Pinata for added entertainment, a good warm up to ring of fire. It was great to see everyone.
 
Sunday we caught up with Anthony's family. It was amazing to see how much Madi (Anthony's niece) had grown, now a bright blue eyed inquisitive 11 month old desperate to play with everything in her toy box. An afternoon of watching sport (6 nations and twenty 20 cricket) in their lounge, with the obligatory delicious cake (pudding - sorry Andy), it almost felt like we hadn't been away.

 A day of chores and a day of clothes shopping occupied two more days with afternoon and evening drinks with friends in Birmingham, Sutton and Lichfield filling the nights. A house hunting trip around Lichfield to find a place for our squatter (my Mom) to live was a fun way to spend another sunny morning, we followed this with a tasty lunch and a stroll along the sunny canal to Fradley Junction. Not to break with our holiday tradition we of course had to have a drink or two. Visits to see friends and their young kids were also squeezed in, with me getting to meet the gorgeous Zachary Jolly for the first time.
  
Soon it was time to head down to London for my Mom's 60th celebrations, Anthony would arrive a day later after staying to go to Villa Park and watch the Chelsea game - a very good choice by him!
 
The celebrations included a trip down the river Thames from Westminster to Greenwich, lunch and a few drinks in a pub watching the final six nations game, a tasty curry, Venitian tapas, champagne afternoon tea and the show dirty rotten scoundrels....and she was still celebrating when we left as two of her sisters and my cousin had arrived from Canada. We were briefly able to catch up.
 
Other than the birthday celebrations I found time for delicious sushi and a late breakfast with uni friends. We also managed to keep the cricket theme going with a tour of Lords, the home of cricket. Unfortunately the Waterford Crystal trophy presented to the winning Ashes team Is back in Australia and we saw first hand why. The Ashes trophy itself we found out always stay at Lords, so I guess technically England still holds the Ashes ;-p. Jx
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