In advance of Halloween tomorrow the big D and I spent a happy hour carving our pumpkin. As you can see it’s a spectacular specimen! Super scary!!!
I was very careful to scrape out as much if the flesh as possible, so I think tomorrow’s job will be making a pumpkin pie!
We went hunting for sloes this afternoon, but to no avail. You could say it was pretty slow going! However, I did get to walk the red carpet, so not all was lost.
The big m was making spicy apple chutney this afternoon so we went to pick some apples from the garden. We seem to have grown monster fruit…. Look at the size of this one it’s almost as big as my head!
Home again. And we’ve had a busy few days.
First day back we went to Lyme Regis for the IOA’s (institute of archaeology) 15 year reunion. We missed the main event being in HK but managed to catch the tail end of it. It was nice to meet some of the big M & D’s old classmates, who were all bemoaning how old they’d got).
On Wednesday Uncle Eddy, who was over for the reunion, came to stay. I like him. He’s fun! On Thursday the Big M went to London so I spent the day with Big Ed (his uni nickname) and the Big D. We went for lunch on Ham Hill and I got to have a run around. Hooray!
The journey home could have been a nightmare, but ended up ok. We had to get up really early and missed breakfast, which was sad as I was looking forward to my customary croissant and cheese. We caught a taxi to the airport and watched the sunrise over Hong Kong.
The first flight was busy being a commuter flight to Beijing but we were seated in the bulkhead row so had enough space.
Once at Beijing we had a small issue in that my pushchair failed to arrive. We waited for AGES. It was ironic as we didn’t use it the entire trip. Eventually we gave up as we had our connection to make. There was a slight misunderstanding between us and the official airport lady at the gate who thought we were on an earlier flight than we were so we managed to be fast tracked through the airport on false pretenses bypassing massive queues… Ssshhh don’t tell anyone! I then spent a happy hour at the play area (the same one as the week before) before boarding our next plane.
The big M was not amused as they did not give us the bulkhead seats nor did they give me my own seat so the three of us were hemmed into two seats next to other people (poor them!). However, after a lot of huffing and puffing and sweet talking to the man next to her she managed to procure us our own row. This was perfect as unlike on the bulkhead aisle we were able to lift the arm rests and I could stretch out and sleep, which is exactly what I did for a few hours.
After 11 hours we arrived at Heathrow and again the pushchair was conspicuously missing at the gate. A very unhelpful woman was exceedingly unhelpful about what to do but a nice man (coincidentally the guy that checked us in the week before) helped and we eventually tracked the pushchair to the hold. So all was fine.
We then jumped in the car (which was luckily still where we left it) zoomed home and I was back in my own bed fast asleep by 9pm. Travelling. Simples!
Today was a day of many ups and downs. First we went down a few floors to breakfast and then back up again to get ready to go out. Once we left the hotel we walked to the upper deck entrance of the Star Ferry and then disembarked onto the raised walkway to Peddar Street. We walked a few blocks and came to the longest covered escalator system in the world. We, of course, travelled up it 800m in distance and 135m in elevation.
It took us through the mid levels towards the top of the peak. Once at the top, there was really only one direction to go: down. So we chose to wander through the HK botanical and zoological gardens where we saw orangutans, chimps, lemers, birds amongst other creatures.
The exit to the park took us right past the entrance to the Peak tram so with a snap change of plan we decided to jump aboard (managing to circumnavigate the 2 hour or so long queue by the big M giving it her best pathetic pregnant look – to give her her due if worked!). So we chugged our way back up to the top of the peak had a spot of lunch and caught the train down again.
Once back at the hotel we went up to the pool for a swim and then down to the club room for drinks and nibbles.
The biggest down of the day, however, was packing up to go home tomorrow. We’re leaving at the crack of dawn so no yummy breakfast and no morning swim. All very sad indeed. But I’ve had an amazing time and learnt loads. I’ve even mastered some Chinese!