but we were quite happy to let our children "bond" in Clapham, while we had a little look round Welwyn Garden City and drove several times round their roundabouts, eventually arriving at Welwyn Garden City Cricket Club for the Under 18 County match between Herts and Norfolk, a game in which our nephew Bensk was playing.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the picturesque ground reminded me a little of Christleton's ground, although at Christleton there are no low flying trees with orangutans swinging on branches!
I couldn't believe it when the first person I saw on arrival was Cookie!!! I grew up with him and Phil on Norton Hill Drive Estate (138, 614547, haha) What a bonus!
Joe was playing here in the OD game the following day.
|It was like standing between Geoff and Tonse!!!!!!|
|Benski still batting! Though it wouldn't be for much longer.....whoopsieeeeeee|
|My fave bro and my fave Husb|
Meanwhile back at the Olympic Park The Pixen and The Drakester were having fun at the HOCKEY, while The Cubba was at the TENNIS watching the almighty FEDERER
(Can you all keep up with this itinery??!)(Cub made a flowchart haha)
|Have I told you how COLOURFUL the venues were.... they were soooo pretty.|
|A visitor to Pixen's knee.... well.. her knee IS flower-coloured|
All my daughters kept saying was "We really want to play Hockey again!!"
Consider the Generation Inspired!!
The quickest way back to Diddy's was the new JAVELIN LINE to KING'S CROSS (6 mins) (!) but they checked out PLATFORM 9 and 3 quarters first!
9 and 3/4 !!!
|Did you make a run for it, Drakey?|
Then it was fun and games back at the SmithyBears' before driving home.
Our nearest GOLD POSTBOX is in Flint.... Jade Jones WOOOO!
What a suberbly uplifting fortnight! We loved every minute of it, and it is a HUGE THANKYOU to our favourite son for making it all so easy for us.
The Gamesmakers....SO ENTHUSIASTIC-every day was like ONE BIG PARTY
JADE JONES face when she won Taekwondo GOLD
Beth Tweddle's amaaaaaaaazing routine
Ian Thorpe's gorgeous voice, accent and subtle ability to "own" Gary Lineker
Horses dancing to music
The half time SKIPPING at the Basketball....Fantastic!
Cubba's packed lunches
Radio Five Live commentary
Clare Balding being ultra smooth and super prepared
Sir Chris Hoy.
so many many more......and...
Mo ...the ICING on the cake...literally!
We are now looking forward to the Paralympics with Rich Hennahane competing in the Archery.
He just happens to be Drake's boyfriend's brother
and Rio anyone?
This is now the sign up at the Stratford station!