the locals refer to it as the gherkin. I bet the poor architect who slaved over this design is mortified. As we swung around the palace we were lucky enough to pass the changing of the guard.
At last I arrived at Heathrow ready to pick up my car from Avis. In order to for everyone to follow the next bit - british version will be in brackets. They upgraded my Ford Focus wagon (estate car) for a BMW version, very nice. It was low and narrow (normal) and took a bit of getting used to. Especially the stick shift ( gear lever) and driving on the other side of the road ( normal side of road). Roads were busy (normal) and as I got closer to Sarah's the roads were very narrow (normal) but I arrived unscathed. They were both really pleased to see me and I think Alana liked her back pack
and the denim dress
and her sundress
Sleep now thats an interesting word -- I think I remember what it used to feel like. Ho Hum! Saturday turned out to be a nice sunny day so we drove off to a Waterfowl Sanctuary on the outskirts of Banbury. There were lots of chickens, ducks, goats llamas and donkeys. Alana had lots of fun feeding them
She was also able to pet a few of the smaller animals, she had a rabbit, baby chick, hamster and a gerbil on her lap (not at the same time)
The evening was rounded off with home made chocolate puddings with runny centers and fresh strawberries - Sarah made them from scratch and they were delicious.
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