25.09.2008 31 °C
Our last full day in London - we headed up to Maldon (where they produce sea salt - though we didn't pick any up for you Jo!). A bit of a cool day with more than the odd shower (we are still in England you know). Had lunch at a tidly little spot - bend your head when you enter the door (door about 5' high), little blue and white checked tablecloth, little cakes on old fashioned cake stands. Sarah is probably going to write a book and tour England - it will be titled Who makes a proper cheese and onion toasted sandwich. She has tried three times now (with Maldon being the latest) and they all fall short. The first one had the cheese melted on the top and the filling on the inside???, the second one - they toasted the bread separately and then filled the sandwich with unmelted cheese and raw onion mmmmm, the last one (after asking their method and explaining how disappointing the others had been arrived without onion!
Raining on the day we left (nonstop really). Although we did see Bob - Fiona and Kelvin's resident squirrel - so that was nice he said goodbye.
Its lovely visiting family but pretty hard when you have to say goodbye. The downside to travelling is missing family back home, and we now have even more family to miss - as Charlotte and Ross and Alex have a new addition to their family - Hayley Juliet Steel Jones born 23rd September 8lbs 3oz - all doing well.
Thanks Sheryl for your help with seating! Managed to get business class on the flight London-Los Angeles - and together. Caught up with Sandy Bowen-Valtorta (NLC Load control)(who's mum is looking after charlie dog - thanks again for the photos of him). And then spied Ken Graham (Domestic Ticketing) having a quiet beer - so we had to join him. Sarah's cider (pint!) seemed to relax her. Even bumped into Cynthia Huggins (Domestic CSA) around the baggage carousel. (who's minding the shop?).
The flight was smooth - although there was one dude who can snore louder than the jet engines. Plus he only needs to wake when the food is out for the whole 10 hr 30min flight! Thank heavens for ear plugs.
Weather in LA - clear blue sky - looking at a high of 31 degrees (sorry Fiona and Kelvin).
We're killing time waiting for Brittany to arrive in NZ6 - around noon. (someone may be a little excited (both mum and daughter probably) .... fancy a cup of coffee at 3.30am?
Still can't update with photos until October 1st as we've reached our upload limit - but will try our best with the rest.
PS. Happy Birthdays to Robyn and Corinne xx