AMAZING weekend! Yesterday was brilliant with zip-lining (preceeded by a significant amount of lazing about in the heat reading, which was BRILLIANT) and today was one of the most surreal of my life with the llama trekking…
First off, the B&B (Warfield House) was gorgeous (one of those places which, while it could do with a fresh coat of paint, it was very very comfortable and in such an amazing setting that you really didn’t mind either way!):
Zip lining was fun as shown below:
And the llama trek (with picnic lunch) was great (until the lighter coloured one decided that I needed a mud bath… I had a nice route across a muddy bit all planned out and then was pushed into the mud that came up past my ankles as the llama decided it was its turn to go on the dry bit… shortly followed by an unplanned dust roll. Lucky we were only leading them, rather than trying to ride them!):
Then it was a very sad goodbye to Sazzle and Chris (who are off to Killington while I am off back to work) before the 2.5 hour drive back to Boston. It went pretty quickly, partly due to my tendancy to drive slightly faster than is permitted, and partly due to the unmarked State Troopers who were playing hard to spot… I didn’t get caught, but there were a couple of close calls! Moral of the story, don’t drive fast kids (or if you do, keep a sharp eye!).
Once I got back to JP I did about half a ton of washing (it was getting to the point where I either needed to buy some more socks or do some washing – never good) and did a practise run of packing up my rucksack for next weekend (it’s the San Francisco / Yosemite trip – keeep up!). It’s going to be interesting as to how much I can physically pack, but I’m sure it’ll be ok. After that, my landlady and the family invited me to meet them at Bella Luna (a restaurant right next to my gym) for dinner after Liam (the elder boy, who is 9) had finished a recital at school. Luckily, him being done with the ‘torture’ (his word, not mine) of the recital process, the two kids were both in a good mood, and after a grilled avocado with quinoa and asparagus (go me being healthy) we went to JP Lick’s for ice cream (oops – that ruined it). Lovely.
Anyway, we have our work Summer Party tomorrow, on one of the harbour islands – the whole island is booked out to just us, and we have a private ferry going over there, and a BBQ and free bar. I think the inference is that, as it’s a Monday, the free bar won’t get too much use… I think they’ll be lucky if that is the case!